News Review - 12 Jun 2020
Water 2020

Mankind fights over it… neglects it… abuses it… pollutes it and wastes it… Yet the one thing we should be protecting is our…

WATER

Yet again, the importance of water is back in the news. Sudan has built a dam on the Blue Nile and is ready to fill it. The problem is that Egypt relies almost totally on the River Nile to supply water to her 100 million population! The situation is so serous that Egypt has threatened to go to war with Sudan if an agreement is not reached.

“Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia will resume negotiations on Tuesday over the filling of a controversial mega-dam Addis Ababa is building over the Nile, Khartoum said. Irrigation and water ministers from the three Nile basin countries will meet via videoconference, Sudan’s irrigation ministry said in a statement.

‘Three observers from the United States, the European Union and South Africa will attend,’ it added. Planned as Africa’s largest hydroelectric installation, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile has been a source of tension with Egypt ever since Ethiopia broke ground on the project in 2011. In May, Egypt announced it was re-entering talks over the filling of the dam’s 74 billion cubic metre reservoir, in order ‘to reach a fair, balanced and comprehensive agreement.’

Egypt’s foreign minister raised the possibility of armed conflict in his letter to the UN Security Council on May 1 .” ( al-monitor.com)

Both Khartoum and Cairo fear the 145-metre-high dam will threaten their essential water supplies once the reservoir starts being filled in July as planned by Addis Ababa. But while Egypt worries about its share of the Nile, upon which it depends for most of its water, Sudan hopes the dam could provide much-needed electricity and help regulate flooding.

The 6,600-kilometre-long (3,900-mile) Nile is a lifeline supplying both water and electricity to the 10 countries it traverses. Its main tributaries, the White and Blue Niles, converge in the Sudanese capital Khartoum before flowing north through Egypt to drain into the Mediterranean Sea.” ( news.yahoo.com)

Water – Essential For Life

Water is essential for all life – but it is being “used and abused” - and a day of reckoning is coming, as the following article points out:

“A worldwide water crisis is a-comin’. Don’t believe me? Violence over water rights is already breaking out in regions of the world where water is scarce. Along with political tensions - and maybe wars - we’re going to see food production affected, and more people flat out hungry and thirsty.

And it’s all because we’re simply using too much water. We use too much when we shower, when we do the dishes - but mostly, we use too much to produce all the stuff we buy. In fact, you’d be surprised how many gallons of water it takes to create the products that make our lives comfortable. Here’s a rundown of some of the most shocking…

If you drive a car…

It takes an estimated 39,090 gallons of water to make a car. It’s unclear if that includes the more than 2,000 gallons used to make its tires - each tire takes 518 gallons to make.

Pair of Jeans

It takes around 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to produce just one pair of regular ol’ blue jeans.

Cotton T-Shirt

Not as bad as jeans, it still takes a whopping 400 gallons of water to grow the cotton required for an ordinary cotton shirt.

Individual Bottled Water…

This irony shouldn’t be lost on anyone: it takes 1.85 gallons of water to manufacture the plastic for the bottle in the average commercial bottle of water.

One Ton of …

  • Steel: 62,000 gallons of water
  • Cement: 1,360 gallons

One Pound of …

  • Wool: 101 gallons of water
  • Cotton: 101 gallons
  • Plastic: 24 gallons
  • Synthetic Rubber: 55 gallons ( treehugger.com)
Our Daily Bread

When it comes to food, the amount of water used in producing what we eat is staggering!

  • Lettuce (1 cup) 3 gallons
  • Tomato Ketchup (1oz) 3 gallons
  • White Sugar (1 tbsp) 7 gallons
  • Whole Wheat Bread (1 slice) 7 gallons
  • Tomatoes (4.3 oz) 8 gallons
  • White Bread (1 slice) 11 gallons
  • Fresh Broccoli (2.7 oz) 11 gallons
  • Tomato Paste (2 oz) 12 gallons
  • Tomato Sauce (4 oz) 13 gallons
  • Oranges (4.6 oz) 14 gallons
  • Brown Rice (1 oz) 16 gallons
  • White Rice (1 oz) 25 gallons
  • Pasta (2 oz) 36 gallons
  • Cantaloupe (8 oz) 40 gallons
  • Butter (0.36 oz) 46 gallons
  • Milk (8 fl. Oz) 48 gallons
  • Orange Juice (1 cup) 49 gallons
  • Cheese (1 oz) 56 gallons
  • Tofu (1/2 cup) 61 gallons
  • Egg (1) 63 gallons
  • Almonds (1 oz) 80 gallons
  • Plain Yogurt (1 cup) 88 gallons
  • Chicken (8 oz) 330 gallons
  • Hamburger (4 oz) 616 gallons
  • Steak (8 oz) 1232 gallons ( watereducation.org)
Importing Food And Exporting Drought

“As January draws to a close, so too does the relatively new concept of Veganuary. Something that was almost unheard of a couple of years ago, has now become embedded in the national psyche, and giving up all animal products is seen as a fast track to environmental nirvana. Yet, in the midst of these oscillating and confusing messages about meat, where we source our fruit and vegetables from is often overlooked.

We import 42% of our vegetables and a startling 89% of our fruit, predominantly from water stressed countries where we are increasingly dependent on their precious water resources. It stands to reason that if our diets are to stay within planetary boundaries, we need to be scrutinising not just our meat, but these plants as well.

There is a growing body of research pointing to the increasing issue of the virtual water trade, which is any water embedded in the production of agricultural products. Cash crops, including those popular in plant-based diets, such as Californian almonds and avocados, which are also grown in other arid countries such as Chile and Peru, are extremely thirsty crops. Both are grown in areas that are at risk of drought, which is likely to worsen in the face of climate chaos.

In the UK, this problem extends to fresh produce that people now see as everyday items, available all year round. This includes a myriad of products that line our supermarket shelves – strawberries, raspberries, asparagus, tomatoes and citrus fruit are all good examples. According to Professor Tim Hess who works in the Water Science Institute at Cranfield University, we almost exclusively import our fruit and vegetables from countries that are already water stressed. These countries include Spain, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Israel and Peru, with citrus fruit top of the list for the most water intensive produce to grow.

‘If we think of water that is taken out of a river to irrigate citrus in South Africa,’ explains Tim, ‘it’s not in the river to support its ecology, it’s not in the river to provide water supply for smallholder farmers and it’s not in the river for other industries to make use of it.’ If the water has been poorly managed, when there is drought a problem arises, creating potential conflict between water uses. ‘We are offshoring our footprint and, as one of my colleagues expressed it, “We’re importing food and exporting drought”,’ says Tim.” ( sustainablefoodtrust.org)

Avocado Mania Sucks Chile Dry

“Residents of the main avocado-producing area say they’re forced to drink contaminated water delivered by truck because rivers and aquifers are being drained by avocado agribusiness.

It’s been 3.5 years since I last reported on how avocado production in Chile is draining the country’s water supply, and sadly the situation has worsened since then. The Guardian reports that residents of Petorca province, three hours north of Santiago, are having to rely on water delivered in cistern trucks because the original sources from rivers and aquifers have dried up.

Big commercial avocado farms are to blame. The fruit, which has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, requires enormous amounts of water to grow. The Water Footprint Network says one kilogram of avocados needs 2,000 litres of water, which is four times more than what’s needed for a kilo of oranges and 10 times that required for tomatoes.” ( treehugger.com)

We Face An Unprecedented Emergency

“Last year, in the UK alone, we bought, drank and threw away nine billion plastic water bottles. That is 36 billion litres of water, used completely unnecessarily. Water wasted to produce bottles – for water. And it takes around 72,000 litres of water to produce one of the ‘chips’ that typically powers your laptop, Sat Nav, phone, iPad and your car. There were over two billion such chips produced in 2012. That is at least 145 trillion litres of water - on semiconductor chips.

In short, we’re consuming water, like food, at a rate that is completely unsustainable. We can rightly call the situation we’re in an unprecedented emergency. We urgently need to do – and I mean actually do – something radical to avert a global catastrophe. But I don’t think we will…( theguardian.com)

Why This Misuse Of Water?

Most of our food is commercially produced – by huge companies – who all exist to make a profit. Our whole world is based on consumerism. Products are designed to last a few years – then they break – or are replaced by a new model that we “must have” - so we replace them. All this uses vast quantities of water. And in all too many countries, the waste water is simply pumped into the local river. Many of the world’s major rivers are basically open sewers.

In many Western nations, the drinking water is recycled sewage! In short, there is little respect for water – yet we cannot live without it! We treat the air we breath with the same contempt. Our cites exist under a cloud of pollution. We have even polluted the food we eat, using chemicals as fertilizer… and now we play around with the genetics – to get greater yield.

When people in the future look back at this final generation in God’s 6,000 year plan, they will shake their head in disbelief. How could people hope to be healthy and survive when they have corrupted the basics of life – clean water, clean air and good healthy food?

In the coming millennial rule of Jesus Christ on the earth, when people live on their own land, they will look after their water supply and eat organically grown food – breath clean air and as a result, they will be healthy! But it will take a complete change of mind. And it’s got to be a complete change, because the way mankind is living today is simply not sustainable. They are destroying the very things that they need to survive. In the Bible, we are told that “God will destroy those who destroy the earth” (Revelation 11:18). This world has got to be totally destroyed, because it has been designed by the god of this world - Satan.

The curses in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 are upon us. As observers, we watch as they happen!

Right now – are we cursed in the city ” (Deuteronomy 28:16)? Riots are a daily occurrence.

Water is becoming scarce… drought looms… “And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron” (Deuteronomy 28:23) .

Are we beset by fear over this coronavirus?

“The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart (fear)(Deuteronomy 28:28).

“And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee” (Deuteronomy 28:37) . Many nations now see the United States as a failing state – with riots in the streets and losing control of law and order.

The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low ” (Deuteronomy 28:43). Can we see this in the news almost every day?

‘Extreme Water Stress’

While drought is an end time problem, there is another issue. As the following article points out, “Water stress is the biggest crisis no one is talking about”…

“While ranked ‘only’ 13th in the water scarcity list, India has more than three times the population of all 17 other countries the World Resources Institute found to be facing ‘extremely high’ water stress levels. A quarter of the world’s population residing in seventeen countries is facing ‘extremely high’ levels of baseline water shortages, using over 80 percent of the local renewable supply, updated Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas data compiled by the World Resources Institute (WRI) showed. ‘Water stress is the biggest crisis no one is talking about,’ said Dr Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute. ‘Its consequences are in plain sight in the form of food insecurity, conflict and migration, and financial instability’ .” ( rt.com)

A New Creation When Christ Returns

Looking forward to the soon coming Millennium, God gives us these promises:

“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.

I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water(Isaiah 41:17-18).

And linked to the blessing of a good supply of water – trees!

Another major issue today is deforestation – yet another example of man destroying the environment for financial gain. At the beginning of the millennial rule of Jesus Christ, billions of trees will be planted – to fill the wilderness areas and the deserts. And along with trees – water!

I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together:”

Why?

“That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it(Isaiah 41:19-20).