Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Peak Water: The Rise and Fall of Cheap, Clean H2O

The Earth's surface is mostly water, yet across increasingly large swaths of the planet, H2O reservoirs are drying up. This isn't a metaphor, and it's not hyperbole. It's a fact that's changing the destinies of companies and nations.

Three of the world's greatest rivers, the Colorado in the U.S., the Nile in Egypt and the Yellow River in China, have been so depleted by cities, farms, factories and dams along their banks that they often no longer reach the sea. Growth in the desert city of Las Vegas, which depends on Colorado River water contained by the Hoover Dam, has been stunted not only by a spectacular real estate crash, but by a 46 percent drop in the amount of water in Lake Mead, behind the dam. Simply put, there's no more water to be taken. Read More