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Climate Change Making Wide Swaths of Parched Globe 'Uninhabitable'


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Climate Change Making Wide Swaths of Parched Globe 'Uninhabitable'

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Global water shortages, exacerbated by human-caused climate change, are likely to spur conflict and migration across the Middle East, central Asia, and Africa—all while negatively impacting regional economies, according to a new World Bank report published Tuesday.


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And don't forget, sending your kids to school each day will only leave them completely unprepared to face this kind of future, since schools are institutions designed to produce passive and obedient workers, consumers and soldiers for capitalism. Do some research on the history of schools. Schools contradict how humans evolved to learn - they're a form of child abuse, crippling kids in all possible ways. If you want to imagine a better future, then you've got to imagine it without institutions of domination.


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Nothing to worry about.
Nestle will come to rescue the World with their bottled water.
And with oil at rock bottom prices, they can afford to just give away tons of plastic bottles.
Another problem solved by unselfish corporations.


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Meanwhile in the face of this growing water shortage looming overhead as an ever grimmer future unfolds, Hillary encouraged fracking here and around the world which poisons underground wells and water tables. In the face of water shortages... The fossil fuel industry hurries to poison wells.


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My county in northern ca. will not allow me to sell my well water to southern counties but allows the ranchers and farmers basically free water from our aquifers to grow nuts and raise livestock that is shipped out of county. They can not understand that it is really just shipping our water south in a different form. They will not answer who owns that water we all live above. It seems it belongs to whoever has the deepest well and largest pumps. Water is an extremely important resource that should have a cost value that relates to its true worth not just given away.


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I guess you never heard of Sahel Springs water. Why do you think there is a water crisis? Nestle has been there done that. Next you will hear about a water crisis in Poland. Where do you think Poland Springs comes from anyway?


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In essence we isolate our specific interests from the big picture and that is tripping us up big time. It is an outmoded growth paradigm. Once there was always more as technology made available resources never before available. Hoover Dam and the Colorado? Water water! Yet over the years that sudden abundance became scarce. That happens when you grow water hungry crops and orchards in a desert. And have an abundance of fountains and Las Vegas excess in a place where a swimming pool gets evaporated away before you finish diving off the board ( a slight bit of hyperbole ). Pass the almonds, pass the salad and eat your broccoli etc.

Your swimming pool. His orchard. A new casino with a water park and a huge fountain. We got jobs and money and growth and... Hey what happened to the water?

Not my job man! The big picture? Somehow we no longer think about the bigger picture... It interferes with growth when you do that.

Doesn't it? Yeah it does. The era of scarcity beckons and we don't want to see it.


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Isn't it time to stop talking about "growth"??


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"Global water shortages, exacerbated by human-caused climate change, are likely to spur conflict..."
It's already happening just south of our border, though for reasons unknown has yet to be meaningfully reported here. One can speculate why, as it does challenge certain institutional images both sacred and otherwise:
http://www.desertexposure.com/201304/201304_water_wars.php

http://dominion.mediacoop.ca/story/punching-holes-desert/16740


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i rode my bicycle around N America 20 years ago. Through poor thinking and planning, we ended up pedaling across Phoenix. It just went on forever, and when we got to the edge... massive new development. i imagine that at the edge of a larger, more water-sucking Phoenix today... massive new development.

Much of the world will be hit more grievously than the USA in these early years of runaway climate change, but in just a few years it will become clear that everyone in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and other massive US desert cities will have to move...

Despite reality's bite - and just as with the world's major coastal megalopolises - there is no serious planning underway for moving... or stopping...


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Long since past time...


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Thirty years ago i read the classic book Cadillac Desert. It outlined in blunt clear terms the utter non-sustainability of the entire Western US water paradigm, and the massive development that was built upon it.

One of many reasons i've spent my life marveling at the capacity for human foolishness...


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People don't realize just how recent all this abundance has been. It is only after WW2 that the world we know today started. Before the war (and the Depresion) technology was only just becoming electric. Yes most cities and towns had electricity but many rural homes did not. The Golden Age of the Appliance dawned. Aside from telephone party lines and that humdinger the radio, there were new fangled things all the time. Imagine a washing machine! Did you ever? Model Ts and well tarnation they are letting people be passengers in them flying machines. Then in quick succession came WW1 and the Depression and then that most desperate of wars that we won and then the world loved America (except the Russians and Chinese Commies)! Soon we were surprised by an endless flood of what were called labor saving appliances that we worked overtime to be able to buy! After the Korean War there was a small depression that scared people for a time but it passed as the world recouperated from the destruction and stress of WW2 and our economy went into overdrive. Mutually Assurred Destruction Duck and Cover...how many college kids can fit in a telephone booth? The world exploded into abundance ( at least it did for us). Everybody wanted to be Americans. Cowboys and Indians! Rock and roll! Cars and highways. TV and Hollywood movies! California wines and the end of truck farms (farms near cities which trucked in their seasonal produce.) supermarkets and frozen foods! Abundance maxed out!

Fifty years later, just enough time for generations to pass where the young do not know the old folks that their parents knew, that over abundance became shortage. Dying seas and corals, salmon runs disappearing, aquifers depleted, farmland soil eroded and drought becomes a demon to plague the future. Chemicals poison the air and water and greenhouse gases threaten to destroy our once benign climate. The sixth extinction that might even include us!

Fifty years of excessive abundance was how long it took for all that waste...that wasted abundance to turn into shortage. Where there was one in abundance now there is two in shortages. It only gets worse from now on.

Fifty years. We are the last generation to know that abundance because our generation was the one who wasted it and used it up.


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A statement of what has for many years been the bleedin' obvious.

And, "with some regions standing to improve their growth rates by up to 6% with better water resource management" they are stil going to have the same problem of running out of water unless they reduce growth rates to zero.

Just wait till the Himalyan glaciers have all but melted! If there hasn't been a nuclear war between India and Pakistan over shared but diminishing water supply in the meantime. Rising sea-levels across Bangladesh and the death of the Himalayan glaciers will see that many "boat people" sailing downwind to Australia that Australia won't have a clue what to do, if it ever had.


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Water wars are coming.


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AWESOME GRAPHIC.
THANKS!

I have been a vegetarian for 20 years.


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Dont you wonder Where is the immediacy is in these articles?
It seems most articles nowadays all boldly spout "in a decade or 2" type words.
The water crisis is here now for over a billion people. India and Africa are having their worst droughts in a long time NOW.

Internet has killed immediacy, replaced it with distraction and low level stress simulation.

Never ever imagined i would say the good old days of broadcast tv.


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Not to mention fracking and corporations like Nestle.


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The average person does not research things on the internet. And if they do they are soon distracted by angry birds, war apps and celebrity gossip.
Broadcast tv has always been filled with proganda , but the internet has perfected it and multiplied it a trillion fold.

When we all watched broadcast tv we all saw the truth of certain events in a slower more palpable way. A picture was worth a thousand words and video made people turn their heads
It contributed heavely to the Vietnam war backlash and subsequent peace Movement. The beatles. The starvation events in china and Africa affected everyone so strongly they became household words and symbols of graditude for our place in the world.

I would also ad your argumentative style of conversation is a direct product of haveing an illusion of facts at your disposal. And is, in part, a form of propaganda clouding and coloring your perception. The truth is that a smaller percentage of people know about the drought, and less still know of its severity and what is really looks like. Even on here.

What i said was just a basic understanding of social and media criticism not an "opinion".
Now adays nearly everything is shallow and interpreted by many as "opinion".
This was not the way it was even just a few decades ago.
When people actually discussed social criticism and didnt take it personally.