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Africa Sitting on Sea of Groundwater Reserves


Environment  (tags: climate, climate-change, green, ecosystems, environment, GoodNews, water, world, climatechange )

Cal
- 891 days ago - uk.reuters.com
Huge reserves of underground water in some of the driest parts of Africa could provide a buffer against the effects of climate change.



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Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 9:23 pm
Noted.. Thanks.
 

Roger M. (0)
Sunday April 22, 2012, 10:18 pm
I read about this on the BBC's website a few days back. It seems to have gone under the radar somehow, but it could be such an important development. In short, there's 300 more times water under Africa than there is on the surface. The problem is how best to extract it. It's difficult, but not impossible.

This could be the best news Africa has had in a long, long while. We can only hope that it's so.
 

. (0)
Monday April 23, 2012, 5:15 am
Noted, thank you.
 

michael hall (42)
Monday April 23, 2012, 1:11 pm
oh oh that means the west will come, bribe a few, hector those with conscience thenexploit the many for selfish profitable contracts...raise the that flag
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Monday April 23, 2012, 2:48 pm
Yes, this is the Signal for the International Mega-Corporations to come in -- on behalf of the 1% ONLY, mind you, NOT to help the People of Africa {altho that will be their "covering story" -- to "help" people}. Since ONLY the Mega-Corporations have {or can develop} the Technology to EXPLOIT those water resources.

The next wars on this Planet will be Water Wars -- it will be a scarcer resource than Oil and Fossil Fuels, after even the Oceans get totally polluted, not to mention the lakes and rivers and streams -- polluted from mining, mountaintop removal, pesticides, etc. -- and even much or most of the GROUNDWATER in the U.S. will be polluted from Fracking and from Radioactive Waste, etc. -- we will be importing OUR drinkable water at great expense, from Africa, leaving Africa dry and bereft.... its huge populations to starve or die of thirst, while our poor people in the U.S. barely hang on..... paying for every single drop of water we drink!

This is the inevitable vision of our Future, of the Planet's Future, unless something is DONE about the 1% -- raise their Consciousness maybe? get them to be less selfish and greedy? Quite a job, that!
 

Jelca Bruigom (74)
Monday April 23, 2012, 2:49 pm
always good to find water, but who is going to profit this time?
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Monday April 23, 2012, 3:50 pm
It always comes down to money. It shouldn't be an issue of cost, it should be an issue of what countries will contribute to the drilling?For God's sake, were talking about a basic human need!
 

Dave C. (214)
Monday April 23, 2012, 4:44 pm
noted, good luck to them.....but lets hope it doesn't become one country vs another or another way for one big business to make $$$ off the backs of the poor and underwatered....
 

John S. (304)
Monday April 23, 2012, 5:15 pm
Glad, they need some good news.
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Monday April 23, 2012, 5:27 pm
Is fantstic news for Africa..who desperately needs the water and clean water for drinking -- so hope that progress can be made so that he water can be put to good use -- CLEAN DRINKING WATER! Thanks Cal, noted and I will share
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Monday April 23, 2012, 5:51 pm
This is a Care2 News Article:

Massive Theft of Developing World's Farmland

World (tags: world, politics, society, news, land grabs, government, 'HUMANRIGHTS!', 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', freedoms )
- ipsnews.net
The mass acquisition or lease of arable land in developing countries, especially in Africa, by foreign investors - a practice aggravated by the outbreak of the financial crisis in 2007 - has reached record highs, according to several new studies.
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Yes, so they're definitely ALREADY "stealing the land" {Hey, who calls it "stealing"? We PAID for it even tho we paid peanuts! Yours truly, The Corporations.}

How can anyone imagine they WON'T "steal the water"?!

Again, ONLY the Mega-Corporations have the money to acquire the TECHNOLOGY for accessing the underground water reserves -- and they will, believe it they will, ASK THEIR OWN PRICE.......

This is GOOD NEWS, yes, SPLENDID, for the 1%...... let's not be Pollyanna about this..... Corporations are NOT ALTRUISTIC, like you or I or Care2 members are Altruistic...... no matter how much propaganda they put out to try to persuade us of the contrary.......
 

John B. (215)
Monday April 23, 2012, 6:29 pm
Thanks for the posting Cal. There was a nice article about this on the BBC news website a few days ago. Interesting info.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 3:27 am
interesting
 

Danny M. (83)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 3:44 am
Noted. Thank you Cal!
 

paul m. (93)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 6:13 am

Said ...this for years,,!!!
 

Teresa Cowley (274)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 9:00 am
A good article, and potentially great news. The problem, as BMutiny has stated, would be the corporations. Any scarce resource (and moneymaker) will be snapped-up and lionized by them, and the rest of the world can go to hell--literally!
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 11:56 am
noted
 

John Gregoire (255)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 12:25 pm
The words "difficult to extract" scares me. While this sounds like great news for Africa, I can't help but remember hearing the same words related to gas reserves and that begot fracking.
 

yana dimitrova (37)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 1:16 pm
Thank you.
 

yana dimitrova (37)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 1:17 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJtWxonPQEE
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 3:48 pm
Just make sure it belongs to the people!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday May 20, 2012, 6:06 am
Noted, thanks.
 
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