TaN: The increasing scarcity of potable water is not a result of uncontrolled population growth but from the improper use and abuse. It must be made known and understood that a mere 2.5% of all the water on the Earth is freshwater. And of that tiny percentage, 98.7% of it are either locked in the polar regions, deep in underground aquifers, or up in the clouds. The 1.3% remaining is to be shared by all life on Earth – not just humans, but also the plants and the animals that live with or apart from man. [Reminder: that 1.3% is not from the total global water but from the 2.5% of the global freshwater, so it is in relative terms. In absolute terms, that 1.3% comes out to 0.0355%!] And even then, the itsy-bitsy 1.3% includes soil moisture, remote freshwater lakes, swamps and marshes, and atmospheric water (i.e., the moisture in the air or humidity) – figures were sourced from: http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthwherewater.html.
Even though the fact is that only life has increased and everything else has remained the same since the beginning – i.e., the amount of water, of land, and of air has neither increased nor decreased – and, ergo, there would be less to share. However, one has to realize that, if we do a careful computation on how much fresh water does a person REALLY need, that tiny fraction is still more than enough. That miniscule amount becomes severely inadequate when we factor in industrial and irresponsible usage.
Industrial usage is using potable water for cleaning machinery, for cooling down engines, for flushing industrial waste, for hosing down runways and vehicles (as as airplanes and as factory floorings, for watering vast tracts of lawns and greenery (such as golf courses), etc. When applicable, recycled water, even partially treated water or collected flood water, may or rather should be used. Or, if morbidity or odor is an issue, collected rain water may be used.
Irresponsible usage is using potable water for purposes such as washing cars, as cleaning roads and pavement, as putting out fires, etc. Irresponsible usage also includes leaving unfinished water bottles and leaving the tap running to overflowing (especially when doing the laundry – in the Philippines – among families in depressed and in the low-income bracket (which is a lot, because they make up the main bulk of potable water users) and even among the higher income families who employ launderers or use washing machines. (I can understand wanting clean water for laundry but there is still a responsible way – and using the wash water for other purposes.)
And then there is the irresponsible use of bath water, like taking a soaking bath everyday or taking long showers. Even those using the “tabo” system can be wasteful when they splash liter cans of water before soaping (when simply being wet was enough and not soaking wet) and during rinsing (when most of the water bounces of the body without washing anything).
Still there are the washing of eating implements and wares. It has been proven that it takes 5-6 glasses of water to clean a glass. However, there is a way to clean a glass using less than a glass of water – I know because I have and continue to do it.
Furthermore, another substantial, though unintentional, wasteful “practice” happens during unscheduled and temporary water outages. When one turns on the water and discovers that there is a water outage, the tendency for most people is to, inadvertently, just walk away and leaving the faucet open. When the water comes back, and since the faucet was left open, clean water just flows down the drain – unused and completely wasted.
Finally, between industrial and irresponsible usage, none is worse than the other because, though industrial users may consume huge volumes, there are only a few of them, whereas irresponsible users may consume but a fraction of how much an industrial user does, they make up for it in sheer number. [But this is not yet including the most recent assault on freshwater – FRACKING!]
TaN: Young age of the Earth (and of creation), as in the Bible, is supported by common sense. This can be argued from Genesis (chapter 5 and chapter 9:28-chapter 11, etc) where, if you were to add up the ages of the personalities up to the birth of Jesus, then it would only total a few thousand years – even providing for gaps between the Biblical personalities. Adding the 2012 years since then, the Earth is relatively young.
Now, from the evolutionist point of view, the Earth has been existing for billions of years. And, scientific tests have been developed to prove and support the contention. However, recent (as in, within the last 50 or so years) discoveries in science – which appear to have been and continue to be “suppressed”, if it were not for the World Wide Web – are revealing to be contradictory to mainstream scientific belief.
One example of this is the video, entitled “Fingerprints of Creation” hosted by Lonnie Melashenko: http://www.halos.com/videos.htm – I hope this will suffice because I cannot recall the original web site where I downloaded my copy.
Since I have yet to retrieve the studies and reports mentioned in the video, I am keeping an open mind. However, it does explain many things recorded in the Holy Bible, specifically the Book of Genesis, in the chapters regarding Noah. It must be remembered that, since language during Biblical times were not as precise and as descriptive as it is today, the terminology would be lacking. This would account for the “inaccuracy” of description and of nomenclature.
Finally, aside from explaining many things, it also gave rise to other questions, like: Were the dinosaurs existing during Noah’s time? This question came to me when the video showed dinosaur fossils imbedded in massive coal deposits that could be explained on if they are related to the Great Deluge – where only a global flood could gather and dump both plant and animal matter into basins to be burried under mountains of mud and silt to be turned into coal and oil.