As a result of global warming, drought conditions have intensified all around the world. In the U.S., the west, southeast and northeast are in the midst of droughts. Even Alaska is in midst of a drought (in their Governorship as well, I hear).
Here is a graphic from an interactive drought map by UCL DEPARTMENT OF SPACE AND CLIMATE PHYSICS:
You can access the full interactive map here: UCL Drought Map
While the GOP would naturally oppose addressing global drought because it is socialism, will kill grannies and intrude on the free market, while our nation fiddles with petty partisan insanity, the globe burns.
Think about it, what would your daily life be like with strict water rationing? What do you think the prospects for peace will be around the world when nations have insufficient water supplies for their populations and see water in bordering countries? How do you think the huge numbers of the world population living in poverty will fare when they do not have available water?
Corporate interests around the world have been and are buying up water rights. Such wolves in sheep’s clothing include the devious T. Boone Pickens who hides behind the guise of backing wind power as a way of buying great amounts of government-owned land at fire sale prices AND the water rights.
Why is one of the greediest, manipulating oil men stampeding to buy water rights?
Water is the “oil” of the future and whoever controls the spigot doesn’t just control whether we can afford to drive more or less, they control who lives and who doesn’t.
Los Angeles is in the 2nd year of an official drought and the city now only allows residents to water their lawns on Mondays and Thursdays for a maximum of 15 minutes each day.
Needless to say, lawns are browning and dying everywhere in the city.
The scary thing is that this is just a small preview of the measures that will likely be coming down the line as Global Warning deepens droughts across the US and the world.
Green grassy lawns, kids running through the sprinklers, long showers, all of these may one day soon only be luxuries for the rich and powerful.
To be positive, there are steps that can be taken to mitigate the global water shortages resulting from declining rainfall and snow melt such as desalination plants, water recycling plants, conservation, and restricting enormous recreational wastes of water by such things as golf courses and industrial wastes of water such as practiced by huge agricultural corporations.
Here we are in an asinine battle over reforming a dysfunctional health care system or letting the status quo destroy more lives.
One can only imagine the Republican opposition to our species making it through this deepening global drought.
Something tells me that they will be fighting for the right of golf courses to have water and railing against the “socialism” of providing water to any house that has a faucet.
UPDATE – 8-13-09:
The following headline appeared today via BBC News, click below for the full article:
India’s water use ‘unsustainable’
Environment correspondent, BBC News website
Parts of India are on track for severe water shortages, according to results from Nasa’s gravity satellites.
The Grace mission discovered that in the country’s north-west – including Delhi – the water table is falling by about 4cm (1.6 inches) per year.
Writing in the journal Nature, they say rainfall has not changed, and water use is too high, mainly for farming.
The finding is published two days after an Indian government report warning of a potential water crisis.
That report noted that access to water was one of the main factors governing the pace of development in the world’s second most populous nation.
The situation has to stop today or tomorrow
Dr Raj Gupta