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Earth's resources consumed in ever greater destructive volumes | Environment | The Guardian
“Our current economies are running a Ponzi scheme with our planet,” [...] "The situation is reversible. Research by the group indicates political action is far more effective than individual choices." [...] Separate scientific studies over the past year has revealed a third of land is now acutely degraded, while tropical forests have become a source rather than a sink of carbon. Scientists have also raised the alarm about increasingly erratic weather, particularly in the Arctic, and worrying declines in populations of bees and other insect pollinators, which are essential for crops. &! Activism https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/21/defending-earth-violence-murder-activists-land-corruption - Nine activists defending the Earth from violent assault //&! Mindestens 207 #Umweltschützer wurden im vergangenen Jahr weltweit ermordet, besonders in #Brasilien und auf den Philippinen gab es viel tödliche Gewalt gegen Aktivisten. Die Zahlen von @Global_Witness unterschätzen das Problem "deutlich": http://www.dasnd.de/1095208 #Umweltschutz
EarthOvershootDay  Klimakatastrophe  climatechange  climate  change  globalwarming  pollution  ecological  environmental  Crisis  drought  food  Arctic  carbon  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  permafrost  deforestation  soil  erosion  apocalypse  refugee  climate-refugee  activism  personal  action  responsibility 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Heatwave sees record high temperatures around world this week | Environment | The Guardian
From Europe to Africa, extreme and widespread heat raises climate concerns in hottest La Niña year to date on record [...] Last week, a weather station at Ouargla in Algeria’s Sahara Desert, reported a maximum temperature of 51.3C on 5 July, the highest temperature reliably recorded in Africa.

Even when the sun goes down, night is not providing the cooling relief it once did in many parts of the world. At Quriyat, on the coast of Oman, overnight temperatures remained above 42.6C, which is believed to be the highest “low” temperature ever recorded in the world. Downtown Los Angeles also saw a new monthly July minimum overnight record of 26.1C on 7 July.
Klimakatastrophe  climatechange  climate  change  globalwarming  global  warming  drought  water  crisis 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Brazil's worst month ever for forest fires blamed on human activity | World news | The Guardian
September saw more fires than any month on record, as experts say uptick is due to expansion of agriculture and reduction of oversight and surveillance //&! Researchers found that forest areas in South America, Africa and Asia – which have until recently played a key role in absorbing greenhouse gases – are now releasing 425 teragrams of carbon annually, which is more than all the traffic in the United States. - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/28/alarm-as-study-reveals-worlds-tropical-forests-are-huge-carbon-emission-source
Brazil  Amazonas  deforestation  wildfire  drought  Klimakatastrophe  Climatecatastrophe  global  warming  globalwarming  climatechange  climate  change  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  food–industrial  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  Soya  sustainability  sustainable  Cowspiracy  Palm  Oil 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Hurricanes: A perfect storm of chance and climate change? - BBC News
Those who have been sceptical of the impact of carbon emissions from human sources on the climate have crowed about the fact that it has been 12 years since a hurricane rated category three or above has made landfall in the US.
But those working in the field believe that measuring the connection between hurricanes and climate change based on the number that make land is hugely mistaken. [...] Rising temperatures lead to warmer air holding more moisture, which causes more intense downpours in a hurricane. The oceans have risen thanks to thermal expansion and glacier melt and this works to increase the dangers posed by storm surges.
Klimakatastrophe  Climatecatastrophe  climate  change  climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming  Hurricane  economic  damage  extreme  weather  flash  flood  drought 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
It's a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly | Michael E Mann | Opinion | The Guardian
https://theintercept.com/2017/08/28/harvey-didnt-come-out-of-the-blue-now-is-the-time-to-talk-about-climate-change/ - There is a simple thermodynamic relationship known as the Clausius-Clapeyron equation that tells us there is a roughly 3% increase in average atmospheric moisture content for each 0.5C of warming. Sea surface temperatures in the area where Harvey intensified were 0.5-1C warmer than current-day average temperatures, which translates to 1-1.5C warmer than “average” temperatures a few decades ago. That means 3-5% more moisture in the atmosphere. &! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/29/how-did-climate-change-worsen-hurricane-harvey https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/29/houston-harvey-new-orleans-katrina-survivors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0TCrGtTEQM
Hurricane  Harvey  Sandy  Katrina  climatechange  globalwarming  climate  change  global  warming  extreme  weather  flash  flooding  drought  rising  sea  level  temperature  science  Klimakatastrophe  climatecatastrophe 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction | Environment | The Guardian
Palm oil plantations on illegally deforested land in Sumatra – home to elephants, orangutans and tigers – have allegedly been used to supply scores of household brands, says new report
palm  oil  deforestation  soil  erosion  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  globalwarming  drought  Brazil  Amazon  rain  forest  rainforest  Sumatra  Congo  Afrika  Asia  Amazonas  profit  maximisation  sustainability  sustainable  mass  extinction 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Neue Klima-Studie - Hitze und Dürre werden zunehmen
Die jüngsten Waldbrände in Portugal haben gezeigt, wie verheerend die Kombination aus Hitzewellen und langer Trockenheit sein kann.
drought  extreme  weather  global  warming  gloablwarming  climatechange  climate  change  Jetstream  flash  flood  flooding  soil  erosion  coastal  heat  wave  heatwave  Hitzewelle  public  health  wildfire 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
(1487) Shane Smith Investigates The True Cost of Climate Denial (VICE on HBO: Season 5, Episode 1) - YouTube
same tactics in tobacco, meat, climate = seeding doubt & creating a debate about scientific consensus. "doc merchants of doubt" // climate change cost will be astronomical! // public attitude //
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
Households in southern England urged to save water after dry winter | UK news | The Guardian
The last major drought warnings for most of the country occurred in 2012, but there have been localised problems and close calls since. A report last year commissioned by water companies found that the risk of drought was increasing because of climate change and a lack of water infrastructure.
UK  drought  climatechange  globalwarming  climate  change  global  warming 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
We have entered a new era of conflict, warns new book
In his new book, Irregular War (IB Tauris) , he reflects on Isis, al-Qaida, Boko Haram, Al Shabab, and the Taliban - all separate manifestations, he says, of a new non-state dynamic driving international conflict through asymmetric and hybrid warfare. But their significance is more fundamental. They are part of what Rogers calls “an historical shift towards revolts from the margins”. And such revolts are made more likely by “the widening global socio-economic divide and the onset of climate disruption”. [...] The causes of conflict are many and deep – economic, political, societal, environmental, demographic. [...] “the increasing marginalisation of the majority of the world’s people caused by the workings of the neo-liberal system of international economic activity” which concentrates most of the fruits of economic growth in the hands of a transglobal elite of some 1.5bn people.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Sustainability or Prosperity? Why Not Both? | PolicyCast
describes the rapidly growing field of sustainability science, which combines a variety of disciplines in both the hard and social sciences to find paths towards a sustainable future. //&! Book Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice – (2016) by Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, Krister Andersson. //&! http://www.hks.harvard.edu/news-events/publications/insight/international/william-clark &! https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=LkLCmQwAAAAJ&hl=en &! http://earthsky.org/human-world/william-c-clark-defines-sustainable-development &! Jeffrey Sachs - Global Cooperation and Sustainable Development - youtu.be/cRWtRh3yLI0 &! "Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet." - youtu.be/n3kzzVP2c7w &! Jeffrey Sachs: "The Price of Civilization" - youtu.be/_G6SYmQ0swg - profoundly underestimated globalization's long-term effects: jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Philippines rice shortage sparks violence
South East Asia Drought (heat wave), water shortage, and forest fires. / One of the strongest El Nino weather events ever recorded has caused heatwaves, water shortages and forest fires around the world.
Now deaths linked to protests over food shortages have been reported in Cotabato province in the southern Philippines, where thousands of drought-hit farmers have clashed with police over demands for rice. //&! http://www.irinnews.org/report/77478/philippines-rice-shortage-hits-poor-government-grapples-solution &! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_global_rice_crisis &! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-31/thai-water-crisis-may-ease-over-next-two-months-government-says &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-35499487
El  Nino  Thailand  Asia  drought  Philippines  Wildfire  forest  fire  water  shortage  heat  wave  extreme  weather  National  Security  food  weather  extreme  food  poverty  Ethiopia  drinking  water  water  management  global  warming  climate  change 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Worst Mediterranean drought in 900 years has human fingerprints all over it
A new study shows that the current Mediterranean drought is likely the worst in 900 years, probably due to human-caused intensification [...] To be clear, this study doesn’t prove that droughts are getting worse, and it doesn’t prove that human emissions of greenhouse gases are making droughts more severe. In fact, proving such statements would be nearly impossible. What this study does is put recent extreme weather into historical context.
California  Mediterranean  drought  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  climate  change  global  warming  COP21  National  Security  food  water  scarcity  water  Wars  water  management  water  rights  water  shortage  water  supply  livestock  farming  sustainability  sustainable 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
March 2016's shocking global warming temperature record.
A daily analysis of global temperatures shows that the Northern Hemisphere likely exceeded 2 degrees Celsius above "normal" around March 1, 2016, when measuring from pre-industrial levels.* [...] That mark has long been held (somewhat arbitrarily) as the point above which climate change may begin to become "dangerous" to humanity. It's now arrived—though very briefly—much more quickly than anticipated. This is a milestone moment for our species. Climate change deserves our greatest possible attention. [...] So what’s actually happening now is the liberation of nearly two decades’ worth of global warming energy that’s been stored in the oceans since the last major El Niño in 1998. //&! - bit.ly/1R34X8p
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Demand for Meat Is Driving Water Shortages Affecting 4 Billion People | TakePart
Climate change, population growth, and skyrocketing meat consumption is making water scarce for two-thirds of the world’s population. [...] “For example, the average water footprint per calorie for beef is 20 times larger than for cereals and starchy roots,” he said. “The meat consumption per person in the world is still increasing, so the water demand grows quickly because of that.”
water  scarcity  watersupply  water  rights  water  supply  water  security  National  food  security  Meat  Industry  sustainability  sustainable  Politics  carbon  tax  Milk  Industry  climate  change  global  warming  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  drought 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Eurasia Group - 2/3 of the global population face severe water...
2/3 of the global population face severe water scarcity at least 1 month of year // even the south of UK.
water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security  food  security  National  drought  global  warming  climate  change  climate  crisis  mass  extinction  Wildfire  UK  USA  California  Australia  Africa  Asia 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Äthiopien: Afrikas Wirtschaftswunderland kämpft mit der Dürre - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Dürre, 800.000 Flüchtlinge - und die Grenzen bleiben offen [...] Obendrein beherbergt das Land ein großes Flüchtlingskontingent: 821.000 Menschen aus dem Südsudan, Somalia und Eritrea leben in äthiopischen Lagern. Trotzdem bleibe die Regierung bei einer "Politik der offenen Tür", berichtete das Uno-Flüchtlingshilfswerk UNHCR.
drought  Ethiopia  National  Security  water  water  scarcity  drinking  water  water  supply  food  refugee  crisis  Africa  Eritrea  Somalia  UNHCR 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Bolivia's second-largest lake dries up and may be gone forever, lost to climate change | World news | The Guardian
Lake Poopó was officially declared evaporated in December. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have lost their livelihoods and gone. High on Bolivia’s semi-arid Andean plains at 3,700 metres (more than 12,000 feet) and long subject to climatic whims, the shallow saline lake has essentially dried up before only to rebound to twice the area of Los Angeles. But recovery may no longer be possible, scientists say. “This is a picture of the future of climate change,” says Dirk Hoffman, a German glaciologist who studies how rising temperatures from the burning of fossil fuels has accelerated glacial melting in Bolivia. As Andean glaciers disappear, so do the sources of Poopó’s water. [... + water management - agriculture and mining ... + thus the water pollution! ] [...] “inhospitable arid climates” [ Bolivia's capital La Paz ]
climate  change  global  warming  drought  water  security  water  scarcity  drinking  water  water  rights  water  supply  food  security  National  economic  damage  livestock  farming  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  water  management  El  Nino  Bolivia  environmental  disaster  ecological  disaster  mass  extinction  migration  water  pollution 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Opening up Australia's northern frontier - BBC News
A record-breaking drought in the state of Queensland has reignited calls to unlock the economic potential of Australia's under-developed and sparsely populated north. As those on the land struggle, business leaders are promoting the idea that the region could be transformed into a giant food bowl for Asia. What's needed, according to Troy Popham, the head of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce, is the vision to create a large network of new reservoirs and pipelines to help a thirsty country cope with prolonged dry spells. [ like California? ]
El  Nino  drought  Australia  climate  change  global  warming 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
WS MoreOrLess: Climate Change by BBC Radio 4: More or Less
Ruth Alexander investigates claims climate change has contributed to the war in Syria, // Syria civil war side story! "Global warming played a significant part in migration of people into city." drought chance more likely.
Syrien  Syriza  COP21  climate  change  climate  crisis  climate  science  drought  water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security  civil  war  food  security  National  Middle  East  migration  Iraq 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
The Central Valley is sinking: drought forces farmers to ponder the abyss | US news | The Guardian
As people dig ever deeper to find water, nearly 1,200 square miles of California is sinking 2 inches a month – destroying roads, bridges and farmland in the process // http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/
economic  damage  drought  California  climate  crisis  global  warming  climate  change  short-termism  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  Cowspiracy  food  industry  Dairy  Meat  sustainability  sustainable 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Britain's water crisis | Nick Davies | Environment | The Guardian
The immediate cause of the early drying out at the source of the Ouse was simply that there was not enough water in the underground aquifer on which it feeds. But that turns out to be part of something bigger. In March 2013, the local branch of the Environment Agency reported that, depending on conditions, there are now years when they can extract water from the Ouse on no more than 94 days. For the rest of the year, abstractors can use water that has been stored during the wet months in the big reservoir at Ardingly, and they can pump up water through boreholes sunk into the underground aquifers. This in turn reduces the amount of water that bubbles up into the river and its tributaries. The Environment Agency has stopped issuing new abstraction licences for the river. Meanwhile, during the summer months, nearly half of what we like to describe as a river is, in fact, recycled waste water and sewage. [...] [south-east and south] “serious water stress”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
OECD: leading countries spend $200bn a year subsidising fossil fuels | Environment | The Guardian
Thinktank says member states and six biggest emerging economies should use sum to tackle climate change instead //&! Company emerges as Europe’s worst climate policy wrecker, according to a new table ranking firms by their records on lobbying and opposition - bit.ly/1Qtfq8j //&! 'its always about jobs' how about reframe it and retrain these people vs putting them directly on the dole, funded by government - long-term investment! duh. there is always an alternative. //&! nyr.kr/1W8YWpH - What Exxon Knew About Climate Change - The influence of the oil industry is essentially undiminished, even now. The Obama Administration may have stood up to Big Coal, but the richer Big Oil got permission this summer to drill in the Arctic;
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
This growing migration crisis is the canary in the mine on climate change | Mahmoud Solh | Global development | The Guardian
[ its a national security issue ] Conflict in the Middle East forces people to flee, but so does drought, destroying crops and livelihoods. We must invest in science for sustainable agriculture
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Uno-Bericht: Falsche Landwirtschaft könnte Billionen Euro kosten - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Vereinten Nationen warnen vor der falschen Nutzung von Böden: Millionen Menschen seien gezwungen, ihre Heimat zu verlassen. Die wirtschaftlichen Verluste beliefen sich auf viele Billionen Euro.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Dawn timber-laundering raids cast doubt on 'sustainable' Brazilian wood | Environment | The Guardian
Police investigating suspected environmental scams swoop on state officials and businessmen in Amazon area known for woods used in furniture and decking // Kyoto protocol's carbon credit scheme ‘increased emissions by 600m tonnes’ - Major UNFCCC carbon trading scheme hit by serious corruption allegations involving organised crime in Russia and Ukraine - bit.ly/1ERfAA6 - &! bit.ly/1hDsjlm - Klimaschutz-Zertifikate: Die Gelddruckmaschine - Der Zertifikate-Handel war mal eine gute Idee: Das Klima sollte davon profitieren. Doch tatsächlich bereicherten sich oft nur Geschäftemacher. Eine Studie zeigt, wie dreist bei internationalen Klimaschutzprojekten getrickst wurde.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Drought - Bloomberg QuickTake
Thirsty Brazilians are drilling through their basements for water. Iran is short of water from border to border as its lakes and wetlands shrink. Taiwanese chipmakers are searching for alternate water supplies as cities there struggle against a record drought. Droughts in China, India and South Africa have power producers and beverage makers interrupting operations or facing protesters saying don’t take our water. Overpumping in places like California’s Central Valley and the Great Plains’ Ogallala basin has depleted some of the world’s biggest aquifers. Water played a role in instigating civil war in Syria, and scientists suggest that Yemen could collapse as a state over an even more serious lack of water. Egypt and Ethiopia have long bickered over shared Nile River water, while the only thing that Iraq and ISIS agree on is that Turkey is storing too much water from the Euphrates River. Quality is also a vast concern: ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Dürre in Deutschland: So trocken seit 50 Jahren nicht mehr - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die große Hitze und ausbleibender Regen haben in manchen Teilen Deutschlands eine starke Dürre verursacht. "In Südhessen, Teilen von Nordbayern, Sachsen bis ins südliche Brandenburg ist der Boden so trocken wie seit 50 Jahren nicht", twitterte der Deutsche Wetterdienst (DWD). Völlig ausgetrocknet seien die obersten 30 bis 60 Zentimeter des Erdreichs in den betroffenen Regionen, sagte Udo Busch, Leiter der DWD-Agrarmeteorologie. Dies schade allen Pflanzen, die kürzere Wurzeln haben. So ist der Mais vielerorts zu klein gewachsen. [ new temp record in Germany, 40.3 C, one incident to become more common ] [....] "In #Südhessen, Teilen von #Nordbayern, #Sachsen bis ins südliche #Brandenburg ist der Boden so trocken wie seit 50 Jahren nicht." [...] Die Wasservorräte im Boden würden immer im Winter aufgefüllt, und davon sei auch in diesem Jahr auszugehen. [...] In Spanien wird das Olivenöl knapp
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Our environmental deficit is now beyond nature’s ability to regenerate | Environment | The Guardian
We are heading fast in the wrong direction despite the world gearing up to approve new sustainable development goals and a new climate accord [...] The world enters ecological ‘overshoot’ this year on 13 August, six days earlier than last year. All the world’s production and consumption for the rest of the year, this suggests, then runs up an environmental deficit beyond nature’s ability to regenerate itself and safely absorb our economic waste. It’s a highly conservative estimate, based on the best data available. // no amount of profits/money can't buy us a 2nd earth in 30 years. // Stop burning fossil fuels now: there is no CO2 'technofix', scientists warn - bit.ly/1UiJmqB - Researchers have demonstrated that even if a geoengineering solution to CO2 emissions could be found, it wouldn’t be enough to save the oceans
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The small fruit with a big flavour - BBC News
More than 250 crops are grown in California's Central Valley, including some of the world's tastiest peaches. But several years of drought have left the farmers facing an uncertain future.
California  drought  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  weather  system  global  warming  climate  change  climate  science  climate  crisis  climate  system  food  prices 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
El Niño weather event is biggest since 1997, may trigger soaking winter storms - San Jose Mercury News
And now supercomputers at NOAA, NASA and other world-leading scientific institutions are projecting the temperatures in that ocean region by November will hit close to that -- 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit -- the warmest since 1997. // via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9862154 // different/opposite for Australia - http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/updates/articles/a008-el-nino-and-australia.shtml // &! not much known for Europe. may affect jet stream position ... again. // Paper Source: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.html - Synopsis: There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around an 80% chance it will last into early spring 2016. // drought also in Africa // bit.ly/1mGL2ar - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/elnino
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
L.A.’s History of Paper Water | DroughtMath
This graph shows the City of Los Angeles’s history of ‘paper water’ since 1990 and the actual amount of water it has been able to obtain. Paper water is the gap between what the city anticipated it would need for it future growth versus the amount of water it actually received. The projections appear in the city’s Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) which is published and approved by the city council every five years. The city uses paper water along with real water to demonstrate that it has sufficient water supplies for the thousands of medium and high density projects going through the planning process. As time goes by however the city has not been able to access that water which has created a severe deficit resulting in a drought. Despite not having access to this water, each new water plan would continue anticipate levels of water supplies that it clearly has no access to.
drought  urban  planning  California  sustainable  sustainability 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
As Lake Mead Levels Drop, The West Braces For Bigger Drought Impact : NPR
The Colorado River and its reservoirs make the desert bloom. About 70 percent of all the water in the system goes to growing crops: vegetables, but also alfalfa and cotton. The river and its tributaries also provide the main drinking water for 40 million people. Some of the West's biggest metropolises — Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego — all grew up during what scientists now believe was a wet period, a relative anomaly in the West.
California  drought  USA  Lake  Mead  Lake  Powell  Colorado  River  sustainable  sustainability 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Don’t stop showering, California. Just lay off the burgers & nuts. — Medium
farming in that climate zone with that little water resources. = bad long-term. // https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/posts/979019875443942 - Why did Governor Jerry Brown exempt Big Oil and Big Agriculture from his order this week to cut water consumption by 25 percent? Big Oil uses more than 2 million gallons of fresh water a day in California for fracking, acidizing, and steam injections – nearly 70 million gallons last year alone. Meanwhile, California’s farmers consume 80 percent of the water used in the state and generate only 2 percent of the state’s economic activity. Oddly, the Governor’s order focuses on urban water use, which makes up less than a quarter of the water consumed here. California could save the same amount of water by requiring its farmers to increase water efficiency by 5 percent. & facebook.com/naomi.wolf.author/posts/10153185815179476 &! spiegel.de/fotostrecke/rekord-duerre-kalifornien-muss-wasser-sparen-fotostrecke-125389-10.html
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
California has about one year of water left | Hacker News
As difficult as it may be to face, the simple fact is that California is running out of water — and the problem started before our current drought. NASA data reveal that total water storage in California has been in steady decline since at least 2002, when satellite-based monitoring began, although groundwater depletion has been going on since the early 20th century. How was Exide allowed to pollute for so long and endanger so many people? How was Exide allowed to pollute for so long and endanger so many people? Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing. California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one (let alone a 20-plus-year mega-drought), except, apparently, staying in emergency mode and praying for rain. &! bit.ly/1xlusTL - California Is Drilling for Water That Fell to Earth 20,000 Years Ago &! bit.ly/1GUZuXy
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Brasilien: Wasser-Krise in Rio de Janeiro und São Paulo - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Schuld an der Wasserkrise ist nicht der Bürger, der sein Auto wäscht", sagt auch der Klimaforscher Alexandre Costa von der Universität Caéra. "Der weitaus größere Verschwender ist die industrialisierte Landwirtschaft. Sie allein verbraucht 70 Prozent des Trinkwassers." Die Agro-Industrie ist Brasiliens wichtigster Wirtschaftszweig Sie produziert großflächig Soja, Mais und betreibt Viehzucht. 2014 exportierte sie Agrargüter im Wert von knapp 85 Milliarden Euro. Und sie ist verantwortlich für 88 Prozent der Zunahme beim Wasserverbrauch in den vergangenen vier Jahren - die Bevölkerung für zwei Prozent, bilanziert Forscher Costa. Doch es gibt wohl noch einen weiteren Grund der Wassermisere. Forscher wie Costa warnen schon lange vor klimatischen Veränderungen. Entgegen der offiziellen Linie der brasilianischen Regierung sehen sie einen Zusammenhang zwischen ausbleibenden Regenfällen im Südosten und der Abholzung des Regenwalds 3000 Kilometer entfernt im Amazonas.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - US 'at risk of mega-drought future'
The American Southwest and Central Plains could be on course for super-droughts the like of which they have not witnessed in over a 1,000 years. Places like California are already facing very dry conditions, but these are quite gentle compared with some periods in the 12th and 13th Centuries. Scientists have now compared these earlier droughts with climate simulations for the coming decades. The study suggests events unprecedented in the last millennium may lie ahead. [...] Imagine instead the current California drought going on for another 20 years." [...] American Southwest and the Central Plains (a broad swathe of land from North Texas to the Dakotas) will dry as a consequence of increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Klimawandel: Forscher warnen vor Hitzekatastrophen in China - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Sommer 2013 war der heißeste, der jemals in Ostchina gemessen wurde: Der bevölkerungsreichste und wirtschaftlich wichtigste Landesteil wurde von mehreren Hitzewellen heimgesucht, die 35-Grad-Marke wurde an 31 Tagen überschritten - mehr als doppelt so oft wie im langjährigen Durschnitt. Neun Provinzen mit rund einer halben Milliarde Bewohnern waren betroffen. Allein die wirtschaftlichen Verluste in Folge der Dürren hätten fast zehn Milliarden Dollar betragen, wie es in einer Studie im Fachblatt "Nature Geoscience" heißt. Doch was das Team um Xuebin Zhang von Environment Canada in Toronto in dem Beitrag schreibt, verheißt China noch weit größeres Ungemach. Der menschliche Einfluss auf das Klima habe die Wahrscheinlichkeit für Extremsommer wie den von 2013 seit den frühen Fünfzigerjahren um das 60-Fache gesteigert, so die Forscher. Schon ab dem Jahr 2024 sei damit zu rechnen, dass jeder zweite Sommer in Ostchina so heiß werde wie der von 2013.
China  climate  change  global  warming  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  drought 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Our cities' water systems are becoming obsolete. What will replace them? - Vox
But as David Sedlak explains in his fascinating book, Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource, nothing about water has ever been simple. The urban water systems we rely on so heavily were developed in response to three major crises stretching back centuries — from water shortages in the Roman Empire to cholera outbreaks in the Industrial Revolution to polluted lakes in the United States in the 1970s. And now, Sedlak writes, we're about to face a fourth major water crisis — "as continued population growth and climate change stretch the ability of urban water systems to meet our needs." [...] 1) Our water infrastructure needs costly upgrades [...] 2) Many sewer systems are becoming overloaded [...] 3) Water scarcity in drought-prone areas [...] Climate change will make this all harder. "The most recent global climate models suggest that the wet places will get wetter and the dry places will get drier.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
This Legendary Accounting Firm Just Ran the Numbers on Climate Change | Mother Jones
This accounting firm confirms what we've been saying for a while. We don't have to choose between the the environment and the economy. In fact, we can't afford NOT to stop climate change. [...] We're 20 years away from catastrophe, says PricewaterhouseCoopers. [...] Overall, PricewaterhouseCoopers paints a bleak picture of a world that's rapidly running out of time; the required effort to curb global emissions will continue to grow each year. "The timeline is also unforgiving. [...] The pressure will be on the world's governments to come up with a solution to this enormous challenge at the much-anticipated climate talks in Paris next year. [ Capitalism/Corporations is playing a Game of Chicken. + Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything. ]
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
With Dry Taps and Toilets, California Drought Turns Desperate - NYTimes.com
"For months, families called county and state officials asking what they should do when their water ran out, only to be told that there was no public agency that could help them. CONTINUE READING THE MAIN STORY 433 COMMENTS “Nobody knows where to go, who to talk to: These aren’t people who rely on government to help,” said Donna Johnson, 72, an East Porterville resident whose own well went dry in July. As she began learning that hundreds of her neighbors were also out of water, she used her own money to buy gallons of water, handed them out of her truck and compiled a list of those in need. County officials rely on her list as the most complete snapshot of who needs help; dozens are added each day. “It’s a slow-moving disaster that nobody knows how to handle,” Ms. Johnson said." + https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8403626 + http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/mapping-the-spread-of-drought-across-the-us.html
California  drought  water  rights  water  security  drinking  water  water  scarcity  water  supply  Aquifer  Lake  Powell  Lake  Mead  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  climate  change  global  warming  Dust  Bowl  USA  Public  Policy 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Super-rich make last stand against California drought - Telegraph
"It doesn't matter how much money you have, if you run out of water you're screwed. It's a great leveller. "Gone are the days in California when you could throw water around. This is a desert and people have to realise if we run out of water it's going to return to desert." [...] He trucked water in once but is now drilling his own well instead. Dozens of other Montecito residents have also applied to drill wells, which can cost up to $100,000 – and could eventually cause to the subterranean aquifers beneath their feet to run dry. Mr Nesbitt said: "I'm getting five gallons a minute, eight hours a day out of it at the moment. Not much. Pray for rain, that's the only solution." << Stupid
California  drought  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  Aquifer  global  warming  climate  change  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  Santa  Barbara  Lake  Cachuma  Montecito  water  security  drinking  water  water  scarcity  water  supply  flat  world  natural  resources  resource  depletion  finite  resources  Lake  Powell  Lake  Mead  USA  Consumerism  consumerist  zombie  consumer  status  symbol  status  anxiety  sustainability  sustainable 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Dürre: Kalifornien spart Wasser und bestraft Verschwender - SPIEGEL ONLINE
_ http://www.spiegel.de/einestages/wasserbauingenieur-william-mulholland-der-gefallene-held-von-los-angeles-a-951205.html || "Some 40 million people – including those in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson and San Diego — and 4 million acres of farmland rely on water from the Colorado River Basin, much of it stored in Lake Mead. [...] “We don’t know exactly how much groundwater we have left, so we don’t know when we’re going to run out,” Castle said in a press release announcing the study. “This is a lot of water to lose. We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking.” [...] By focusing only on the drop in Lake Mead and paying too-little attention to the drop in water levels underground, we have placed the West’s water security in serious jeopardy." - http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/07/30/groundwater-depletion-in-colorado-river-basin-adds-big-risks-to-water-security/
water  rights  California  Colorado  River  Colorado  River  Basin  Colorado  Basin  Lake  Mead  Lake  Powell  drought  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  USA  water  security  water  scarcity  water  supply  inefficiencies  marketplace  inefficiencies  marketplace  agriculture  industry  industrial  agriculture  agriculture  policy  Dust  Bowl  Aquifer  Groundwater  Las  Vegas  Ogallala  Aquifer  complexity  unknown  unknowns  unintended  consequences  Public  non-rechargeable  aquifers 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth's 6th mass extinction event
In a new review of scientific literature and analysis of data published in Science, an international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event. [...] And while previous extinctions have been driven by natural planetary transformations or catastrophic asteroid strikes, the current die-off can be associated to human activity, a situation that the lead author Rodolfo Dirzo, a professor of biology at Stanford, designates an era of "Anthropocene defaunation." // Book http://bit.ly/M47bEd "our own downfall at our own hands. Domino's are falling." - Guardian Series: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/series/sixth-extinction || http://bit.ly/1jzy1Ol Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Grundwasser-Verlust in USA droht Dürre-Folgen zu verschärfen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=878775848816533&id=182633835097408 "New study finds groundwater supply to 40 million people in western states drying up much faster than predicted. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014GL061055/abstract Time for them to make the connection to food choice. Over 1 trillion gallons of water are used each year in California alone just to irrigate their 900,000 acres of alfalfa--all going to livestock.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Zerstört der Klimawandel unsere Denkmäler? | Zwischen Spessart & Karwendel | BR - YouTube
- rising temperatures also inside buildings, historic buildings. micro climates in buildings. further - the extreme winds and storms in the future; steep pitched roofs from the past, especially old ones from historic buildings, can't hand that kind of force that is coming. those historic pitched roofs have to be refitted with diagonal ?battens? ... further - historical buildings have to be refitted with climate control systems to keep humidity low during summer days to prevent mould not only on walls, but also on paintings and other stuff inside of historical buildings.. another expense.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Dürre in Kalifornien: Geldstrafen für Wasserverschwender - SPIEGEL ONLINE
+ Die anhaltende Dürre hat bereits deutliche Auswirkungen auf die Bauern in Kalifornien. Der Bundesstaat verfügt über die größten Anbauflächen in den USA. Landwirte mussten in diesem Jahr bereits mit rund einem Drittel weniger Wasser als üblich auskommen. Dies geht aus einem Bericht des Center for Watershed Sciences an der University of California, in Davis hervor. Die Forscher um Richard Howitt prognostizieren, dass die Dürre Kosten in Höhe von 2,2 Milliarden Dollar verursachen wird, über 17.000 Arbeitsplätze könnten verloren gehen. ++ http://www.faz.net/aktuell/gesellschaft/duerre-in-den-vereinigten-staaten-kalifornien-sehnt-sich-nach-regen-12775705.html
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Tackling climate change would grow global economy, World Bank says | Environment | theguardian.com
New report from the World Bank (yes, the World Bank) put to rest claims that the world could not afford to act on climate change. Their president said “These policies make economic sense. This report removes another false barrier, another false argument, not to take action against climate change.” Please remember this when our government claims that they will not take action on climate change if it hurts the economy. [...] “This modelling shows that smart choices that will also improve local and global economies,” Kim said. The findings are also a step forward from the work of economists such as Lord Stern who have focused on the costs of delaying action on climate change. The World Bank report was the first off the blocks of a number of economic studies meant to further the case for taking action on climate change ahead of a critical meeting at the United Nations in September. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has invited world leaders to the UN to try to build momentum in th
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
State of Flux
Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico Left: June 1994 - 89% full. Right: July 2013 - only 3% left thanks to drought. Elephant Butte is New Mexico's largest reservoir. It provides water for about 90,000 acres of farmland and nearly half the population of El Paso, Texas. If that doesn’t make you stop and take notice, nothing will.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Dürre im Westen der USA: Stausee Lake Powell trocknet aus - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die aktuelle Dürre sei "beispiellos seit dem Beginn der verlässlichen Aufzeichnungen im Jahr 1895", heißt es im National Climate Assessment, dem offiziellen Klimabericht der US-Regierung, den Präsident Barack Obama Anfang Mai vorstellte. Er verheißt dem Südwesten Ungemach: Das Wasser schwinde weiter, es fehle in Städten, Agrarlandschaften, Ökosystemen, Waldbrände häuften sich. Und das könnte erst der Anfang sein: Wissenschaftler befürchten, dass die Region in frühere Zeiten zurückfallen könnte. Baumring-Analysen haben ergeben, dass das 20. Jahrhundert die niederschlagreichste Periode der vergangenen 1200 Jahre war. Zuvor war es im Westen der USA deutlich trockener als heute. Eine Studie etwa hat gezeigt, dass zwischen den Jahren 850 und 1300 gleich zwei Megadürren herrschten - jede für sich fast 200 Jahre lang. Die größte Befürchtung der Experten ist, das Klima könne nun wieder zu derartigen Verhältnissen zurückkehren.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Draper University & Tim Draper's state of California | Launch Festival 2014 - YouTube
California is 50th in tersm of edu cost (too expensive), California spends 3% of their rev on infrastructure investments. ... It has to be really bad that they see as only solution to make it smaller. make 6. The only good thing that has CA going is the weather and that can have unintended consequences as well - extreme weather events, droughts, wildfires, flashfloods, ... http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/02/splitting-up-california + http://www.advancingafreesociety.org/eureka/sacramento-spotlight-six-californias-part-1-demographics-of-the-new-states/ + http://www.equities.com/editors-desk/economy-markets/economic-data-news/the-economic-impact-of-six-californias + http://draperuniversity.com/ ||| +++ http://youtu.be/2q8XOhm_LDE -- BOOK ! 'The race for reinvention' ""The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State"" - - IN THEIR new book, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge explain why the state faces a historic juncture
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
DRIVING THROUGH THE FLAMES OF THE SAN DIEGO FIRE !!! - YouTube
This isn't even the start of the wildfire season, high tide of the wild fire season is August/September. ... If this is an omen of what is to come in future years. HF & GL Californians. #qualityoflife - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_2014_San_Diego_County_wildfires + http://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-wildfires-lessons-from-2003-cooling-temps-possible-arson/ 125000 people told to leave homes. ... http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/15/312736068/wildfires-in-san-diego-county-continue-to-rage-out-of-control - The blaze, known as the Cocos fire, is one of nine different fires that have been plaguing San Diego County over the past three days. + http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/15/us/san-diego-wildfire/ + http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/16/us-usa-wildfires-california-idUSBREA4E0V920140516
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
'This is extreme': Wildfires strike early, hard in Southern California - CNN.com
Spate of fires causes concerns around region Wildfires aren't typically a problem in California until the summer, when things get even hotter and dryer. But San Diego County got an unwanted early start Tuesday, when the Bernardo Fire broke out. At one point, that blaze prompted some 5,000 evacuation notices to be issued, though people were allowed back not long thereafter. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the county late Wednesday. As Carlsbad police Capt. Paul Mendes said, "This is May. This is unbelievable." Throughout the region, though, the situation only deteriorated. Steady winds and high temperatures -- including daily record highs between 93 in San Diego and 99 in El Cajon, according to the National Weather Service -- certainly didn't help. "This is extreme. This has gone from dry conditions to volatile conditions," said one firefighter in Carlsbad, after using a torch to ignite backfire. "This isn't something we don't normally see until November or September.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
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