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United Arab Emirate's Reliance on Desalination Spells Water Disaster


Business  (tags: business, economy, water disaster, oil industry )

David
- 3277 days ago - treehugger.com
Reuters reports economists and researchers are warning that a new alternative to desalination as well as significant conservation measures are needed to protect UAE from the vulnerabilities associated with a dependence on desalination as a water source.



   

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Mack David (100)
Thursday June 24, 2010, 11:09 am
Absolutely............
EARTH UNFRIENDLY UAE
 

Deana P (286)
Friday June 25, 2010, 9:02 pm
noted
 

Eric Straatsma (3802)
Friday June 25, 2010, 9:12 pm
noted
 

Paige Boily (4)
Friday June 25, 2010, 10:47 pm
wow
 

Aaerelon Ablenas (4)
Friday June 25, 2010, 10:58 pm
Frightening.
 

KS Goh (0)
Saturday June 26, 2010, 12:30 am
thanks for sharing
 

Nikolas K (94)
Saturday June 26, 2010, 1:46 am
UAE is another baby created by American military /industrial alliance headed up by Banksters. So of course this story helps them divert our attention from whats happening in America by these same criminals. Just follow the money, instead of focusing on the invented boogie man of a Muslim terrorist under your beds and that we are running out of water.
 

Susan F (1)
Saturday June 26, 2010, 12:52 pm
Water is the most important natural resource for everyone on this planet and water in its pristine and natural state is now nearly nonexistent. Discussing this issue is of major importance as many large multinationals have begun to buy up water rights around the world. The danger is real, Nikolas, but, once again, most people prefer not to think about it. While I agree with you that Islam is not the boogie man it is made out to be (I live and work in an Islamic state), I do know that the desalination of our planet's oceans is a serious concern.
 

Catrina Velez (46)
Saturday June 26, 2010, 1:29 pm
Susan F, you are right! The culprit here is NOT Islam, it is runaway greed and overbuilding. The little nation is still basically a sheikdom, with a ruling family. They were jerked into the 20th century too fast when oil was discovered in the 1960's (I'm not exactly sure of the precise date) and lots of foreigners came in, too many for the land's meagre resources. So, they overbuilt, trying to create a giant, top heavy resort, a playground for the world's billionaires, a sort of Jupiter Florida in the Middle East. The building boom is now in decline, and some people fear it's a bust. The same thing happened, on a smaller scale, in Ocean City Maryland in the early 1970's. But here, the water shortage is so serious as to propel construction of huge desalinization plants, and these run on still more expensive energy, Where will it stop? Where will they put the salt, back into the oceans?
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Sunday June 27, 2010, 4:58 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Terry B (649)
Sunday June 27, 2010, 5:17 am
Never mind the water, The UAE are by definition a disaster.
 

Bob E (113)
Sunday June 27, 2010, 5:34 am
Water will be an ever-increasing issue for mankind’s future…
It will cause wars, suffering, malnourishment and strife…
Animals and habitats will also suffer…

The bigger factor, however, for our future problems is over-population…
There are too many of us….
There will not be enough water or resources to support us all…

There is not enough water now…
Desalination… of some sort… will have to be part of the answer...
 

Bob E (113)
Sunday June 27, 2010, 5:43 am
Terry B…
What? What did you say?
Everything about the UAE is a disaster?
Everything is BAD about the UAE?
All the people?
Everything they do?
HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE UAE?

Is everything black and white to you?
Everything is about “US AND THEM”
What do you know about the UAE?
What? Who are you? How were you brought up?
No empathy or understanding for others?
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 27, 2010, 7:32 am
noted thank you
 
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