Friday, January 20, 2006

A Crappy Future In Store By 2050

WASHINGTON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It looks like the future won’t be as cool as the Jetsons if the predictions of an environmental group turn out to be right.

A research group called Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) funded by the United Nations says hurricanes, famine and drought are in store for the world if several scenarios unfold the way they predict them.

The MA looks ahead to what life will be like in 2050 and finds that sewage discharges to surface and groundwater will increase worldwide by 42 to 200 percent, with the largest increases in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Global water demand will increase overall by 20 to 85 percent while demand for food will double with the most demand coming from industrialized countries, Asia, and the former Soviet Union.

Meanwhile, the use of biofuel will be up six percent, but that will only increase deforestation.

It’s not all bad news: MA predicts there will be a reduction in the number of undernourished children; epidemic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis will lessen; vaccinations will improve and the impact of SARS will be lessened.

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