Environment & Energy

Freshwater shortage looming as next world crisis

Remember the rhyme of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink?”

Even though water covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, less than 2 percent is freshwater. Therein lies the problem. As the world’s population grows, demand for water is increasing; in periods of drought it becomes a crisis.

California has been in the grip of a severe drought this year. As summer ends, we are beginning to see the economic impact and it is staggering