Published on September 11th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan25
Towing Icebergs For Clean Water
The lack of clean water is already a major crisis around the world. Here are a few facts demonstrating the crisis today:
- “The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.”
- “At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.”
- “80% of all diseases and sicknesses are water borne.”
- “65% of the world’s riverine ecosystems are ‘moderately to highly threatened’” from pollution (see link in subheading).
Pretty staggering already. However, one of the unfortunate things we already know about climate change is that it is going to increase the places in the world that are facing severe drought, making the water crisis even worse. So, innovative yet relatively clean solutions to this problem will be extremely important for millions of people. Could towing icebergs to drought-stricken regions be one of those solutions? Dassault Systems thinks so. Check out this video for more:
For a bit of information on the relationship between water and energy, also check out these key water & energy facts.
This post is being sponsored by Dassault.