Friday, February 20, 2015

 Brandi Whitaker
Sebruary 13, 2015
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Current Event Blog 2

Starved for Energy, Pakistan Braces for a Water Crisis
This is an article written by Salman Masood, yesterday, February 12, 2015. In this article he discusses how the people of Pakistan are going without major needs for basic human life. We all know that water is necessary to maintain life. About sixty percent of the human body is made up of water. “A combination of the global climate change and local waste mismanagement have led to an alarmingly rapid depletion of Pakistan’s water supply.” This was a statement made by the minister for water and energy, Khawaja Muhammad Asif.  It is discussed in this article how this misfortune can last potentially up to seven years. This country is poor and densely populated, which makes it more vulnerable to the global climate change which was a major factor in bringing this about. There is also the problem where the citizens of this sovereign nation are only able to use as little as four hours of energy a day in some places. It was once said in an interview about this matter that the electricity crisis would return to normal by the year of 2017, but experts say that is very unlikely. “Hydroelectric power stations are a cornerstone of the creaking power system. A combination of melting glaciers, decreasing rainfall and chronic mismanagement by successive governments has put that water supply in danger, experts say.” Some experts even say that they feel as if it is going to be even more serious than the recent oil shortages. I feel that to improve on this situation in the future Pakistan could improve on the conditions in which they store water. “Experts say the country’s chaotic policies are hurting its image in the eyes of Western donors who could help alleviate the mounting resource crises”.

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