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Photo: How Little Water There Really Is On Earth

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How Important Is Water?



Take a look at this photo to understand just how important water conservation really is.

"In this illustration, the sphere on the left represents Earth with all of the water removed. The blue sphere to the right shows the approximate volume of all of Earth's water. The tiny blue dot on the far right represents the available fresh water. Another way to think of it is that if we represented the size of Earth with a basketball, all the water on the planet would fit into a ping pong ball and the available fresh water would be smaller than a popcorn kernel. Despite being such a water-rich planet, drinking water is one of our most precious resources."

Drought Hits Spain's Wheat Crop

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Droughts in Spain have become more severe and frequent over the last few years. I reported on a devastating drought that hit Spain in 2006 and another in 2008. This time however, it is even more severe due to lack of winter precipitation that is now affecting their wheat crop. Scientists have already predicted that the effects on agriculture due to the effects of drought brought on my anthropogenic global warming will gravely affect our ability to feed the world with a business as usual scenario.

Drought Hits Spain's Wheat Crop

"Spain has faced the driest winter ever recorded. It has raised red flags in Spain, where farmers face the threat of extreme drought. Grain crops in Spain are suffering after an unusually dry autumn and winter. The amount of rainfall has been just half of normal in key grain producing regions.

The map of the impact of the drought on plants throughout the country made with Normalized Vegetation Difference Index (NDVI) data from the Moderate Resolut…