As if we did not have enough problems, many parts of the world and millions upon millions of people are running out of water. The southwestern United States is dry as a bone and San Paulo in Brazil, a city of 20 million, is in big trouble. So much so that if it does not rain in October, the whole country will be in trouble because what will the Brazilian or any government do with 20 million people out of water?
All those people who are drinking out of the Colorado River, what are we going to do with them? Who is going to grow the food that Californians will no longer be able to do because they do not have enough water for crops? Farmers in California’s Central Valley, the world’s most productive agricultural region, are paying as much as 10 times more for water than they did before the state’s record drought cut supply.
Scientists just released the results of a first-of-its-kind study that finds the seven states of the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin are depleting groundwater reserves at a rapid rate. . That threatens the future of a river that supplies water to 40 million people and irrigates 4 million acres of farmland.
The Colorado River Basin has lost 65 cubic kilometers—that’s 17.3 trillion gallons—of water between December 2004 and November 2013. More than 80% of California is now in an extreme drought, according to new data by the National Weather Service. The NWS’ Drought Monitor Update for July 15 shows 81% of California in the category of extreme drought or worse, up from 78%. Three months ago, it was 68%.
Once the seven states of the Colorado River Basin—Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming—deplete their groundwater reserves beyond the point of no return, they will run out of options. That day is arriving or has already passed. Some have known for many years where this is all going, but like everything else, it is not discussed in the open. Solutions are just too difficult or expensive and the United States government would rather fight wars around the world then help their own people at home.
Most think there is little to worry about. Californians’ reaction to their state’s record-breaking drought so far has been to shrug and hose down their cars. Now proposed emergency regulations will set a minimum standard requiring only modest lifestyle changes across the state. The world is changing, the weather is extreme, world finances are out of control, and now we face a drying world.
Perhaps people will take a better look at the world we live in and all the radical changes happening. Reality is shouting at us and still most do not listen. Positive change is not coming—not in any sense we can see, smell, feel, taste or touch. God is not going to come out of the heavens and Aliens neither will warp to our rescue.
We really can congratulate ourselves, the baby boomers, the ones who have ridden high on the hog with their attitudes. I am talking about those attitudes that destroy the future because we just do not have the ability to look reality right in the face.
We are heading into a horrendous water crisis unlike anything that the world has ever experienced before and right now there do not seem to be any solutions capable of addressing this crisis. After 14 years of drought in the Southwest, the water reservoir created by the Hoover Dam has officially dipped to its lowest water level since it began filling up with water from the Colorado River in the 1930s.
Hundreds of millions of people living in North Africa, the Middle East, India and parts of China already deal with severe water shortages as part of their daily lives. Americans and Brazilians are going to join in. The lack of fresh water will eventually be felt deeply by nearly everyone on the planet for food prices will continue to rocket up as water and food grown from it become more scarce.
ETF Daily News writes, “War, famine, mass extinctions and devastating plagues – all of these are coming unless some kind of miraculous solution is found to the world’s rapidly growing water crisis. By the year 2030, the global demand for water will exceed the global supply of water by an astounding 40 percent according to one very disturbing U.S. government report. As you read this article, lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers are steadily drying up all over the planet. The lack of global water could potentially be enough to bring about a worldwide economic collapse all by itself if nothing is done because no society can function without water. Just try to live a single day without using any water some time. You will quickly realize how difficult it is. Fresh water is the single most important natural resource on the planet, and we are very rapidly running out of it.”