Monday, February 20, 2012

The Problem is Not Scarcity

The common sense assumption that desert regions mean insurmountable water scarcity is no longer true, thanks to developments in water desalination and treatment technology.  As this news article points out, the Israeli water company Mekorot predicts a water surplus "within eight years."

YNet Environment - Israel to water surplus within the decade

Desalination poses its own issues, including massive energy requirements and, depending on the desalination method, negative environmental impacts on the seawater source.  However, there is no longer the argument that water is so scarce that the Bedouins cannot receive their rightful share.

- F.B.J.

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