Friday, April 16, 2010

Why water is the next carbon

Sam Bond in Water has been quietly climbing its way up the agenda for some time now, but is it set to eclipse carbon as the most talked-about environmental issue? While the carbon emissions contributing to the changing climate are undoubtedly a serious concern, as extreme weather events increase in frequency and severity it is likely to be water - too little and too much of it - that is a more immediate concern.

edie caught up with David Symons, director of consultancy WSP Environment & Energy, before his presentation at IWEX on Wednesday, Is water the next carbon?. "Arguably in the short term water is more important than carbon," he said. "But the two are linked. Carbon emissions cause climate change. And one of the most significant impacts of climate change is forecast to be changing rainfall patterns and water availability as a result."

He said that water use sometimes seemed to play second fiddle to the energy saving from the public and political perspective for a number of reasons. Because Britain seen as a wet country, people can find it hard to accept that high population density makes water shortages a real issue…

A small pond along Holtby Lane in the rural UK, shot by DS Pugh, Wikimedia Commons via Geograph UK, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

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