Apparently George has read a novel and we\’re all doomed, doomed I tell you.
"Water scarcity is already acute in many regions, and farming already takes the lion\’s share of water withdrawn from streams and groundwater." Ten per cent of the world\’s major rivers no longer reach the sea all year round.
Buried on page 148, I found this statement. "If present trends continue, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity by 2025, and two-thirds of the world population could be subject to water stress." Wastage and deforestation are partly to blame, but the biggest cause of the coming droughts is climate change. Rainfall will decline most in the places in greatest need of water. So how, unless we engineer a sudden decline in carbon emissions, are we going to feed the world? How, in many countries, will we prevent the social collapse that failure will cause?
Ever thought of pricing it appropriately George? You know, this strange, almost laughably lunatic idea that scarece resorces are best managed by markets?