In approximately 25 years, fresh water may be hard to come by. Two new reports based on three years of research show that the entire world’s population may go thirsty by 2040.
Remarkably, by 2020, between 30 and 40 percent of the world’s population could be affected by water shortages. Much of the water shortage hinges on the way energy is produced today at coal-and natural-gas-fired power plants.
Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark, Vermont Law School and the CNA Corporation got together to study today’s energy production methods and how they compete with clean water sustainability. They were stunned by what they found and raised alarm. If humans continue on the same path of energy production that we are on today, wasting billions of gallons of water to cool coal-fired power plants, then in 25 years, all clean water sources could be tapped dry.