Peak Water: Aquifers and Rivers Are Running Dry. How Three Regions Are Coping
Water has been a serious issue in the developing world for so long that dire reports of shortages in Cairo or Karachi barely register. But the scarcity of freshwater is no longer a problem restricted to poor countries. Shortages are reaching crisis proportions in even the most highly developed regions, and they’re quickly becoming commonplace in our own backyard, from the bleached-white bathtub ring around the Southwest’s half-empty Lake Mead to the parched state of Georgia, where the governor prays for rain. Crops are collapsing, groundwater is disappearing, rivers are failing to reach the sea. Call it peak water, the point at which the renewable supply is forever outstripped by unquenchable demand.
More people = less water. Simple really. Nobody wants to notice the elephant in the room, the one with the words population control on its side. 20 billion humans are forecast for the end of this century, with a billion in the USA.