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Last Call At The Oasis

Last Call At The Oasis

A new movie highlighting the importance of water to our lives and the global crisis we face with ways to address it. It is good to see movies like this being made especially regarding water. We use too much of it (particularly regarding agriculture and energy,) we take it too much for granted and our misconceptions about its availability are being challenged. We are using much more than we can replenish and that exacerbates physical scarcity and non physical scarcity in the form of pollution that makes water unsuitable and unhealthy for human use.

In this age of climate change as well (when we are now seeing the human affect on the hydrologic cycle in connection with extreme weather events such as droughts and floods becoming more frequent and severe) we see moral will colliding with the forces of greed taking advantage of our apathy. We can no longer be secure in thinking we will never be without it and thinking it is a far away obscure crisis. It is here,…

Climate Change Has Intensified The Global Water Cycle

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Climate Change Has Intensified The Global Water Cycle

Climate scientists have been saying for years that one of the many downsides of a warming planet is that both droughts and torrential rains are both likely to get worse. That’s what climate models predict, and that’s what observers have noted, most recently in the IPCC’s report on extreme weather, released last month. It makes physical sense, too. A warmer atmosphere can absorb more water vapor, and what goes up must come down — and thanks to prevailing winds, it won’t come down in the same place.

The idea of changes to the so-called hydrologic cycle, in short, hangs together pretty well. According to a new paper just published in Science, however, the picture is flawed in one important and disturbing way. Based on measurements gathered around the world from 1950-2000, a team of researchers from Australia and the U.S. has concluded that the hydrologic cycle is indeed changing. Wet areas are getting wetter and dry areas are gettin…

Why Is Water So Ignored?

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Why Is Water So Ignored?


I have been writing about water and reporting on many issues surrounding it globally for the past few years now. I have emphasized thousands of times the need to respect and conserve this life giving source, especially now when the effects of climate change, pollution and privatization are bringing us to a true tipping point. There is not a day that doesn't go by that you don't see the effects of our actions on water. Glacial melt is increasing globally, oceans are acidifying, pollution in global waterways makes many rivers unusable, more intense precipitation events are contributing to losses in agricultural output leading to rising food prices. Yet, for all of this happening most people seem content to continue business as usual.

Is it me? Am I wrong to care about displaced people due to intense record breaking flooding and drought due to the effects of global warming/climate change? Am I wrong to care about the ecosystems destroyed because of the…