More Resource Doom – World Demand Will Exceed Available Fresh Water Supplies By 50%

In less than 20 years, it is estimated that demand for fresh water will exceed the world’s supply by over 50 percent. Vanishing Water Supply

The news just keeps getting better and better. Read this article first, and then ask yourself, what happens when we reach 100% of the fresh water consumption? That will occur at some point long before 20 years. Then what? Then the water wars will be fought in earnest (not that they aren’t now).

Agricultural demands (food production) need to be dramatically altered long before then. This will require abandoning the existing methods of food production for water conservation techniques. But not in 20 years. This is a widely optimistic and totally unrealistic claim. Critical shortages of essential resources will have revealed themselves long before then.

The resulting resource wars and population dieoff will make today’s ‘problems’ and issues look like Disneyland.

Peak water, peak energy, peak climate, peak resources — is there a pattern emerging here? Of course there is, it’s called peak population and peak civilization. Human demand upon the natural resource LIMITS has far exceeded the planet’s carrying capacity. It was inevitable that we would hit peak ‘everything’.

Prepare yourselves for a drastically reduced future of EVERYTHING.

Update: Wheat is up 285% since the year 2000.  More Wheat Needed To Meet Demand (.mp3 file).

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10 thoughts on “More Resource Doom – World Demand Will Exceed Available Fresh Water Supplies By 50%

  • October 12, 2007 at 9:23 am
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    An ‘alarmist’ yet utterly naive article at the same time. It continues to amaze me just how stupid even allegedly intelligent people (authors, groups, etc) are. The entirety of ‘resource ‘problems’ humanity now is faced with (not ‘merely’ potable water) is ‘purely’ the direct consequence of massive over-population combined with exploitive and wholly unsustainable milieu of perpetual growth (aka greed) – period.

    The bad news: die-off happens.
    The good news: die-off happens.

    The ugly news: it will happen here (to you).

    Plan accordingly. If you fail to plan you plan to fail.

  • October 12, 2007 at 11:13 am
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    Giving up is not part of my survival strategy,and never will be. Knowing all these things and doing nothing about it is what they do. Preparation helps me face the challenges of today with confidence,but is and hope always will be plan B. If the threat of these problems is over whelming what will you do when they are upon you? Will a toothache have you looking down the barrel of your gun wondering if life is worth living? If hopelessness is your plan all you need is one gun and one bullet, and please impliment it now. We need the resources you are consuming.
  • October 12, 2007 at 11:38 am
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    You know you are right John.

    The oil is obvious and now.

    The food is next. These recent price increases are just the beginning as the government (and their behind the scenes global manipulators) print money to conquer the world and turn food into fuel.

    Water is not far behind. I did papers on water in school and used to think the next big war was going to be over it. Live and learn.

    Insanity rules. Nothing to do for the herd. Prepare for yourself and loved ones.

    Peace

    Den

  • October 12, 2007 at 2:29 pm
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    How can this be, how can we be running out of things???? Where it is all going? Them mean mean countries are taking it, aren’t they????
    OH! OH! OH! this is too much for me…..

    I have other things to concern myself with:
    why,Al Gore has won the Nobel peace prize and will the top weekly question ( Does Sarah Silverman Suck?) ever be answered? and I have my weekly football pool picks to take care of…

    God, next thing you’ll be telling me is that the magnetic poles are going to shift…

    Be seeing you…

  • October 12, 2007 at 5:24 pm
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    Water Wars, eh? What, the Rooskies are going to invade and take Lake Michigan back to Leningrad? No really, If you “win” a water war what do you do with the proceeds?

    Second, all of us here in the mega doom community are certain that TPTB are going to pull the plug next Tuesday (about tea time). Reading anything that extrapolates trends out beyond the next couple of years is utterly pointless.

    My well or spring going dry is relevant to me. Some other country’s equivelent of the Ogalalla Aquifier spitting mud is a non issue. When industrial production and bid ag tank from the coming bazzooness Mexico will get the Colorado River back…

  • October 12, 2007 at 8:05 pm
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    Here’s a relevant water issue for northern Georgia and maybe some 6 million people,

    http://www.wsbtv.com/video/14321300/
    index.html

    a dry Allatoona lake bed, wonder where the fish went? Click on the Lake Lanier (a man made reservoir) and see that from Atlanta to other users down stream on the Chattahoochee river, to satisfy just a few people and businesses they could empty the lake in 2 to 3 months. The tributary’s are not flowing enough so the “Corp of Imaginer’s” make up by releasing more from the lake (min of 5,000 cfs) to “fulfill down stream requirements”. Gotta follow the rules and nature be damned I guess, this reminds me of the movie “Idiocracy” problem is I can’t turn it off.
    A news link.

    http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/
    stories/20071010/localnews/197298.shtml

  • October 12, 2007 at 8:18 pm
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    Just found this link with some arial photos in the left side bar.

    http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/
    stories/2007/10/10/wateruse_1011.html

    Just posting this because I did not think we had a lakes drying up like Lake Chad in Africa, but then I see that Lake Mead is down almost a hundred feet out west and California may put water rationing in place soon. Time to go find a happy place for a while.

  • October 15, 2007 at 5:16 am
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    Water rationing in Athens, GA (population 111,000): http://www.11alive.com/news/article_news.aspx?storyid=104183
    Lake Allatoona has been a mud puddle for nearly 15 years now, and my grandparents who built their retirement home on “new” Lake Lanier in the late 1960’s saw their section of the lake turn into a grassy meadow with rusting boat docks by the late 1980’s (the lake was so low consistently). Kali has the gist of it, oil, food, and then water (in rapid, self-reinforcing series….how do you pump groundwater without cheap energy? How do you grow food without water?)
  • October 15, 2007 at 5:04 pm
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    Hey guys new to the site. I came across this discussion on the water wars and understand completly. I live in Oregon and we have a nuclear waste site up river aways that is dumping toxic waste in to our river which in return is to be said that this water will be our drinking water in the next 20 to 30 years. Its bad enough that we are fighting with California right now for our water supply. If they win this case you can bet that those years will be decreased dramatically.

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