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What’s next? 5B by 2025, without water

March 20, 2018
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5 mins read with approx. 455 words

A new report by the United Nations warns that 5 billion people could suffer water shortages by 2050 due to

The World Water Development Report, notes that the global demand for water has increased sixfold in the last 100 years, and is predicted to grow at a rate of 1%/year. Humans use about 4,600 cubic km of water every year, of which 70% goes to agriculture, 20% to industry and 10% to households, says the report, which was launched at the start of the triennial World Water Forum. Global demand has increased sixfold over the past 100 years and continues to grow at the rate of 1% each year. Combine water with the demand for (or absence of) food and energy and you have a great mix of burnt being born by the poor in both urban and rural settings, women and children especially.

In conclusion: Applying a silver bullet to combat water scarcity and related issues in the longer run has never worked and never will.  Human centered design and implementation approaches can provide a pathway to alleviate this looming water crisis.

From Facebook to not my Facebook: 

Since the beginning of 2018, the Book’s Face seems to have been shadowed by headlines such as the one from yesterday, which actually managed to bring down the entire stock market a bit. We would think that the social media has lost its steam. Not so fast. Even after these grim headlines, in the US 68% adults use Facebook everyday and worldwide over 2B people log in everyday.

Personally, after having quit posting anything personal on social media for many years now, I have felt the kind of relief and found the time that I never thought existed. I don’t think that the social media feed is my most prized possession anymore, I don’t have to be on top of the notifications, respond to the likes and comments like a maniac and so on. One of my favorite blogs’ author, also warned recently that how “login with Facebook for free wifi” hotspots grab your IMEI code (off of your phone) and then track you in the store and all other spots where you might walk (without using wifi), so those stores can target ads at you based on the your Facebook profile ( since I don’t have the time to read the entire content of “I agree”?)

In conclusion: Its the International Day of Happiness and Spring Equinox. Today. In our HH, we have a 12 hour curfew for devices. Try it and you might be surprised at how much fun it is to listen to a song in its entirety or have a meal with a family without any interruptions or mediate/workout/do yoga or be able to read and turn a few more pages of that paperback in your book shelf. True happiness and bliss!

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