Saturday, August 8, 2009

Incendiary statistic of the day

Courtesy of Stan Sersen in the Biz Monthly:
Do a search on the title "Water Crisis." You will be amazed at what you will find. It is estimated that only 2.5% of all of the world's water is usable for irrigation and human use.

That sounds pretty harsh. However, about 97% of the world’s water is in the ocean. Ocean water is obviously not suitable for human use. That is a very good thing. If the water was not salty, it would freeze, and it would not be able to sustain most of the salt water based aquatic life currently living in it.

If you want to save water, you can always pee in the shower.


mpm said...

I'm sorry? If the water was not salty it would freeze?

1) At the poles, the ocean freezes.
2) Most other places, the ocean would not freeze because it's not cold enough.

Maybe you're making some kind of joke that I'm missing...

Freemarket said...

mpm- it gets plenty cold enough to freeze fresh water in other places. If the Ches. bay was pure fresh water it would probably freeze in winter.

wordbones said...


That video is hilarious!
I look forward to hearing our own "green" county exec encouraging all HoCo residents to pee in the shower.


Minks said...

GE is doing some pretty good research in desalinization technologies.

Not very energy efficient, but getting better all the time.