Unlocking shale gas comes with a significant environmental risk: access to freshwater for drinking, agriculture, and industrial use.
According to two new studies, a portion of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to have entered a state of retreat and melt that is “unstoppable”.
Unchecked expansion of coal-reliant industries is threatening China’s water resources; a reality Australia will need to deal with sooner rather than later.
Emissions controls will not be the only factor influencing our choice of future energy sources. The IEA and private analysts have pointed to the impending water crisis which could lead to stranded assets – particularly in coal and shale gas – and accelerate the push towards ‘dry’ technologies, like wind and solar PV.
New high-tech, hand-powered water pump has potential in Africa and other regions where water delivery remains an enormous hurdle to community health.