When Will We Ever Learn?

While matter can never be created or destroyed it can be moved, and today due to climate change we have simultaneously droughts in some areas and floods in others.  

Lakes in Trouble:

Lake Mead: is he largest reservoir in the US. It supplies water to millions in seven states, tribal lands, and northern Mexico. It has dropped 158 ft since the late 1980s—likely the worst drop in the Western US in 12 centuries. NASA calls it a stark illustration of climate change.

Salt Lake: It is at its lowest level since the depth began to be measured in the 1800s. Its loss could amount to an economic loss of up to 2 billion per year. The death of the lake’s flies and brine shrimp threaten 10 million migratory birds. The lake contains arsenic and as it dries, the arsenic is picked up by the wind and blown into the atmosphere for people to breathe.

Lake Powell:  Utah water experts describe its condition as dire. It is not only an important water source, it is critical for hydroelectricity production at Glen Canyon Dam.

Many lakes in California are in trouble including Mendocino and Oroville.where a hydroelectric plant has been shut down.

11 Rivers in Trouble:

Most of them—except as noted— affect states among California, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, and northern Mexico. 

Colorado River: This river is in the most serious crisis, and is a water source for 40 million people from Colorado to northern Mexico. The impact of its drying up is huge. Farmers are already going out of business that once depended on water from tributaries. In addition, Rio Grande River,Sacramento River,Pecos River,John Day River (Oregon),North Fork River,Canadian River,Arkansas River, Brazos River,Red River (Reaches as far as Louisiana), and Gascanado ( Reaches as far as Missouri) are among those whose futures as a water source are threatened.

Aquifers: NASA uses satellites to measure underground  resources. Rain, of course contributes to aquifers, but nearly all global aquifers are being drained at a higher rate than water coming in.

Glaciers: Glaciers contain a tremendous amount of clean water, but if they break off and join with salt water they are lost. The Thwaites glacier in the Antarctic could last as little as 3 to 5 years. Scientists call it the Doomsday glacier as it is like a cork holding back much more ice. Its demise would raise sea levels by as much as two feet, meaning destruction of islands and shorelines.

Since 3/4 of Earth’s clean water is in the form of ice, ways are being studied to tow icebergs to sites for melting and transporting for human use, none of which are inexpensive—less costly than desalinization—but we can’t postpone action while the green grass grows— around our homes and swimming pools.

What does this mean for humanity?

While clean water supplies and subsequent food sources are diminishing, human population is growing.

Our food, even potato chips, depends on non-salt water to grow. Already, there are countries with starving populations. The humane among us want to help by supporting organizations that will provide food, but when are we going to understand that a finite Earth has limits? That our actions and lifestyle have significant impacts on the livability of our planet? That we are all in this together?

2 thoughts on “When Will We Ever Learn?

  1. Thanks for posting. There are just too many people who don’t or won’t understand our impact on the planet and too many of them seem to be in charge or can influence those who are in charge.or able to influence those who are in charge. I fear it will be way past too late by the time this is understood. The public has been brainwashed to believe that governments will solve all our problems when, mostly, the exact opposite is true.

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