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The Ongoing Collapse of the World’s Aquifers

Via Wired, a report on how – when humans over-exploit underground water supplies – the ground collapses like a huge empty water bottle. It’s called subsidence, and it could affect 1.6 billion people by 2040: AS CALIFORNIA’S ECONOMY skyrocketed during the 20th century, its land headed in the opposite direction. A booming agricultural industry in the […]

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Two-Thirds of Earth On Pace To Lose Water As Climate Warms

Via The Conversation, an article on how two-thirds of Earth’s land is on pace to lose water as the climate warms The world watched with a sense of dread in 2018 as Cape Town, South Africa, counted down the days until the city would run out of water. The region’s surface reservoirs were going dry amid […]

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Water: A Precious Natural Resource Under Pressure

Via Brahma Chellaney, commentary on water scarcity: The global shock brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, with its major economic and social disruptions, has ensured that 2020 will go down in history as a watershed year. Researchers believe that the impact of the pandemic has set in motion higher rates of birth, divorce, obesity, depression, bankruptcy, […]

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Water Scarcity: An Understated Global Security Risk

Via Harvard Law School’s National Security Journal, commentary on global water scarcity: The Industrial Revolutions improved living standards for people in most nations where technology proliferated.[1] Populations in modern societies are not overly concerned with accessing food or water on a daily basis. In particular, the availability of clean, fresh water is a reasonable expectation throughout […]

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2020 National Intelligence Council Memorandum on Global Water Insecurity Released

Via Peter Gleick, commentary on the 2020 National Intelligence Council Memorandum on Global Water Insecurity: On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 116-92), including the Intelligence Authorization Act of FY2020. Section 6722 of that law required a report be prepared on the national security effects of “global […]

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Severe Drought In South America

Via Smart Water Magazine, an article on South America’s drought: Large parts of South America are in the grip of a serious drought. Signs of the drought began to appear in satellite gravimetry observations of southeastern Brazil in mid-2018 and had spread into parts of Paraguay, Bolivia, and northern Argentina by 2020. “This is the second most intense drought in […]

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