Water futures

  • Created by: Amy Brown
  • Created on: 08-06-14 11:35
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  • Water futures
    • The issues of future projections are that climate change is occurring but its exact impact cannot be predicted
    • Alternative Scenarios for water by 2025
      • Business as usual
        • Water scarcity will reduce food production
        • Consumption will rise by 50%
        • Household water use rise by 70%
        • Industrial water demand in developing countries will increase
        • Developing countries will rely on food imports but increase hunger
        • In parts of western USA, China etc. water will be pumped out faster that can be recharged
      • Water crisis
        • Global water consumption will increase
        • Demand for water will fall
        • Demand for industrial warer will rise 33%
        • Food production will decline and food prices will increase
        • Conflict over water between and within countries will increase
      • Sustainable water
        • Global and Industrial water use will have to fall
        • Global rain-fed crop yields increase due to improvements in water harvesting and sustainable farming
        • Agricultural and domestic water prices double
        • Food production could increase slightly
        • Investment in crop research and technology would increase
        • Unsustainable pumping of groundwater would end


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