03/11/2009 03:26 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Population growth, climate change sparking water crisis: UN

Surging population growth, climate change, reckless irrigation and chronic waste are placing the world's water supplies at threat, a landmark UN report said on Wednesday. [1] Compiled by 24 UN agencies, the 348-page document gave a grim assessment of the state of the planet's freshwater, especially in developing countries, and described the outlook for coming generations as deeply worrying. [1] " Unless their links with water are addressed and water crises around the world are resolved, these other crises may intensify and local water crises may worsen, converging into a global water crisis and leading to political insecurity at various levels. [1] A Cambridge, Massachusetts-based desalination start up has closed on a $10 million round of funding to develop its proprietary technology to produce clean, potable water from salt water using one tenth the amount of energy used in traditional desalination plants. [3] Now that their new company- Oasys Water- has secured Series A funding, it can proceed with the development of its potentially revolutionary commercial desalination platform. [3] The result is a reduction in the economics of seawater desalination that will ultimately bring the cost of producing water from the ocean below the cost of conventional surface water, such as that used in California's aquaduct system. [3]
  1. Population growth, climate change sparking water crisis: UN (Yahoo Environment)
  2. Water Scarcity Becomes a Growing Business Risk (solveclimate)
  3. Engineered Osmosis: Revolutionizing Saltwater Desalinization (Celsias)