I am relieved to know that I am not the only person worried about water resources on our lovely planet. I was beginning to feel that I was being a weird lefty liberal once again, which is not how I see myself, but, I have been told, is how I may be perceived by others. Writing in the New York Times on April 8th, Thomas L. Friedman writes in his op-ed column The Other Arab Spring that he sees a tie-in between climate change and political instability like we are experiencing in Northern Africa and the Middle East.
He points out that Yemen is the first country in the world expected to run out of water.
He says, “The Arab awakening was driven not only by political and economic stresses, but, less visibly, by environmental, population and climate stress as well.”
He goes on to say, “If climate projections stay on their current path, the drought situation in North Africa and the Middle East is going to get progressively worse…”
“12 of 15 of the world’s most water-starved countries according to Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, the executive director of the Institute for Policy, Research and Development in London, writing in the Beirut Daily Star in February are (no real surprise) in the Middle East:
Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Israel, Palestine.
He ends with this, “While you may not be interested in climate change, climate change is interested in you.
So here for your enjoyment is a picture of our earth as it is today:
And here is a picture of the moon, which is exactly how the earth will look without water, except smaller: