March 17, 2014
Fresh Water Researcher Recalls History
of March 22 UN World Water Day
Fresh Water Should Be Top Priority of Every Government Says Water Researcher and Radio Host Sharon Kleyne
Fresh water is the basis for all terrestrial life on Earth and for all economic development, according to Sharon Kleyne, during radio comments in advance of United Nations World Water Day on March 22. In our world of out of control population growth and increasingly scarce and polluted water - on Earth's surface and in the atmosphere - the controversial radio host believes that water should be the number one priority of every government.
Kleyne made the statement while summarizing the history and background of UN World Water Day.
Sharon Kleyne is Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, a fresh water, atmospheric and health research and product development center. Natures Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center's global signature product for dry eye. Kleyne also hosts the globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show, broadcast on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel, Health and Wellness Channel, and Apple iTunes.
According to Kleyne, March 22, 2014 will mark the 22nd annual observance of UN World Water. The day was created by the United National General Assembly in 1992, on recommendation of the UN Conference on Environment and Development.
The theme for the 2014 observance, says Kleyne, is "Water and Energy." Citing the official World Water Day website (http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/), Kleyne noted that water and energy are interdependent, that water is required to produce energy - particularly hydro and nuclear power - and that energy is required to produce water - particularly pumping, treatment and transportation.
Water transportation, according to the World Water Day website, is three times more energy efficient than trucks, 40% more efficient than rail. Kleyne adds that air transportation is the least energy efficient and the most expensive.
The World Water Day website also notes that 8% of energy produced worldwide is used for water related activities, 75% of water for industrial use goes to energy production, and 16% of all electricity comes from hydropower. Kleyne agrees with World Water Day's support for increased water impoundment because she believes that dams and reservoirs help assure a reliable fresh water supply, help prevent floods, may be used to generate hydropower, is renewable and non-polluting, humidifies the atmosphere, attracts wildlife and recharges the ground water.
The plight of the world's "Bottom Billion" is a frequent United Nations concern according to Kleyne. Of Earth seven billion human inhabitants, one billion - the Bottom Billion - lack safe and reliable access to water for drinking, cooking, sanitation, agriculture or energy production. In addition to creating serious health issues, the water situation for the Bottom Billion precludes virtually any economic development or green industry.
Kleyne praised the selection of UN World Water Day annual themes. The last 10 were: Water and energy (2014), water cooperation (2013), water and food security (2012), urban water (2011), clean water for health (2010), transboundary water (2009), sanitation (2008), coping with scarcity (2007), water and culture (2006) and water for life (2005).
"Water for Life" is a frequent Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® theme.
Kleyne cautions that just because a theme was covered two years ago, or ten years ago, that does not diminish its importance. Water and food security, the 2012 theme, remains a major global issue and the cause of many conflicts. And for two billion people, water for sanitation - bathing, hand washing, toilets, dish washing, etc, - still means the difference between good health and life threatening illness.
The solution, says Kleyne, is for every nation, every political division, every leader and every individual to observe UN World Water Day every day of the year, to become educated on the many fresh water related issues and to make fresh water their top priority.
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