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How 1,500 Nuclear-Powered Water Desalination Plants Could Save The World From Desertification James Conca

James Conca Contributor Energy

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About 20% of the world's population has no access to safe drinking water, and this number will increase as the population continues to grow and global freshwater sources continue to decline. The worst-affected areas are the arid and semiarid regions of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

California is entering a long period of recurring megadroughts, in direct conflict with its burgeoning population and huge agricultural industry. Shown here is a cornfield recently succumbing to drought. There have been many schemes to bring more water to the state, but it’s best to go with desalinating seawater powered by nuclear.

California is entering a long period of recurring megadroughts, in direct conflict with its burgeoning population and huge agricultural industry. Shown here is a cornfield recently succumbing to drought. There have been many schemes to bring more water to the state, but it’s best to go with desalinating seawater powered by nuclear.

BOB NICHOLS, USDA UNESCO has reported that the freshwater shortfall worldwide will rise to 500 trillion gallons/yr by 2025. They expect water wars to break out in the near-future. The World Economic Forum says that shortage of fresh water may be the primary global threat in the next decade.

But 500 trillion gallons/year only requires about 1,500 seawater desalination plants like the ones being built in California and Saudi Arabia. At a billion dollars a pop, that’s a lot cheaper than war and starvation. ADVERTISING Unfortunately, we presently desalinate only 10 trillion gallons/year worldwide. As reported in the Tri-City Herald and NYTimes, stock exchange mutual funds have even formed surrounding water scarcity and have done quite well, like the AllianzGI Global Water Fund. This fund has averaged almost 10% since 2010 compared to under 6% for its average peer fund. These companies mainly deliver, test and clean drinking water.

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