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Desalination World Champion and Recycling Champion Israel:

In 2016, Israel will cover more than half of its national water needs with a water treatment plant.

Afforestation of 900 million hectares of forest could swallow two thirds of CO² emissions. This message comes from Jean- Francois Bastin of the ETH Zurich and his colleagues

Israel Mitzpe Ramon
A hotel pool in Mitzpe Ramon, in the middle of the Negev desert. With new technologies, Israel can now cover a large part of its water needs even in times of drought. Source: GEO online

Afforestation without water not possible

But he has made the bill without the host. There is a shortage of water everywhere, and the groundwater level is constantly falling. So first of all, we need utopian amounts of water. Just to protect the existing forests, we need more water, more than we have at the moment. Gigantic investments are needed to realize this, investments that will not yield big returns. In the US, huge tracts of land are broke because water is missing. In Chile, the groundwater is withdrawn from the poor farmers through gigantic avocado plantations, and about 21,000 tons of lithium are produced in Chile.The lithium production requires gigantic amounts of groundwater, alone in one location up to 21 million liters daily. Chile is becoming a desert. All over the world, water evaporates from the human made artificial warming of the atmosphere. The groundwater levels fall daily. Under these circumstances, it is impossible to grow large areas. Also, food production will soon reach its limits. In Germany, one of the most water-rich countries in the world, the fields dry up and in summer the water level in the rivers sinks so low that shipping is hardly possible any more. What Brazil is up to do now is sheer madness. Primeval forests grow on a thin layer of humus, below that there is only sand. For the cultivation of crops and animal husbandry, very large amounts of water are needed, but Brazil will not have it without the rainforest. So Brazil will first be a steppe and then become a desert.

It works only with a lot of desalination plants, a gigantic world water network, indescribable investments with no returns

So we have to build desalination plants, get the water out of the seas and bring them to the fields and forests before we indulge in any fantasies. Studies are made quickly. Easily earned money that governments like to pay to reassure the people. But this is not a solution but should only helpthe politicians to finnish their term without bigger trouble.


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