Fresh Water Crisis, Not Climate Change Is Most Urgent Global Issue Says Water Advocate
Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Radio Host Responds to Obama UN Speech on Climate Change
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"One issue will define the contours of this century more than any other - and that is the urgent and growing threat of changing climate." Barak Obama UN Speech, September 24, 2014
The number one "urgent and growing threat" to human health, civilization, and life on Earth, according to water advocate and radio show host Sharon Kleyne, is not climate change, as President Obama states, but the growing global fresh water crisis. Kleyne is alarmed that in Obama's recent climate change speech to the United Nations, there was no mention of water whatsoever.*
*Gilmour, Jared, "UN climate summit: Obama flexes US muscle in global climate fight," Christian Science Monitor, September 23, 2014;
Sharon Kleyne hosts the syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show, heard on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. The show is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua Research, a global research and technology center specializing in fresh water, the atmosphere and dehydration. Nature's Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center's signature product for dry eyes. Kleyne is Bio-Logic Aqua's Founder and Research Director.
Worldwide, according to Kleyne, insufficient fresh water is the number one cause of disease, the number one cause of wars, the number one barrier to economic development and the most important single factor in understanding climate change
Kleyne believes that fresh water availability and water security should be the number one priority of every government on Earth. Worldwide, according to Kleyne, 1.6 billion people lack reliable access to abundant and safe fresh water. Each year, thousands of children die from dehydration and water borne diseases. This global tragedy is getting worse, not better. Deserts are expanding, drought is increasing and water shortages are becoming increasingly urgent. In some areas, extended drought is having a long term impact on soil micro-organisms, fertility and productivity.
The human body, says Kleyne, is 70 percent water and every function of every cell requires water - and not just drinking water. Water vapor in the atmosphere, called "humidity," enables oxygen transfer in the lungs and prevents the human body - and all other terrestrial organisms - from losing their water to evaporation and dehydrating into dust. Life cannot long survive in a zero humidity atmosphere.
Atmospheric water vapor is especially concerning to Kleyne. A frequent guest Climatologist on her show (L. DeWayne Cecil, PhD),* reported that that while lower level humidity is largely unaffected by climate change, water vapor in the upper atmosphere has significantly declined.
*Sharon Kleyne Hour Archive; http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour
Upper atmospheric water vapor is critical for two reasons, according to Kleyne. First, life on Earth exists only because our atmosphere is able to prevent water that evaporates from the surface from floating off into outer space. The upper atmosphere has an accumulation zone where the rising humidity hits a ceiling, collects into clouds and is recycled back to Earth as precipitation.
Second, Kleyne explains, water vapor is the most abundant greenhouse gas that absorbs harmful radiation, moderates temperatures and protects life on the planet surface. Water vapor constitutes 36 to 72 percent of greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide (CO2) constitutes 9 to 26 percent, methane 4 to 9 percent and ozone 3 to 7 percent.
Unlike carbon dioxide, Kleyne notes, water vapor is beneficial and the atmosphere needs as much as it can get. CO2 in large amounts is toxic and must be limited in the atmosphere.
It is unknown whether the atmosphere's CO2 content can be moderated by increasing the water vapor content, says Kleyne. What is known is that particulate pollution in the air causes water vapor droplets to accumulate around the particles and fall back to Earth before reaching the upper atmosphere. The result is fewer clouds, less rain, more direct solar radiation and increased drought.
While far too many scientists in Kleyne's view, have omitted water from the climate change equation, many other well known scientists agree with her.
Kleyne supports the breakthrough research findings of Gerald Pollack, PhD, at the University of Washington, and Neil Grigg, PhD, at Colorado State University. Both are frequent guests on Kleyne's radio show. Pollack is the discoverer of "fourth phase water" (H3O2) that he believes is critical to cell functioning, cloud formation and water absorption. Grigg is an advocate of "total water management" in which all components of waste water are recycled, not just the water, and waste water is not only returned to lakes and streams in pristine condition, it is returned to the aquifer and the atmosphere.
Kleyne challenges President Obama, the United Nations, the scientists of the world and political leaders and decision makers to become educated about the global fresh water crisis and to make water issues their number one priority, with climate change second.