The world is running out of water. Of all the resources on Earth this is the one we think of the least, and yet it is the most vital of them all. Here we keep our multimedia dealing with the increasing scarcity of potable water due to politics, pollution, and genuine scarcity.
An introduction to some of the political aspects of the coming water shortage. It is from Mumia Abu-Jamal, a controversial death-row inmate and activist. However you feel about his situation, his information is accurate and well-portrayed. It is hosted on YouTube.
Lake Chad was the largest fresh water lake in Africa and still is the number one source of fresh water in Africa. The trend can readily be extrapolated from these images. This image was generated for the latest UNEP report.
A map of the people affected in Africa, with special concentration on droughts, floods, and famine. From UNEP.
A map showing the projected number of countries that will need to import 10% or more of their water by no later than 2012. This map is considered optimistic by some people studying the problem. This map is from the International Atomic Energy Agency.
A political cartoon dealing with the future of our water supplies. It is hosted by OilEmpire.us.