There is a water conflict on Lake La Angostura in Bolivia. In “Fakty po Faktach”, Professor Szymon Malinowski, director of the Institute of Geophysics, University of Warsaw, pointed out that “climate change is a change in water supply and outflow”. – For many years we have been getting rid of all natural methods of retention like crazy and now we will have to pay a high price for it – he said. Katarzyna Karpa-Świderek from WWF drew attention to the problem with water quality in Poland.
Latin America is no longer just on the brink of a water crisis, but a battle for water. Anyway, this is not the only area where water is lacking or is about to be scarce. There are appeals for rational management and decisions of the authorities on what to do in order not to waste it.
In the Thursday edition of “Fakty po Faktach”, Professor Szymon Malinowski, director of the Institute of Geophysics, University of Warsaw and an atmosphere physicist, pointed out that “climate change is a change in water supplies and outflows”. – In fact, we will have too much and too little water, there will be various types of water-related events, such as flash floods, downpours or droughts – he said.
In his opinion, “water shows two problems.” – The problem of climate and the problem of biodiversity, because if we had more forests, more wetlands that we have drained over the years and it is not so easy to restore them to a functional state, it would be a little easier. And agriculture, and natural cleansing, and access to water would be better – he emphasized.
– For many years we have been getting rid of all natural methods of retention like crazy and now we will have to pay a high price for it. Even the so-called renaturalization of all those systems that retain water in the best possible way is not at all simple – noted Prof. Malinowski.
– And just as we make all kinds of decisions related to energy too late, we got to know the problem of water too late. There is no way that we will not pay a salty price for it – he added.
Karpa-Świderek: we have 90 percent of the rivers whose quality does not meet the standards
Katarzyna Karpa-Świderek from WWF recalled that “two years ago, water stopped running from the tap in Skierniewice”. – We in Poland are on the verge of water stress. It is sometimes said that Poland is the Egypt of Europe, but this is not true, we have 2.5 times more resources per capita than Egypt – she pointed out.
As she assessed, “it does not change the fact that we have to take care of water, because the water that is available to us often appears in a different scope”. – We often have too much water, and then we will have too little, which is also an effect of climate change – she added.
Karpa-Świderek emphasized that “there is one more problem in Poland”. – Water resources are one thing and it is even less of a problem in relation to water quality. We have 90 percent of rivers whose quality does not meet the standards of the Water Framework Directive (an EU directive that obliges member states to take measures to protect surface waters – ed.) – she noted.
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