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The Importance of MultiGen

While most of us accept water in a similar way to the air we breath, water still remains one of the concerns for most of the worlds population illustrated by the number of hits on Google these days on ways to get water. 300,000 a year on water from the atmosphere is a good example.
As we continue to pollute our waters, less fresh water is becoming available for us to drink. More rivers, lakes, and underground aquifers are drying up as the years pass. As bodies of water around the world continue to dry up, we’re seeing more drought conditions spread. There are dust storms in places which have never experienced them until now. As time flows, the amount of agricultural land shrinks, and deserts are growing.

Here are some of the signs of an upcoming global water crisis and some links you may be interested in reading.

  1. It is being projected that by the year 2030, global demand for water will be 40 percent higher than it is today.
  2. Worldwide demand for fresh water tripled during the last century, and is now doubling every 21 years.
  3. According to USAID, one-third of the population of the earth will be facing severe or chronic water shortages by the year 2025.
  4. Of the 60 million people added to the world’s cities every year, the vast majority of them live in impoverished areas that have no sanitation facilities whatsoever.
  5. It is estimated that 75 percent of the surface water in India is now contaminated by human and agricultural waste.
  6. If you can believe it, according to a UN study on sanitation, far more people in India have access to a cell phone than to a toilet.
  7. In the developing world, 90 percent of all wastewater is discharged completely untreated into local rivers, streams or lakes.
  8. Every 8 seconds, somewhere in the world a child dies from drinking dirty water.
  9. Due to a lack of water, Saudi Arabia has given up on trying to grow wheat and will be 100 percent dependent on wheat imports by the year 2016.
  10. In northern China, the water table is dropping one meter every single year because of drought and overpumping.
  11. Incredibly, a new desert the size of Rhode Island is created in China every single year because of drought and overpumping.
  12. In China, 80 percent of all major rivers have become so horribly polluted that they do not support any aquatic life at all at this point.
  13. Collectively, the women of South Africa walk the equivalent of the distance to the moon and back 16 times a day just to get water.

Here at World Environmental Solutions we continue to pursue clean energy and water from the atmosphere. Our ability to make water from a variety of sources free is the cutting edge of this technology exclusive to WES and now our partners MTI .


 

Country-By-Country Overview

Ethiopia: An estimated 8 million of Ethiopia's 60 million people are at immediate risk due to drought. UNICEF estimates that 1.4 million of those at risk are children under five. 

Eritrea: Successive years of drought, combined with the border war with Ethiopia, has created major food shortages. Nearly 1.3 million people are at risk, including an estimated 1 million who have been displaced by the war. 

Somalia: Due to seven consecutive poor harvests coupled with chronic insecurity in some regions, food stability is deteriorating, affecting as many as one million people, including 300,000 children aged under 5 years. The drought has been made worse by sudden torrential rains and flash flooding. 

Sudan: An estimated 2.8 million people in the south face food insecurity in the coming months.

Uganda: About 550,000 people face food insecurity.

Afghanistan: Large parts of the south are severely affected, where 60 to 80 percent of livestock have died. Almost 2.5 million people, or 10 percent of the population, are at risk and many of them will need assistance for at least the next 12 months.

China: In the northern Shanxi province, nearly 3 million people don't have enough water. About one-third of the province's wheat crop has been hit by the drought and more than 60 percent of its soil lacks water.

India: The government has mobilized massive relief efforts in several regions. Madhya Pradesh, along with the western states of Rajasthan and Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh in the south, are in the grip of a severe drought following the failure of last year's monsoon rains. Nearly 130 million people living in 12 States have been seriously affected by what some officials call the worst drought in 100 years. (See India page.)

Iran: The government has informed the United Nations office in Tehran that it is ready to accept international aid to help meet losses estimated at $1.7 billion from the drought. Iran needs about $200 million to provide water tankers and water purifying units for drought-hit areas.

Morocco: The government has launched a $633 million contingency plan to combat the worst drought for a decade. About 70 percent of the country's arable land has been affected.

Pakistan: Government officials estimate that nearly 3 million people - mostly villagers - face possible starvation. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Pakistan's southern Thar desert. The drought has devastated crops and livestock in the desert, home to 1 million people, sparking fears of a massive humanitarian crisis.

Zimbabwe: It is estimated that 75% of the crops grown in Zimbabwe will collapse this year due to drought.