Which nations consume the most freshwater? And how? (Sankey diagram).
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- Me too :)
It has been very fashionable to criticize - even justly - the US: I have. And in many cases the criticism is warranted; and proof of how open a society the US can be.
But seriously, we all share this one Earth and blaming one guy, no matter how powerful (still human after all, right?), doesn't solve anything: especially when the energy spent always pointing fingers can be better spent by doing something positive, even if the world deems what you can do a "small" task.May 23, 2012
- Austin D+1I agree singling out, or being overtly negative on one group/entity -- when the sum of the other parts are equally important -- does nothing to solve the issue per se. However, I tend to believe humanity ends where the mob begins (as history has repeatedly shown). And today's mobs are largely the global corporations unfortunately.
This was shared days ago, but here it is again for comparison sake for this thread's discussion -- it truly puts things in perspective for not only freshwater, but all forms of water in general:
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/2010/gallery/global-water-volume.htmlMay 23, 2012
- Corporations currently lack a sufficient counter-balancing check on their power - transcending national boundaries, they are subject to the will of no particular country or people. The wealth they have accumulated has given them the power to further stack the game in their favor through lobbying and outright buying of representative leadership in their various 'markets' and 'geographies.' And they exist only to maximize shareholder profits. Relative to democratic government, the transnational corporation is like a malignant neoplasm, exploiting the 'tissues' of society to further its own ends as it spreads without check.May 23, 2012
- Austin D+1Well said, agree 100%. The behavior of corporations reveals one of the fundamental flaws of human behavior if left unchecked: greed. The more removed one is from what or who their decisions impact, the less concern or understanding is shown, with rationalizing and denial used to justify macroeconomic policies and business decisions. Again, humanity ends where mob-think begins.May 23, 2012
- Agreed. I wonder if there are statistics, or even an infographic showing how water rights are distributed among corporate and municipal entities, as well as groups of private citizens, etc.?May 23, 2012
- http://www.maweb.org/documents/document.312.aspx.pdfDoing a quick search, I stumbled upon this:
This is a 43 page document and doing a quick scan, may be able to provide some insight -- it is titled Freshwater Ecosystem Services, Chap 7 of a larger work by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA).
The site is intriguing. The organization called the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) was setup in 2000 by the United Nations. Lots of reference material here it seems -- will definitely need to spend some time digging for info. But it's a start!May 23, 2012