Water Resources Management And Natural Resource Availability

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  1. The earth is known as the Water Planet with more than 70% percent of its surface covered by water. Can the earth then run out of drinking water? In this forum you are to write an essay on water resources management. As part of your evaluation, you will be writing a five paragraph, single spaced research articles in the intersection between earth science and social sciences.

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Water Resources Management and Natural Resource Availability




Water Resources Management and Natural Resource Availability
Water is an important resource that sustains life on earth. According to Biswas
(2008), the importance of water has been historically appreciated. Water resources on earth
are however experiencing stress that either makes them dwindle or compromise their quality,
thus creating the notion that without remedial human intervention they may be affected to the
extent that water will not be available for human use in future. Given the importance of water
resources and the knowledge that these resources are being impacted upon (largely by human
actions), the field of water resources management has always existed to find ways of
protecting these fragile resources. However, there still exists a duality in the literature
regarding the answer to the question on the sustainability of water resources on earth even
with decades of active existence of the field water resources management. Some scholars
argue that water resources will dwindle to the extent that drinking water will not be available
on earth, while more optimistic voices still maintain that the earth will not necessarily run out
of drinking water. In this paper, both voices are critically evaluated and an optimistic
conclusion that the earth will not run out of drinking water is reached.
Freshwater is a finite and fragile resource (Smith and Clausen, 2017), especially
because fresh water that is available to be used for drinking is almost less than one percent of
total volume of water on earth. This fact alone makes legitimate the unconfirmed fear that
earth may one day run out of fr...

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