Top 10 Future Concerns - 

Sustainable Water 

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On our blue planet 97.5% of the water is saltwater, unfit for human use. Less than 1% of freshwater is usable, amounting to only 0.01% of the Earth’s total water.1
By the mid-1990s, 80 countries home to 40% of world population encountered serious water shortages. Worst affected are Africa and the Middle East. By 2025 two-thirds of the world’s people will be facing water stress. The global demand for water will have grown by over 40% by then.1
Dirty water is the cause of numerous diseases, but improving hygiene and sanitation are equally important in order to curb water-related diseases. Malaria, borne by water-breeding mosquitoes, is the biggest killer, causing
1-2 million deaths a year. At any given time 100 million people suffer from the disease.1
There are 4 billion cases of diarrhoea worldwide each year and 2.2 million avoidable deaths – that’s a death every 14 seconds.1 Most diarrhoeal deaths occur in the Majority World and just being able to wash one’s hands with soap and water can reduce diarrhoea by 35%.2 Intestinal worms infect about 10% of the Majority World population. About 200 million people are affected by schistosomiasis (bilharzia), with 200,000 dying each year. After a peak in the late 1980s, guinea- worm infections have been declining as water sources are better monitored.1, 3
The recommended basic water requirement per person per day is 50 litres. But people can get by with about 30 litres: 5 litres for drinking and cooking and another 25 to maintain hygiene. The reality for millions comes nowhere near. A person needs 4 to 5 gallons of water per day to survive,

The average American individual uses 100 to 176 gallons of water at home each day.

Pollution is a major problem, resulting from human and farm animal waste, naturally occurring toxins, as well as the over 10 million different synthetic chemicals in use today. Aquifers are most severely depleted in parts of India, China, the US, North Africa and the Middle East. It can take centuries for aquifers to recharge, so the world is currently running a groundwater overdraft of 200 billion cubic metres a year.
Presently, 1.1 billion people lack access to improved water supply and 2.4 billion to improved sanitation (1). Unless action is stepped up, the number of people who lack access to improved water supply could increase to 2.3 billion by 2025 (13). Every 8 seconds a child dies from contaminated water.
Many causes of pollution including sewage and fertilizers contain nutrients such as nitrates and phosphates.  The pollution of rivers and streams with chemical contaminants has become one of the most crucial environmental problems within the 20th century. Waterborne chemical pollution entering rivers and streams cause tremendous amounts of destruction.
  Films on the web dedicated to water concerns.  
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