Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Love Of Water

"Once there was a river, now there's a stone"

It's not just a lyric, you know. The rivers are running dry (some random examples) and stones in river-beds are bad for the backstroke.

How couldn't we have seen this coming? It takes twenty tons of water to make one pound of coffee. A thousand liters to grow a kilo of wheat. Chew on that chapati, Chandu.

Fred Pearce, author and environmental scientist, was on Fresh Air last night. He has a new book titled "Water: The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century" about - you guessed it - the coming global water crisis. Another interview with the author here.

Read and shiver.

9 comments:

Cherie! said...
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Cherie! said...

....but I would not feel so all alone / (everybody must get stoned)

scout said...

I know... I studied it in an economic development class last year - the water crisis. I was very depressed for some time until I saw Cameron Diaz on MTV being equally concerned. I knew the world would be alright then.

km said...

LOL, Scout....Ms. Diaz is *very* concerned about water conservation. For instance, you will never see her in a role that requires her to do a bathtub scene that were so common in 1950s films.

Cherie!, non-sequitur lyric, but I agree, everybody must get stoned. Even if you are at the breakfast table.

Alok said...

you guys are funny :)

GhostOfTomJoad said...

Yes, I need a little water of love...er, that's no lyric either :-)

Years ago, before water became the problem it is beginning to become now, I remember, BBC had run this documentary that said that the next major war in the world may well be fought over water.

km said...

Ghost, a war over water? That's it, I am switching to beer.

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