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The 2002 U.S. drought resulted in $10.0 billion in damages . . . . . . Drought can last for several years, and devastate agriculture . . . . . . The 1998 U.S. drought resulted in over $40 billion in damages, more than Hurricane Andrew or the San Francisco earthquake . . . . . . The 1984-1985 drought in the Horn of Africa caused a famine which killed 750,000 people . . . . . . The last time the U.S. went without a drought was 1979 . . . . . . Without action, by the year 2050, about half of the world's population will face severe water shortages . . . . . . Over 1 billion people live without clean drinking water . . . . . . The world's population tripled in the 20th century, and is expected to increase by another 40-50 percent in the next 50 years . . . . . . The need for renewable water sources has grown six-fold . . . . . . There is the same amount of freshwater in the world today as there was 1 million years ago . . . . . . Experts predict groundwater supplies in some areas of India will be gone in 5 to 10 years . . . . . . Scarcity of water supplies will likely trigger global conflict . . . . . . "We're going to see a move to surround and commodify the world's fresh water ... there's going to be a grab." -- Maude Barlow . . . . . . "If people remain thirsty for water, then we shall doubtless face war." -- Meir Ben Meir . . . . . . "It's not a question of 'if' there's a shortage anymore, it's 'when.' " -- Sid Wilson . . . . . . Less than 2 percent of Earth's water is potable . . . . . . To grow a bag of potatoes requires 100 liters of water ... to grow 1 kg of beef requires 13,000 liters of water . . . . . . Global water consumption doubles every 20 years, twice the rate of the growth of Earth’s population . . . . . . If current rate of water usage continues, over 90 percent of all available freshwater will be in use by 2030 . . . . . . “One of the biggest likely areas of future conflict is going to be over water.” -- Retired U.S. General Charles F. Wald . . . . . .


Alabama Launchpad awarded seed funding to the Sea Desalination Corp. as part of their 2008 Launchpad Awards Competition. Alabama Launchpad is formed by six of the state's research universities and the business community. The organization was created to help fuel the development of high growth companies in Alabama. Visit Site


The University of Alabama Office for Technology Transfer underwrote initial development costs of intellectual property protection for the Solar Evaporation Array technology. The University of Alabama continues to be a valuable development partner through associated research. Visit Site


As part of their sustainability award, People, Prosperity and the Planet, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has generously underwritten research at the University of Alabama Physics Department to test and help develop the Solar Evaporation Array. Visit Site


Scientific Illustration Services has supplied startup business services and expenses to SEA Desalination, including design and administrative services.