“Water: Innovation, Impact and Sustainability.” The Arctic Snowball Effect.

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Water is central to survival. Fact. In my previous article “ What does a Monkey know of the Taste of Ginger?” I briefly discussed the importance of water sustainability and why I belief water can provide the most efficient resource in order to improve sustainability, particularly in regards to developing countries.]

Why? Planet Earth consists of around 71% of water, 96.5 % of this figure is made up of the world’s oceans, the rest being vapour, humans and terrain. (USGS)

Now, if we consider the distant future, this offers us an enormous amount of potential to utilise. If we consider effective methods such as the efficient capitalisation and the predicament of global warming in regards to sea levels, we could potentially capitalise on this to offer us the necessary fuels to sustain practical and efficient living.

If we break this down and consider the polar ice caps melting in the Arctic then we can gain a visual representation of the potential devastating consequences of water. Large ice formations such as the polar ice caps naturally melt during summer months due to the instability of temperature fluctuations. However, in previous years winter snow has generally balanced out this melting thus limiting the potential damage that may be caused.

However, within recent years Global Warming has taken affect, the increase in persistently high temperatures caused by Global Warming have led to noticeably reduced winters thus (pardon the pun) have led to a snowballing effect and a shift in the equilibrium of stability. As a result of this sea levels rise.

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Polar Ice Caps

What if we can utilise this waste and make it into a positive? If we can capitalise on water innovation and reduce the monumental effects of melting glaciers then surely this would create a positive situation in which we can expand our ideas from.

Although this is just one suggestion, it does offer an insight into the possibility of water innovation and the outlook that this may offer for many industrial, ecological and agricultural industries. Improving water sustainability will improve health and sanitation, allow for the agricultural industry to thrive in areas that are in dire need but also offer us a consistent tool for energy.

Although this is only theoretically speaking, but wouldn’t it be amazing if we can devise a way to obtain and collect this water and transport it to areas in desperate need? Not only would this have positive effect on coastlines that are at constant risk of collapsing altogether due to sea rise but it will also offer humanitarian relief to those that can only benefit from this supply. This is certainly food for thought in regards to the future of developing efficient use of water supplies.

22521.jpgEnergy counts for 20% of water demand. (Water for Life)

With developed countries having a larger access to freshwater and having a higher energy demand this puts pressure on economically weak countries. Energy sustainability is severely lacking within these countries and the consequence is a lack of potential growth in areas that are in vital need of support. Sustainable living is important and we as a global economy need to prioritise sustainability in order to continue to thrive.

Gareth Gartside

 

Bibliography:

 

USGS:

http://water.usgs.gov/edu/earthhowmuch.html

 

Water for Life: http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/water_and_sustainable_development.shtml

 

 

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