URSP Notes for Pop Quiz

URSP Notes for Pop Quiz - A L i t t le More About Water...

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A Little More About Water “Blue Gold: World Water Wars” "Wars of the future will be fought over water, as they are today over oil, as the source of all life enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling fresh water supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Will ours too?" Ten Big Cities Running Out of Water! This is the headline from 24 /7 Wall Street , 1 November 2010. The competition for water could make life in some of America's largest cities nearly unbearable for residents. –RESIDENTS: Not enough water to wash clothes and dishes. Drinking water might be limited too. –INDUSTRIES: A number of industries rely on regular access to water. Some people would be out of work if these industries had poor prospects for continued operation. –FINANCIAL: Cities have sold bonds based on their needs for infrastructure to move, clean and supply water. Extreme disruptions of the water supply of any city would have severe financial consequences. The worst off USA cities include Los Angeles (ugh) –There’s not enough water from the Colorado River and Northern California –Other cities: Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Francisco, Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Tucson, Atlanta, Orlando Internationally, many cities are water challenged –Mexico City, Peru, cities receiving water from eastern Turkey (in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, etc.) And on and on! The Brownsville Matamoros Area • Texas, Brownsville Move to Get Water for Water Starved Matamoros – The State of Texas and the Brownsville Public Utility Board (PUB) have agreed to provide short term municipal water needs for Matamoros, the state's top environmental official said today. Robert J. Huston, Chairman of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC), said meeting the needs of cities while assuring fair and legal allocation of water from the Lower Rio Grande remains a "top priority" for Texas. MOBILITY Walking, Biking Driving an Automobile Riding a Bus, Tram, Train, Plane What’s The Problem? In the USA and many other countries, we rely primarily on gasoline-fueled automobiles to travel comparatively long distances. – The exhaust causes air pollution – and some water pollution too • Of course, it’s not the only cause! Industry is a contributor, and even fertilizing our lawns is a factor. – More cement and asphalt reduces climate-helpful vegetation.
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– In many parts of the USA and elsewhere, the congestion causes significant time-wasting – Driving only is bad for one’s health (walking is good) The source of oil distorts many international and intra-national relationships Air Pollution in China In the USA, among the urban areas with high pollution are Los Angeles and Atlanta. The Washington DC area ranks fairly high too. Primary Sources of Air Pollution in the USA
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course URSP 200 taught by Professor Dr.hanna during the Fall '10 term at Maryland.

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URSP Notes for Pop Quiz - A L i t t le More About Water...

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