Focus on Biogeochemical Cycles: Challenges and Solutions Personal Water UseHave you ever wondered where fresh water comes from? Water appears to be plentiful in our oceans, lakes, ponds, and rivers. However, this is deceptive. The real fact is, fresh water is unequally distributed throughout the world, and accessible freshwater is in increasingly short supply. Growing produce, watering livestock, running industrial processes, brushing teeth, washing hands, using the commode, taking a shower…people rely on clean water to do these and many other activities every day. What would you do without clean water?As you learn more about the world’s water supply, the treatment methods used to clean water, and the systems that help make clean water more available, think about these words from environmentalist and renowned ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau: “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.”This week’s Discussion asks you to note your personal water use, challenges you to reduce your water consumption, and reflect on ways that our society can better manage this precious resource.To prepare for this DiscussionReview and use one of the Water Footprint calculators shown here:https://www.watercalculator.org/intro/?cid=824http://waterfootprint.org/en/resources/interactive-tools/personal-water-footprint-calculator/http://scienceforthepeople.net/CapBld/foot/Wfoot_calc.htmIf you share a home with others, consider how much more water your entire household uses.Reflect on the ways that you use water. Be sure to consider both direct water usage and the use of virtual water that is embodied in many of the products and services that you consume.Reflect on how your own use of water as well as society-wide water usage patterns can be improved. Consider how we can better manage this resource.With these thoughts in mind, complete the following:Spark Response Post (20 points):By Day 2Post a two or more paragraph response to the Discussion Spark posted by your professor on Monday (Day 1) in the week 4 discussion forum.
Week 4 Spark: Water scarcity on a water world?!COLLAPSEHi Everyone!
This week we take a close look at water, its importance, it use, and its abuse.
To get discussion rolling please consider a brief response to one of the following Spark prompts. If you notice that a particular question has been well addressed please move to a different question… otherwise this component of discussion can be stale.
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1) Describe how water scarcity impacts human health globally. What populations of people are facing the biggest challenges due to water scarcity or pollution?
2) Describe how consuming energy or electricity also impacts our water supplies? A great resource for this question is here:
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