Low water levels in lakes and reduced discharge rates in rivers, low precipitation rates and thinner glaciers. This is and will be the new normality for Trentino’s waters.
Desalination by reverse osmosis is the most common method of obtaining potable water from the sea. Already widely used in the Middle East, the Pacific Countries, America and even Europe, it ensures water security in many countries. However, it is too early to call this method “what will save us from global water shortage” because it is still too energy inefficient.
The Netherlands is renowned for its water management. Drinking water flows from the tap, but not for long if no immediate action is taken. What is happening in the water country per excellence?
Eurac Research launched ADO, a drought observatory capable of monitoring precipitation and water shortages all over the Alps.
The severe winter drought left most of Italy with critically low levels of water. Yet, for most Italians droughts are still seen as a temporary problem.
In the Chiquitanía (Bolivia), rivers, streams and lakes are disappearing because of water depleting and polluting farming practices at the expense of downstream local communities.
In the Anthropocene, natural and human-induced extreme events are hitting the world more frequently than in the past. How can we handle them?”
This year’s exceptional drought caused such a dramatic reduction of groundwater levels that it will be hard to recover. Water scarcity might become a real issue also in Germany and the Netherlands.
A solution to fight severe droughts and water shortages might come from a Dutch Artist: SunGlacier, the first water multiplier that uses the sun to make ice and water.