NASA Warns That World’s Aquifers Are Drying Up

Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne Calls Attention to NASA Water Crisis Findings. Sharon Kleyne Says UN Must Do More Than It Is Doing About Water Crisis.

Sharon Kleyne, like water advocates everywhere, is happy to see NASA weigh in on the world’s water crisis with its advanced research and technology, but the actual findings are disturbing. “NASA’s findings,” said Kleyne, “underscore the need for more education about water and the process of water evaporation and for the United Nations do more about the world’s water crisis than just talk and spend grant money.”

According to NASA satellite data, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/06/16/new-nasa-studies-show-how-the-world-is-running-out-of-water/?utm_term=.7120081fb78b twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers “have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study period.” Unfortunately, researchers concluded that this is a global problem that appears to be getting worse, not better. In fact, 15 of the aquifers were categorized as critical. Reporting on the study, Todd C. Frankel wrote that “Scientists had long suspected that humans were taxing the world’s underground water supply, but the NASA data was the first detailed assessment to demonstrate that major aquifers were indeed struggling to keep pace with demands from agriculture, growing populations and industries such as mining.”

“The situation is quite critical,” said Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and principal investigator of the University of California Irvine-led studies. Aquifers supply 35% of the water used by humans and that percentage spikes in times of drought. For instance, during California’s drought, aquifer water use climbed to 60 percent. “The water table is dropping all over the world,” Famiglietti said. “There’s not an infinite supply of water.” Famiglietti went on to say that our problems with ground water are made worse by global warming. People who live in the mid-range latitudes pump more water out of aquifers to deal with dry conditions. Once that water is pumped from the ground, evaporates and gets recirculated to areas farther north and south.

Scientists also say that steps to reverse this situation may be too little, too late. They point to California where the Central Valley aquifer is the most troubled aquifer in the U.S. It’s being drained to irrigate farm fields. The state passed is first extensive groundwater regulations in 2014, but t could take two decades before the new law takes full effect. By then, the aquifer may be empty.

Such dire forecasts urge Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, and others to call on the UN to become much more proactive about water education and research. “The UN also needs to get into the fields and do something about all of the lost groundwater that is running off to the oceans,” said Kleyne. Kleyne knows that replenishing an aquifer is a slow process, sometimes taking thousands of years. “We have to start now,” said Kleyne, “or we will soon be dry.” Kleyne also calls for new, advanced water technology to make use of recently discovered, untapped aquifers in Africa and deep under California’s Central Valley.

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Would you like to share your thoughts on our diminishing aquifers around the world, water evaporation, water research and new technology? Have you had problems getting and using clean water? Do you think NASA’s conclusions are accurate? Do you think that the UN is doing enough to solve humanity’s water problems? If you have comments or stories you’d like to share, we’d like very much to hear from you! You can reach us in the following ways. Sharon@biologicaquaresearch.com 800-367-6478 ~ Fax 541-474-2123 http://www.naturestears.com or on Twitter at @sharonkleynehr

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Sharon Kleyne Cites China’s Chengdu As Model Water Developer

Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne Calls Attention to UNIDO-China Cooperation. United Nations Sponsors BOT Projects in Developing Countries.

When China’s economic reforms began in 1978, Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan Province in southwest China, was one of many cities that swiftly experienced fresh water shortages. Population skyrocketed (from half-a-million people to over 9 million in twenty-five years) and existing infrastructure was strained to the breaking point. Obviously, the city desperately needed new water facilities and rejuvenated existing ones. Water Educator Sharon Kleyne observed that this situation was and is facing communities all over the world and we need leaders and researchers to step up to find viable solutions to the world’s fresh water crisis.

Enter, at the invitation of the Chinese government, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). UNIDO partnered with China’s Ministry of Light Industry to offer foreign investment programs in Chengdu and other provinces. UNIDO offered technical support and mentored China in absorbing foreign investment. UNIDO also supported the State Planning Commission as it created regulations to establish standard concession agreements for Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) projects in the road, power and water sectors.

This led to one of the first three BOT projects in China. Beginning in 1999, Chengdu #6 Water Plant was designed and created by a joint venture made up of the French Companie Generale Des Eaux (CGE) and the Japanese company, Marubeni, which was granted the rights to operate the plant for 18 years. Thanks to this cooperative project, Chengdu and developing industrial zones in the region benefited from new technology that processed treated water in a cost-effective manner. The project also included best practices for the management and operation of water treatment facilities. This investment in clean water was essential to the health and development of Chengdu and its entire neighboring region. An Asian Development Bank Report http://www.gsep-ppp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/china-chengdu.pdf stated that “without the public-private partnership, the city of Chengdu would not have been able to expand its water supply capacity so quickly or be equipped to meet the demand for a growing economy.”

UNIDO’s goals through 2030 include its Agenda for Sustainable Development and in particular to Sustainable Development Goal 9—Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Water advocate Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, applauds the UN’s earlier and current efforts through its UNIDO program, yet she is not satisfied that the international organization is doing all that it might to make a more positive impact on the water crisis facing the planet. “The UN could do a lot more in terms of water education and new water research, especially among young people,” Kleyne said. “We can’t be satisfied with the UN or anyone else until we find workable solutions for the world’s water crisis.”

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Would you like to share your thoughts on water in China and elsewhere in the world? How about water evaporation, water research and new technology? Have you had problems getting and using clean water? Do you think that the UN is doing enough to solve humanity’s water problems? If you have comments or stories you’d like to share, we’d like very much to hear from you! You can reach us in the following ways. Sharon@biologicaquaresearch.com 800-367-6478 ~ Fax 541-474-2123 http://www.naturestears.com or on Twitter at @sharonkleynehr

Sharon Kleyne Asks Why Can’t We Collect More Rain

The World Has Experienced Climate Change Since the Beginning of Time Says Kleyne. Catching More Rain Would More Than Offset Global Warming Says Kleyne.

Water advocate and Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® founder and director Sharon Kleyne has challenged world leaders and researchers to make water infrastructure their number one priority. Kleyne also insists that they discover and develop new water technology that will allow humanity to capture much more rainfall than it is currently doing. Kleyne believes that by doing so, coupled with the recent discoveries of untapped aquifers in Africa and California would effectively do a lot to lessen the impact of the global warming and dramatic climate change we have witnessed since the dawn of the industrial revolution.

Kleyne reminds people that the world and its watery atmosphere has always experienced climate change. “That’s nothing new,” said Kleyne. “Millions of years ago super volcanoes were polluting the atmosphere just like our automobile and industry carbon emissions do today.” This is a detail that watchdog organizations like NASA and the United Nations inconveniently overlook in their research and assessments that claim human activity accounts for the current global climate crisis. “What’s going on with the weather is natural,” said Kleyne. “It’s happened before and will happen again.”

Meanwhile, Kleyne sticks to her point that much relief could come our way if we redirected our focus onto collecting rain water and preserving and developing new aquifers and reservoirs. “The average person doesn’t take water seriously enough,” said Kleyne, “and world leaders and organizations like the UN have so far been reluctant to devote the necessary resources to education and new technology.” Without these resources, Kleyne believes that we will continue to waste vast quantities of fresh water as it runs off to the oceans.

And what happens as we lose more and more fresh water? According to Kleyne, illnesses increase on a global scale and cures become scarcer and scarcer as we treat symptoms rather than find and develop cures. Kleyne believes that we all must get more serious about health and water education. “We all need to be more proactive,” says Kleyne, “or we’ll be facing global epidemics and fresh water shortages like nothing we’ve ever seen before.”

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Would you like to share your thoughts on the world’s water crisis, water evaporation, water research and new technology? Have you had problems getting and using clean water? What do you think we should do about collecting and using rain water? Do you think that the UN is doing enough to solve humanity’s water problems? If you have comments or stories you’d like to share, we’d like very much to hear from you! You can reach us in the following ways. Sharon@biologicaquaresearch.com 800-367-6478 ~ Fax 541-474-2123 http://www.naturestears.com or on Twitter at @sharonkleynehr