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'Clear Human Fingerprints' Found by NASA Study of Increasingly Dire Global Water Shortages


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'Clear Human Fingerprints' Found by NASA Study of Increasingly Dire Global Water Shortages

Julia Conley, staff writer

With a first-of-its-kind satellite study, NASA scientists have identified more than 30 parts of the globe where the depletion of freshwater has been most dramatic, largely due to human activity and the climate crisis.


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This may be the last we hear from them since Trump pulled their funding. Not that I know the end of their fiscal year.


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This guy from “the charity WaterAid” sounds like he’d like some of your money for his charity. That would be one form of investment!

Maybe I’m making too big a deal over that word investment. I think it betrays the usual “full-steam ahead” attitude regarding the impending hard crash against one of the limits Donella Meadows so eloquently presented in 1972.

Sure, there will need to be investment. But in what? More unsustainable groundwater and dam projects, to buy ourselves another few years? Freshwater scarcity is just one of so many abrupt limits, dead ahead.

Where faced with planetary limits, humanity has to some degree a choice between intelligently easing down or obliviously crashing. Wanna start a betting pool on that one?


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There are too many people for the water to sustain.


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Now is the time for them to get vocal and shout it from the rooftops. They don’t need funding or permission to do that.


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The problem is not with the number of people, the problem is with the amount of fossil fuels that we continue to burn, and the amount of CO2 and other pollutants that get dumped into the atmosphere, oceans and on our heads.


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It’s not just the fossil fuels. We are pushing the earth beyond it’s limits from many directions. Some of those problems are driven by there being way too many people here. You might want to read this: https://www.nature.com/articles/461472a


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Again, we would not have this problem is we transition to alternative energy, and start to live sustainably. So it’s not the population, it’s the fossil fuel pollution.


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Repeat yourself all you want, but there are way too many of us here, fossil fuels or not. You’re not getting “sustainability” without population going down, too.


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Both capitalism and overpopulation need to be addressed to solve climate change. The former we have to do in the relatively short term and the latter can be done by decreasing birth rates among generations. To prioritize one of these over the other is to not see the forest from the trees.


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There’s nothing you can do about the population growth. Birthrates are approaching 1:1 now and will level off throughout most of the world within the next 20 years, except for Africa and parts of Asia.

The reason why we still have a substantial growth in population is because people over 60 are living longer.
Transitioning to sustainability is advised.