Renewable Matter # 5 / August

Water: A Contended Resource

by Marta Antonelli

In 10 years, 1.8 billion people will live in areas with severe water scarcity. In this sector, competition will be even more intense because not only the world population will grow but food and meat consumption will also increase. And consequently the use of water as well, since it takes 15,000 litres of water to produce 1 kg of beef. Water consumption for energy and biofuel production will also increase.


“Water, water, everywhere, / And all the boards did shrink; / Water, water, everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink”. Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote these lines at the end of the eighteenth century, but they ring dramatically true for many countries in the world also in present days. Despite the planet is literally covered by salt water, only a tiny proportion (nearly 1%) is...

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