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Approximately 60 to 70% of the rural population in the developing world have neither access to a safe and convenient source of water nor a satisfactory means of waste disposal. Every living thing needs water and every living thing is made of at least some water; e.g., a chicken is about 75% water and a pineapple is about 80% water.
* Humans take in over 16,000 gallons of water during their lifetime and on average 2.5 quarts a day.
* Experts speculate that by 2000, the world’s consumption of water will double from what it was in the 1980s.
* Since only 3% of the water on earth is freshwater, and 97% of the water is trapped in glaciers, most of the water on earth is not easily available.
Global water crisis
The world’s water crisis has many faces. A girl in Africa walks three miles before school to fetch water from a distant well. A teenage boy in China is afflicted with terrible skin lesions because his village well is contaminated with arsenic.
Impoverished slum dwellers in Angola draw drinking water from the local river where their sewage is dumped. Farmers on the lower reaches of the Colorado River struggle because water has been diverted to cities like Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
According to the United Nations, every day 4,400 children under the age of 5 die around the world, having fallen sick because of unclean water and sanitation. In fact, five times as many children die each year of diarrhea as of HIV/AIDS. A third of the world’s population is enduring some form of water scarcity. One in every six human beings has no access to clean water within a kilometer of their homes. Half of all people in developing countries have no access to proper sanitation. Water is critical for life and for livelihoods. Yet billions of people suffer from disease, poverty and a lack of dignity and opportunity because they have no access to this basic resource.
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Your comments leave out the two necessary keys to solve our overpopulated human dilemma -- family planning and recycling. If we peacefully reduce the human population and recycle 100% of all waste and garbage, there will be plenty of fresh water for everyone, all other problems will become manageable and everyone can live in peace, balance and reasonable contentment, even happiness. If we fail to do those minimum reforms, our civilization will collapse and our human species will go extinct on a toxic planet Earth. It has already begun to happen with storms and floods, drought and wildfires getting so much worse as the Earth tries to heal itself, hundreds and thousands of people are dying. Read my home page for a more complete explanation, listed below this window.
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