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Pope sees urgent need to protect water supply

February 24, 2017

Pope Francis underlined the importance of access to water, in a February 24 talk to a conference on that topic organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Access to potable water is a basic human need, the Pope said. He said that UN statistics show that 1,000 children die every day from illnesses related to impure water. He said that as he surveys the world and sees the number of conflicts on the subject, “I ask myself if we are not moving toward a great world war over water.”

Action to protect access to clean water is urgently necesary, the Pope said: “Urgent, because our common home needs to be protected.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 25, 2017 9:53 AM ET USA

    Modern technology has led to contamination of water supplies in many parts of the world, but modern technology has also led to the clean up. The recovery of Lake Erie is an example of how modern solutions to environmental problems can reverse the destruction of clean water supplies in a single generation. What reveals the global climate "problem" as more political than scientific is the lesson of history: whatever technology can destroy, restorative technologies can repair. Political will?