Dwindling Snowpack Means less Water For 2 Billion People

Dwindling Snowpack Means less Water For 2 Billion People

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The next World War will be fought for water and if the current trend of freaky weather patterns precipitated by climate change continues, we can see this happening by the end of 2030. Climate change is bringing problems and the world has become accustomed to one cataclysmic event after other. The latest problem which has been revealed is shrinking snow packs. It means less water for almost 2 billion people who are dependent on the precipitating snow as the main source of potable water. It will have catastrophic consequences in the coming times. Water shortage is a problem with many populations butt it could exacerbate and become a question of survival in the coming years.
The snow falling in the colder months are a vital storehouse for humans and animals and also for the ecosystem. The stored snow starts to melt in the spring and summer months. This is the time for increased demands of water both for consumption and crops.

With increasing global temperatures the process of melting of snow is happening much faster. Scientists are saying that the precipitation is more in the form of rain which is ok for now but will create umpteenth problems in the summer months. Researchers from the University of Columbia have calculated that 2 billion people who depend upon the life giving snow melt water supply in the Northern Hemisphere will be at grave risk. There is a two third chance that the reserves of this precious commodity will be seriously depleted.

The researchers examined more than 421 drainage basins. It was revealed that more than 97 of them present as crucial water supplies for 2 billion people. 32 basins are at the highest risk straddling the United States, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, and northern Turkey. Then there is war ravaged Iraq and Syria which will have the worst in 2060. It is time that the world has woken up to this apocalypse which is staring at its face today. The world needs to urgently address to this issue of snowpack melting too quickly, and their vital supplies getting affected.

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James Hailey a worshipper of life as it comes to him. He enjoys soft music while working on his latest manuscripts spread over his desk and his tablet on hand. His curiosity to observe everything around him and love for writing has propelled him to take up the job of a news journalist. Soon he realised, he enjoyed being at the back seat and editing all those news collected by others. He has been working as a lead news editor for both the digital and print media since the past 8 years. On his spare time he indulges in yoga to calm his hectic life style. He writes on Geology and Earth. Wmail : james@dailysciencejournal.com