Water .. The Drop Of Lilfe
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. -Thomas Fuller
Water is fundamental for life and health. The human right to water is indispensable for leading a healthy life in human dignity. It is a pre-requisite to the realization of all other human rights.
- United Nations
Only 2.5% of the world's water is not salty, and two-thirds of that is trapped in the icecaps and glaciers. Of what is left, about 20% is in remote areas and most of the rest comes at the wrong time and in the wrong place, as with monsoons and floods. The amount of fresh water available for human use is less than 0.08% of all the water on the planet. About 70% of the fresh water is already used for agriculture, and the report says the demands of industry and energy will grow rapidly. The World Water Council report estimates that in the next two decades the use of water by humans will increase by about 40%, and that 17% more water than is available will be needed to grow the world's food… The commission concludes that "only rapid and imaginative institutional and technological innovation can avoid the crisis".
Researchers in MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering believe they have pinpointed a pathway by which arsenic may be contaminating the drinking water in Bangladesh, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists, world health agencies and the Bangladeshi government for nearly 30 years..
The NW India is under water stress from years. Everyone knows that ground water is being used at an alarming rate. But there is no concrete data about what is the rate of decline of ground water level. NASA with it's GRACE satellite comes up with some DATA.. please Read on......
India made enormous strides during and after the Green Revolution that enabled the country to become self sufficient in food grains. The revolution allowed India to lift millions of people out of poverty. Agricultural growth during this period reduced poverty by raising farm incomes, increasing the demand for rural labor, and reducing food prices....