Global experts say that devastating floods on the scale of the recent catastrophes in Pakistan and Australia, and which used to occur only once every hundred years, are now expected to be as frequent as every 20 years.
The warning came at an international conference hosted by Canadian Water Network (CWN), with 300 international scientists, policy makers, and economists in attendance. CWN executive director, Bernadette Conant, used as an example the town of Smithers in British Columbia, which has suffered from three major floods in just the past two decades.
Global researchers estimate that climate change coupled with increased population will result in demand for water exceeding supply by 40%, leaving one-third of the humanity with only half the water required for basic needs and also affecting food production.
Dr. Zafar Adeel, chair of the UN Water agency, which coordinates the efforts of 28 United Nations agencies focused on global water issues, warned, “Climate change will affect societies and ecosystems most profoundly through the medium of water, but there is no other way to generalize the crises ahead. At unpredictable times, too much water will arrive in some places and too little in others.”
Our appreciative thanks Mr. Adeel, Executive Director Conant, other scientists and organizations for highlighting this real and urgent issue of our time. May we quicken our pace to halt climate change and return the planet to her verdant beauty with sufficient water resources for all.
During a video message for a June 2009 climate change conference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the severe water and related crises facing the planet, along with the actions needed to prevent them.