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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
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
Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal 'own goal' - BBC News
Humanity is at risk from a series of dangers of our own making, according to Prof Stephen Hawking. Nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses are among the scenarios which he singles out. And he says that further progress in science and technology will create "new ways things can go wrong". Prof Hawking is giving this year's BBC Reith Lectures, which explore research into black holes, and his warning came in answer to audience questions. He says that assuming humanity eventually establishes colonies on other worlds, it will be able to survive. "Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years. [...] But he also said that future generations of researchers should be aware of how scientific and technological progress is changing the world, and to help the wider public understand it. //&!
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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
Warning: your festive meal could be more damaging than a long-haul flight | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian - A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York. //&! // [...] I’m not suggesting that you eat no meat or other animal products. I am suggesting that we should all eat far less. Save the splurge for Christmas. And even then, choose carefully. [ Reductarian ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Patagonien: Zerfließende Eis-Riesen - Satellitenbild der Woche - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eismassen, türkise Seen, zerklüftetes Gebirge - die Landschaft Patagoniens ist selbst aus dem All faszinierend. Doch der Klimawandel bringt auch die Gletscher Argentiniens zum Schmelzen.
Argentina  water  security  drinking  water  water  scarcity  water  rights  water  supply  climate  change  global  warming  National 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Prof. Gary L. Francione on the Problem with Welfare Reforms and Single-Issue Campaigns - YouTube
Free Range and Co. - still promoting animal exploitation. Same with don't eat veal (eat the mom) or Foie gras (just eat the bird, don't force-feed the bird to eat the liver). << Single Issue Campaigns still promote animal exploitation. More morally better because you don't eat that kind of cruel meat? // Greenpeace doesn't promote Vegan. Just sustainability. Whole Foods "happy exploitation." << betrayal of animal rights! PETA gave Whole Foods an award for "best animal-friendly." [...] "lessen the suffering." // when its about human rights we take an absolute position. but animal rights public takes no absolute position but talks about meatless Monday's. If it's wrong its wrong. If it violates fundamental human rights, it violates human rights. There are not baby steps. No journey. // Educate people about Veganism. And animal rights will take care of itself. But current Vegan movement is just about "humane" or "compassionate" animal exploitation. Vegan has to be a moral imperative!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
How Soviet pollution destroyed the Aral Sea - BBC News
[ one example. doesn't mean its the last one ] In October 1990 Western scientists confirmed the virtual disappearance of the Aral Sea in Soviet Central Asia, formerly the fourth largest inland sea in the world.The loss of sea water was the result of 60 years of intensive agriculture and pollution by the Soviet authorities. It is considered the biggest manmade loss of water in recorded history. The surrounding areas were devastated. Local fisherman watched as the shore gradually receded and fish stocks ran out. Local children fell victim to respiratory illnesses. Professor Denys Brunsden, of London's King's College, was one of the first Western scientists to visit the Aral Sea in 1990. //&! Volunteers map UK coastline for industrial damage - - science led management; new artificial strip on coast changed things and beach stripped itself of sand ... //&! Beach litter 'increasing', says Marine Conservation Society -
Aral  Sea  regulation  pollution  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  self-regulation  industrial  agriculture  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  Desertification  soil  erosion  coastal  erosion  deforestation  unknown  unkown  unintended  consequences  complexity  mass  extinction  global  warming  climate  change  sustainability  sustainable  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Aquifer  water  rights  water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security  drinking  water  water  pollution  plastic  nation  recycling  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  Ocean  acidification  warming  heavy  metal  pollution  crony  capitalism  capitalism  exploitation 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
The rainforests hold the key to taming El Niño's destruction | Environment | The Guardian
Healthy forests protect our climate and moderate our weather. As the ‘Godzilla’ El Niño builds in the weeks ahead of Paris talks, it is a timely warning that deforestation is partly to blame for its impacts
deforestation  soil  erosion  flash  floods  flooding  water  scarcity  water  security  Amazonas  El  Nino  climate  change  global  warming  extreme  weather  weather  extreme 
october 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
It's Hard Being a Meat Eater - YouTube - last means to change the message, reframe, direct away from the facts/research: polarisation //&! - not extreme. &! not restrictive -
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Wasser: Mineralwasser, Leitungswasser - Welches ist am besten? - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eine Gefahr droht dagegen aus der Politik: Das Handelsabkommen TTIP könnte dazu führen, dass die eher strengen europäischen Regeln für den Einsatz von Pestiziden aufgeweicht werden. "Zum Beispiel dürfen amerikanische Äpfel mit einem fünfmal so hohen Restgehalt des Gifts Captan verkauft werden, als in Europa erlaubt ist", sagt Ole Braukmann von Hamburg Wasser. Er fürchtet, dass die deutschen Bauern bald ebenfalls mehr spritzen: "Für den Gewässerschutz kann die diskutierte Angleichung der Gesetze einen Rückschritt in die Siebzigerjahre bedeuten."
Consumer  Protection  TTIP  pesticide  herbicide  Nitrate  water  scarcity  drinking  water  water  supply  water  pollution  water  security  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  agriculture  industry  mono  agriculture  agriculture  policy  livestock  farming  Factory  Industrial  agriculture  sustainability  sustainable  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  water  rights  heavy  metal  pollution  air  pollution  pollution  animal  rights  animal  protein  antibiotic  resistance  post-antibiotic  era  Dairy  Meat  Egg  antibiotics  Petroleum  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  big  pharma  Milk 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
How Tesla Will Change The World
[ 2C target is the most stupid experiment even run in human history, comes before nuclear fallout. fukushima, chernobyl - still dealing with the consequences. ] This is Part 2 of a four-part series on Elon Musk’s companies. For an explanation of why this series is happening and how Musk is involved, start with Part 1.
Elon  Musk  Tesla  Motors  carbonfootprint  climate  change  global  warming  CO2  economic  damage  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  food  security  water  security  water  scarcity  drinking  water  water  supply  water  rights  food  prices  food  poverty  renewable  energy  Kyoto  Career  Politicians  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  shared  economic  interest  insurance  premium  energy  policy  air  pollution  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  mass  extinction 
september 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: ...
water  scarcity  drinking  water  water  rights  water  supply  water  pollution  water  security  Aquifer  drought  climate  change  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  global  warming  climate  crisis  economic  damage  food  prices  food  poverty  National  food  security  food  waste  omnivore  inefficiencies  food  industry  water  shortage 
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
climate  change  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  global  warming  climate  crisis  climate  science  climate  system  food  security  water  scarcity  water  rights  drinking  water  water  supply  water  security  Germany  Europe  drought 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Gletscher schmelzen weltweit im Rekordtempo - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Klimawandel macht sich im Gebirge deutlich bemerkbar: Weltweit sind die Gletscher auf dem Rückzug, viele verlieren einen halben bis einen Meter pro Jahr. //
climate  change  global  warming  water  scarcity  drinking  water  water  rights  watersupply  water  supply  water  security  food  security  food  prices 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Should Americans Be Paying More for Water? - YouTube
$4.8 trillion over next 20 years. Americans pay 1 cent per gallon of water.
USA  infrastructure  investment  public  utility  utilities  water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security 
may 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. // - 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. & &!
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
PlantLab: Urban Farms 40 Times More Productive than Open Fields | Urbanist
A Dutch firm on the cutting edge of indoor agriculture estimates that producing food for the entire world could take place in a space far smaller than the area occupied by Holland, using just 10% of the water needed by traditional farms. The proposal is not without precedent – Japan already has one prototype urban farm that is 100 times more productive than farmers’ fields. // see comments - &! omnivore water waste to produce 1kg of protein vs vegan protein and waste to feed said animal to produce 1kg of protein - inefficient as fuck.
urban  planning  urbanisation  resource  depletion  finite  resources  water  security  water  scarcity  food  security  food  waste  omnivore  Industrial  Farming  agriculture 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Water crisis coming in 15 years unless the world acts now, UN report warns | Hacker News
Am Sonntag ist Weltwassertag, und passend zum Anlass hat die Uno heute ihren Wasserbericht veröffentlicht. Die Ergebnisse klingen wenig optimistisch: Die Verschwendung von Trinkwasser nimmt demnach bedrohliche Ausmaße an. Es seien "einschneidende Änderungen bei der Nutzung, Verwaltung und Aufteilung" nötig. 748 Millionen Menschen haben dem Uno-Bericht zufolge keinen Zugang zu sauberem Trinkwasser. Eines der drängendsten Probleme sei der Anstieg der Weltbevölkerung von derzeit 7,3 Milliarden Menschen auf voraussichtlich 9,1 Milliarden im Jahr 2050: Der weltweite Bedarf an Wasser werde dadurch um 55 Prozent ansteigen, unter anderem durch die landwirtschaftliche Produktion, die bereits heute für 70 Prozent des Wasserverbrauchs verantwortlich ist.
water  security  water  rights  drinking  water  water  pollution  water  scarcity  water  supply  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  policy  folly  policy  error 
march 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. &! - California Is Drilling for Water That Fell to Earth 20,000 Years Ago &!
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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
A Billion Gallons a Day | Living City | The New York Times - YouTube
"without water, a city doesn't exist." &! less chlorine via UV light treatment. is also cheaper long-term
NYC  New  York  water  security  water  scarcity  water  supply  water  rights  drinking  water  Aquifer  Aqueduct  infrastructure  investment  urban  planning  urbanisation 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
Klimawandel: Deutlich häufigere Hitzewellen in Europa - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Weitere Analysen legten nahe, dass um das Jahr 2040 herum Sommertemperaturen wie im Jahr 2003 Normalität sein werden, schreiben die Forscher. Gegen Ende des Jahrhunderts würden sie gar als relativ kühle Sommer wahrgenommen. Gefahr schon länger bekannt Die Einflüsse des Menschen auf das Klima hätten die Häufigkeit extrem heißer Sommer in Europa in den vergangenen 10 bis 15 Jahren vermutlich erheblich mitbestimmt, schreiben die Wissenschaftler. Da die Sommer-Durchschnittstemperaturen sich auf einer Aufwärtsbahn bewegten, werde sich die Wahrnehmung extrem heißer Sommer in Europa in den kommenden Jahrzehnten merklich ändern. Die Erhöhung der Widerstandsfähigkeit der Gesellschaft in den betroffenen Regionen gehöre zu den wichtigsten Herausforderungen für Anpassungsplaner.
heat  wave  climate  change  global  warming  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  Europe  unintended  consequences  unknown  unkown  water  security  water  scarcity  water  supply 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Peru say glaciers 'melting at alarming rate'
Experts have warned that Peru's glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, threatening the survival of an estimated 30 million people. The water from the glaciers is used to generate hydro power and for irrigation. Scientists say the glaciers have lost more than one-fifth of their mass in just three decades due to global warming.
global  warming  climate  change  complexity  unintended  consequences  unknown  unkown  water  security  water  scarcity  water  supply  drinking  water  water  rights 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
Waste Water from Oil Fracking Injected into Clean Aquifers | NBC Bay Area
Waste Water. WASTE. WASTE! "California Dept. of Conservation Deputy Director admits that errors were made" [...] NBC reports that California officials “allowed oil and gas companies to pump nearly three billion gallons of waste water” from fracking “into underground aquifers that could have been used for drinking water or irrigation.”
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november 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.
infrastructure  investment  urbanisation  urban  planning  USA  water  security  water  scarcity  water  rights  drinking  water  water  supply  climate  change  global  warming  drought  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  population  desalination  California  resource  depletion  natural  resources  finite  resources  capitalism  Wall  Street  shareholder  shareholder  value  uncertainty  unknown  unkown  unknown  unknowns  complexity 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
With Dry Taps and Toilets, California Drought Turns Desperate -
"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." + +
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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
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Dürre: Kalifornien spart Wasser und bestraft Verschwender - SPIEGEL ONLINE
_ || "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." -
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Companies proclaim water the next oil in a rush to turn resources into profit | Money | || one can argue, if we don't put a price on it, we will never learn to economise a finite/scarce resource. like clean air. clean water. // but it's not only bottled water that you can sell with the right marketing at a premium, more expensive than petrol. it is also perishables/foods that need lots and lots of water - nuts, ie almonds. need lots of sunshine and lots of water. go to California. have invested 5-10 years ago in companies doing business with almonds, I guess you might a good return so far. same with coffee, coffee beans. coffee is water intense end-product.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Grundwasser-Verlust in USA droht Dürre-Folgen zu verschärfen - SPIEGEL ONLINE "New study finds groundwater supply to 40 million people in western states drying up much faster than predicted. 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
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. ++
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Tackling climate change would grow global economy, World Bank says | Environment |
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
Live chart: The low countries - YouTube
Timothy Geithner says no risk of U.S. losing it's AAA credit rating - || Geithner: Japan's 'Lost Decade' Not America's Fate - "the hope it's gonna heal itself, to hope you can grow yourself out of it" growing your way out of it" || +!!! Timothy Geithner Fired Robert Shiller? >> economics has no humans in it !!! no real world example. Conventional wisdom so strong. "We've got too scientific." And anybody who is 'flaky' gets pushed out [Robert Schiller]. >>Wenn du dich auf andere verlaesst, bist du verlassen.<< || Robert Shiller: Speculative Asset Prices - "present value". || + Robert Shiller: Nobel Prize Winning Economist - "it can't be an exact science (forecasting) because of the complexity, mass data; uncertain, certain, and data that can't be put in numbers, storystelling -> feedback loops ...
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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.
California  Nevada  Arizona  New  Mexico  Pheonix  Texas  Las  Vegas  drought  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  climate  change  climate  science  weather  system  global  warming  Lake  Mead  Colorado  River  Lake  Powell  USA  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  Public  water  security  drinking  water  water  scarcity  water  supply  2014  Wildfire  Los  Angeles  San  Francisco  Silicon  Valley  food  security  food  prices  food  poverty  San  Diego 
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, ... + + + ||| +++ -- 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
New White House report: Climate change is here and action needed now -
+ U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods || + Nine maps that show how climate change is already affecting the US >> 1) Most of the country is getting hotter + 2) The heaviest storms are getting wetter + 4) The Southeast is getting more 95°F days + 5) Snowpack is dwindling in the Southwest — putting water supplies at risk ++ ( Wine grapes, nuts, and other perennial California crops will be hard-hit. [...] And even if they can get enough water, heat stress and other climate effects will likely knock down yields of some crops. )
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
How Much Climate-Change Denial Can the Market Bear? | VICE News
Market analysts anticipated none of these because their focus is the economy, NOT the environment. Those guys are looking to make money, while scientists are overwhelmingly in agreement that not only is global warming happening, but that the worst is yet to come.
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Cattle are top global livestock emitters
Cattle are the biggest source of greenhouse gases, accounting for more than three-quarters of all emissions from global livestock, a survey shows.
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december 2013 by asterisk2a
Report: Polluted farm runoff linked to toxic green algae slime in U.S. waters - The Washington Post
At least one drinking-water provider, Des Moines Water Works, is struggling to clean nitrates from water it supplies to a half-million customers as a result of polluted runoff from farms. a growing toxic danger that threatens human health and has claimed the life of at least one person, more than 20 pets since 2001 and a multitude of marine life.
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september 2013 by asterisk2a
▶ Alison Jackson: A surprising look at celebrity - YouTube
when you can't have something, the more you want it. celebrity insight and connection. the more pictures you see of 'celebrities' and all the 'gossip' you can't really have that but you get some. and because you know it is limited, the more you want what is available ... of that celebrity and that gossip.
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september 2013 by asterisk2a
US-Geologiebehörde: Fracking soll seltene Fischen getötet haben - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Wissenschaftler befürchten schon lange, dass Fracking der Umwelt schadet. Jetzt hat eine US-Regierungsbehörde festgestellt, dass durch die Gasfördermethode in Kentucky ein nahegelegenes Gewässer mit Säuren und Metallen belastet wurde. Die Folge: ein Massensterben einer bedrohten Fischart. [...] Schon länger warnen Wissenschaftler vor den Umweltgefahren der unkonventionellen Gasfördermethode: Im Juni hatten Forscher eine Belastung des Trinkwassers in der Nähe von Fracking-Anlagen im Bundesstaat Pennsylvania festgestellt. [...] Trotz der Umweltgefahren boomt Fracking in den USA seit Jahren. Die größte Wirtschaftsmacht der Welt hofft so, von Energieimporten unabhängig zu werden.
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august 2013 by asterisk2a
Dwindling Colorado River Forces First-Ever Cuts in Lake Powell Water Releases -
At their root, the potential water shortages both lakes face is the result of what has happened to the Colorado River over the past decade. Long-running drought across the Southwest has starved the river to its current low flows, and climate change is expected to reduce them by 5 to 20 percent over the next 40 years, University of Colorado geoscientist Brad Udall told Smithsonian Magazine. Its impacts will be felt at each stage of the river's development: less snowfall in the Rocky Mountains will mean less water enters the river at its start, while hotter air temperatures and drier weather will mean longer droughts and more water lost to evaporation.
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august 2013 by asterisk2a
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