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The World Isn’t Running Out of Water


Apparently a quote from environmental activist Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians has made it into the new Mad Max movie.  The Council of Canadians even wonders aloud if Barlow is the inspiration for Mad Max.

The quote from Barlow in Mad Max is that “the world is actually running out of water,” sampled from the documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars.  The National Post covered the story, and never once thought to examine whether Barlow’s claim was true – which it most certainly is not, if we consider any meaningful time frame.  Barlow repeated the claims at the Nairobi Social Forum: “I want to talk, comrades and friends, about a global crisis in which we know the world is actually running out of water.”  Comrades?

Although the “Earth’s oceans have lost about a quarter of their original mass … over the course of around four billion years,” the Danish researchers studying this issue noted the following:

Today the atmosphere is rich in oxygen, which reacts with both hydrogen and deuterium to recreate water, which falls back to the Earth’s surface. So the vast bulk of the water on Earth is held in a closed system that prevents the planet from gradually drying out.

Thus, the world is not running out of water anytime soon, unless by “soon” you mean a timescale on the order of hundreds of millions to billions of years.  And solar evolution isn’t likely the policy issue Barlow is thinking about.

Perhaps Barlow means we are running out of fresh water?  After all, at a speaking engagement in Penticton, British Columbia in 2011, she claimed that “today most major rivers in the world don’t reach the ocean.”  I would welcome seeing the data to support this ridiculously incorrect statement.

But even that claim would be wrong.  The World Bank’s estimate for global renewable internal freshwater resources has increased 13 percent over the past 50 years.

And access to clean water is improving for the world’s population.  Since 1990, the proportion of the world’s people having access to an improved water source has increased from 76 percent to over 89 percent and is continuing to rise steadily.  Similarly, during the last quarter-century, the percentage of the global population with access to improved sanitation facilities has increased from 47 to 64 percent.  At these rates of increase, all people could have access to clean water within several decades.

The world isn’t running out of water, and more and more people continue to gain access to the water they need for a productive and healthy life each day.  The Mad Max movie series makes for great entertainment, but it is futuristic dystopian fiction – a fact that some in the activist community appear to have forgotten.

American Thinker

17 Comments on "The World Isn’t Running Out of Water"

  1. islander on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 8:46 am 

    Nothing but right wing drivel that doesn’t even mention underground aquifers all around the world being drained at an unsustainable rate.

  2. eugene on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 9:17 am 

    Like most everything I read, there’s grain of truth but far from reality.

  3. Makati1 on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 10:37 am 

    Reality does not exist in news today. Only government spin. We are approaching the abyss and they don’t want us to know how close we are. They still have some blood to drain from our stupefied bodies.

  4. yellowcanoe on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 10:43 am 

    The basic premise of this article is true. A lot of aid agencies are focusing on providing safe drinking water and improved sanitation in third world countries so it should not be a surprise that a higher percentage of people have these now. Is their optimism for the future justified? In the short term I would say yes, but in the longer term no because in many cases this new supply of safe drinking water is coming from underground aquifers that will eventually be depleted. There are also areas dependent on glacial melt which will result in less supply in the future as glaciers disappear.

  5. Jimmy on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 11:15 am 

    American Thinker indeed. Yanks are a bunch of bat shit crazy idiots. A two party political system with hardly a difference between, 50 to 55% voter turnout, and proud to fight for democracy world wide. I hear North Korea has a nuke capable of reaching California. I hope they use it. Preferably during a VH1 music video awards ceremony.

  6. Davy on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 11:22 am 

    Jim, what country are you from. You should man up and take some fire yourself. I guarantee I can blister you and your sorry country where ever it is. So, Jim, you a coward or you ready to take the test.

  7. Northwest Resident on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 11:30 am 

    Seeing as how planet earth is a closed system, of course the world isn’t running out of water — the H2O stays right here on planet earth or evaporates into the atmosphere. But what the planet IS running out of and fast is potable water — that water which we can drink and water our crops with. The aquifers what islander mentions are a prime example — aquifer depletion is a real and serious threat. And then there is all that polluted water that nobody can use — fracking waste ponds come to mind. And what about China — do they have problems with their fresh water supply? Here’s an article that says they do:

    ht tp://

    “Don’t Touch the Water. Over half of China’s lakes and reservoirs are too polluted for human use; over half of China’s groundwater is too polluted for human use; and over half of China’s rural residents do not have safe drinking water. According to an editor of The Economist, which did a report on China’s water, “There are large parts of the urban water supply which are not only too dangerous to drink—they are too dangerous to touch.” 400 major cities are short of water, 110 of them seriously. More than half of the 50,000 rivers that existed 20 years ago are simply gone — used up.”

  8. noobtube on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 12:26 pm 

    I agree there is Peak Oil. It is seroius stuff.

    But, this climate change/global warming, water shortage, overpopulation, food shortage stuff just sounds like typical American/European genocidal, blue-eyed, blonde-haired master race garbage they have been spouting since Columbus and the Spaniards mass murdered the Natives.

    Americans/Europeans are always experts on what everyone else’s problems are.

    In the meantime, the Americans/Europeans mass murder, destroy the world’s natural abundance, invade every country they can, pollute and trash everything, all the while acting as if they have all the solutions to everyone’s problems, and acting as if everyone else is inferior and therefore not worthy of rights nor respect.

    I think the world is getting sick of this show. They’ve seen it enough times already.

  9. herrmeier on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 1:02 pm 

    Noob, frustrated that you’ve never gotten a blue-eyed blonde?

    And at the rate the West is performing genocide on itself my importing high performance breeders from every 3rd world shithole there is you’re chances of scoring are getting slimmer every day. Better hurry up.

  10. noobtube on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 1:16 pm 

    It’s interesting that genocidal degenerate thinks that everyone likes what they like.

    Isn’t that called Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

    But, that is the typical American/European. They are a psychologically dysfunctional, degenerate, deranged collection of idiots, trash, and murderous scum… a plague the world doesn’t need and never wanted.

    This garbage thinks destroying other lands and cultures is “helping” and believe that just because their bellies are full, that there is no possibly way anyone else in the world could possibly be hungry.

    The dilemma is one of how can the Earth rid themselves of this plague. And, Peak Oil appears to be the answer.

  11. Hugh Culliton on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 2:37 pm 

    My bullshit detector went off when the author got hung up of Barlow’s use of the word “comrade”. Seriously, given the importance of the subject, AT felt it necessary to fixate on this word? Alas, I don’t think they understood what Barlow was saying because their analysis went down hill form then on.

  12. Hugh Culliton on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 2:50 pm 

    Sorry, one more comment that I need to address:
    “[Barlow] claimed that most major rivers don’t reach the ocean.” I would welcome seeing the data to support this ridiculously incorrect statement.”

    OK, AT, I did a 2 second Google search and came up with this National Geographic article: “8 Mighty Rivers Run Dry From Overuse”. Do your frakking research before you open your mouths!

  13. Jimmy on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 5:49 pm 

    Wow Davy is a typical shit for brains yank. I’m shaking I my space boots. You know where the recruiting office is tough guy. If you want to fight for Wall Street go sign up. I got 20 years in my nations military. Fucking pussy.

  14. Jimmy on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 5:55 pm 

    The world laughs while USA collapses. Don’t be surprised if a few folks kick you while you’re down. Pumped mother fucker.

  15. Jimmy on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 5:58 pm 

    Davy is just sad cuz USA just lost a war to the poorest people on the planet. Hey Davy? You one of those guys that think you’re a hero cuz you flew 1/2 way around the world to fight the poorest people on the planet and lost? Yeah buddy go sew yourself up a medal for that one. Losers.

  16. Davy on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 8:00 pm 

    Man up Jim, where you from. Obviously you are embarrassed or you would of told me. Is your home that bad?

  17. Makati1 on Wed, 27th Aug 2014 8:01 pm 

    Faux patriotism and narrow minded thinking is rampant in the USSA. Piracy is back and the biggest pirate is the USSA Military. Al Capone had a better organization.

    The USSA has been making enemies since WW2 and has not won a ‘war’ since then. The “exceptional” is truly exceptionally stupid, greedy and arrogant. They are Number One! LMAO

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