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Posted by Member # 1
Jun 21st 2010 @ 09:18 PM

As the world population continues to increase, the demand for the earth's natural resources continues to increase.

Consider the following sobering claims/facts stated in CBC's documentary "Future Earth 2025":

- There will be a 50% greater demand for water by 2030
- Less than 1/50th of the water on earth is freshwater, and of that, half is inaccessible, locked up in glaciers and the polar regions
- As the earth's water levels continue to drop, by 2017 the Hoover Dam will no longer provide drinking water to Las Vegas, Tucson, and San Diego, and it stops generating electricity to Los Angeles
- By 2025 Las Vegas could be choked by vast 60-mile dust storms
- By 2100 large parts of the world will become full-fledged deserts
- In 2025 it is expected there will be another desert locust plague destroying Morocco and Algeria farmlands in just two weeks, before migrating and consuming most of the vegetation in Italy and France
- In the last 5 years, the rainfall in California alone has dropped by 48%
- As rainfall decreases, wildfires will become bigger and more frequest than ever before
- The ten busiest fire seasons in the American West have occurred since 1999; this fire season now lasts 2 months longer, with 4 times as many fires.
- After years of drought, a large fire storm is likely to hit LA by 2025 consisting of a fire tornado
- Emergency planners in Southeast Asia, Australia, and South Africa have identified cities that are susceptible to the same large wildfires/fire storms
- Scientists predict the Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035 as a warming planet leads to both evaporation and melting of the ice
- In the future, water conflicts (over Dams for example) will trigger wars
- Scientists predict that by 2070 sea levels could rise by more than a foot and a half, leaving 150 million people potentially exposed to catastrophic flooding in cities such as Amsterdam, London, New Orleans, and New York


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