Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Water Woes

From dailykos, a good post summarizing the world's water woes:

When the Well Runs Dry

Lower river flows and lower lake levels could impair navigation, hydroelectric power generation, and water quality, and reduce the supplies of water available for agricultural, residential, and industrial uses. Some areas may experience both increased flooding during winter and spring, as well as lower supplies during summer. In California's Central Valley, for example, melting snow provides much of the summer water supply; warmer temperatures would cause the snow to melt earlier and thus reduce summer supplies even if rainfall increased during the spring. More generally, the tendency for rainfall (see climate trends) to be more concentrated in large storms as temperatures rise would tend to increase river flooding, without increasing the amount of water available.

That quote is not from the dailykos diarist: it's from the EPA.

Jacques Cousteau

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.

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