Disease, Malnutrition, War, Famine — The Cost of Drought

In the media and news industry there is an old adage, “If it bleeds, it leads.” That means the stories that will get the most interest and attention from the public will be headlines about murder, mayhem, war and disaster. Unfortunately, this is true. Alas, when it comes to drought, the headlines will read like…

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We Can Avoid “Death by a Thousand Cuts”

Drought Monitor

Drought Forces First-Ever Colorado River Water Cutback to Southwest States Move likely to hit farmers hardest, reducing access to region’s economic lifeblood amid protracted drought That’s the headline from an article by Jim Carlton of The Wall Street Journal this week. It comes on the heels of restrictions of water in California (see August 5th…

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It Is Time To Supplement Our Sources of Water

Sources Of Water

California State Water Resources Control Board Votes To End Water Diversions For Over 5,700 Farmers This headline from the California Globe reveals the downstream (pun intended) effects of drought and poor water management. “The California State Water Resources Control Board unanimously voted 5-0 on Tuesday to stop water diversions for thousands of Californians in the…

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Is Restricting Water Usage the Answer to Drought?

Restricting Water Usage

Last week California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order asking Californians to reduce water usage by 15% as the state copes with persistent drought. Water restrictions are the standard response to drought conditions.  After all, if you don’t have enough water you have to cut back, right?  This approach is commonplace in nearly every…

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Water Stress: A Worsening Global Problem

Desert

Billions of global citizens lack access to one of the essential elements of life: clean water. Recently the problem has worsened with the effects of global pollution and population growth. The degree of the problem varies from wide-reaching damage (e.g.public health) to the stunting of economic growth and global trade limitations. It drives human migration…

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