Here's a scary thought: What if water—clean, fresh water—became a commodity like oil? That's the question journalists at the Christian Science Monitor examined when they wrote their article (accessible via the Environmental News Network). According to the article, Barcelona's hurting for water, and:
Cyprus will ferry water from Greece this summer. Australian cities are buying water from that nation’s farmers and building desalination plants. Thirsty China plans to divert Himalayan water. And 18 million southern Californians are bracing for their first water-rationing in years.
The situation has gotten so dire there's talk of privatizing—yes, privatizing—water supplies. Imagine having to buy water as you would soda? I realize you can buy water now, in bottles that clog landfills, a habit I confess I once had but have since curbed, thanks to the almighty Sigg bottle. But what I mean is something more extreme than having to pony up for your municipal water bill for use of the city's pipes. Have we really painted ourselves into this corner? Paging the Lorax ...