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Air and Water Catastrophes Looming

February 22, 2015
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air and water matter

Climate changes occur naturally over time. However, economic activity creates an impact. For years, air pollution from China has been a threat to health. Now, India is leading China in the amount of pollutants in the air.

The United States is monitoring air quality in China, India, Vietnam, Mongolia and elsewhere. It is helping Americans take actions to protect themselves. Findings of climate change are used to push nations to take actions on their own.

India is becoming alarmed by its pollution. President Obama visited the country recently. One scientist said the president might have lost six hours from his expected lifespan as a result of spending three days in Delhi.

Water is becoming scarce in some countries. Brazil has abundant supplies of fresh water. It has been called the Saudi Arabia of water. That does not mean all is well. Human development (housing) and poor land management have taken their toll. The taps are beginning to run dry in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city.

Experts say water rationing may be needed in Brazil. The rivers are polluted. Millions of gallons are lost on the way to the faucet. Brazilians are becoming outraged. One said, “This is Brazil, where people are being treated worse than dogs by their own politicians.” Officials are blaming everything and everybody.

One writer said, “They have not hit the worst of it yet if they are not trucking in water in large amounts.” He compares the Brazilian crisis with the situation in cities in India and Pakistan where residents go foraging for water or buy it on the black market from truck-size tankers.

Pakistan is bracing for a water crisis. An official cited the alarmingly rapid depletion of Pakistan’s water supply. It is the result of global climate change and local waste and mismanagement

To debate about climate change no longer makes sense. It is real. If worldwide action does not take place, our poor air quality and lack of water supply will put civilization at risk.

Source: The New York Times February 14, 2015                                                                                                 Source: The New York Times February 15, 2015                                                                                                   Source: The New York Times February 12, 2015

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