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Last updated: 04/12/00
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Issues of water stored in porous underground rock (aquifers). It includes information on how population effects the availability and quality of groundwater for drinking and other uses, and how the availability of water in underground aquifers effects human populations.

 

 

Type of Resource Article
Title Groundwater resources and the environmental dimension: out of sight, out of mind?
Author Walter Rast
Affiliation United Nations Environment Programme
Url http://www.unicef.org/wwd98/papers/unep.htm
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract This UNEP article identifies potential threats to Groundwater quality and concerns related to agricultural practices and environmental protection of water resources. 

 

Type of Resource Article
Title Arizona Water Supplies
Author Unknown
Affiliation University of Arizona
Url http://www.ltrr.arizona.edu/~tswetnam/geos220/webhome/walter1.htm
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract "One problem concerns the change in water demand due to population increase. Population growth rates in the southwest are among the highest in the nation. Arizona’s population is projected to double in the next 50 years (Unruh and Liverman 2). An increase in population means an increase in water usage. Groundwater is the area’s primary resource, but the amount available is not enough to service an increasing population."

 

Type of Resource Article
Title Population and Water
Author National Wildlife Federation Population and Environment Program
Affiliation National Wildlife Federation
Url http://www.nwf.org/international/pop/water.html
Peer Review Unknown Review Process
Abstract "Water scarcity is reaching alarming dimensions in response to the extremely rapid population growth. One could say that in a medium-term perspective, water will not be easily available to support both the new generations and the socio-economic development being sought after," warns Swedish hydrologist, Malin Falkenmark. Most conservationists and environmentalists endorse this view believing that at current rates of consumption, waste, and mismanagement, water, second only after oxygen for sustenance, will soon become acutely scarce in most part of the world."