Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world's population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages.
Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to just 5% to feed the extra 2 billion people expected to be alive by 2050, according to research by some of the world's leading water scientists.
"There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations," the report by Malik Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) said.
The International Year of Water Cooperation: Restore Our Water International aims to make a global issue local
World Water Day is held annually on March 22rd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 2013 has been declared as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.
Restore Our Water International (ROWI) is a non-profit organization concerned with the unfolding crisis of rapidly declining water levels in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin. Mary Muter, Sierra Club’s Great Lakes Section Chair and ROWI Spokesperson, is extremely knowledgeable about Great Lakes issues and has worked proactively with a broad coalition of organizations and individuals to address environmental impacts.
Halifax, NS – Sierra Club Atlantic and the Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition are hosting Keep It Blue events next week in Nova Scotia to raise concerns about oil drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The meetings are being held in advance of Open Houses hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil and gas regulator.
“The Gulf of St. Lawrence is a treasured place. Think of the beaches of Prince Edward Island, the views from the Cabot Trail, swimming in the warmth the Northumberland Strait, the stunning coast of Gros Morne National Park. The Gulf is precious, but perhaps we take its beauty and vitality for granted – these meetings are meant to let people know that this special place is under threat and it needs our help, “ according to Gretchen Fitzgerald of Sierra Club Canada– Atlantic Canada Chapter.
Halifax, NS – Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter and the Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition is calling on Newfoundland & Labradors’ offshore petroleum board (C-NLOPB) to fix their process to ensure there is a valid environmental assessment of whether offshore oil and gas development should proceed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The federal Minister of Environment, Peter Kent, instructed the C-NLOPB to perform thorough, region-wide public consultations to assess the impact of oil and gas activities off Western Newfoundland on the Gulf ecosystem.
“Invitation-only meetings are being held and co-called ‘Open House’ sessions are organized with no valid way for local citizens to express their concerns and share their values and are providing little to no information on the ecosystem and culture,” according to Gretchen Fitzgerald, Director of Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter.
Lakes Michigan/Huron/Georgian Bay water levels are now within a few centimetres of setting a new record low. While more wetlands are drying up, the number of dead birds and fish washing up on the south shores of Georgian Bay are increasing every day. Dead loons, ducks, grebes and Lake Sturgeon ( a Species At Risk) are being picked up by local residents wearing protective gloves.
Locals hope funds can be raised to dredge the entrance to the Nottawasaga River to allow Lake Sturgeon in next spring to be able to spawn. With levels expected to decline more over the coming months the ecological and economic costs are mounting. Interest and support for restoration of Lakes Michigan Huron Georgian Bay waters levels has now broad support around the Great Lakes.
First-Nations communities along the St. Lawrence River are warning the federal government to get tough with firms that wish to transport nuclear waste via the waterway, despite new challenges created by the Tory government’s massive omnibus budget bill.
Bruce Power, Canada’s first privately-owned nuclear power generator located on Lake Huron, had applied to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in 2010 to transport nuclear waste to a Swedish treatment facility. The waste would be shipped to Sweden via the St. Lawrence Seaway.