If this recent article from Grist, doesn’t get your attention about the implication of climate, water and human life … sigh
Here are the salient points
Quote 1: “From a rise overlooking the unusually low San Luis Reservoir, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for 39 of the state’s 58 counties on Monday.”
Quote 2: “As California’s not-so-wet season draws to a close, half the state is already in ‘extreme drought.’ That means that thousands of wells could go dry in the poorest rural areas in the coming months, and fish populations will suffer as rivers heat up. In the northern half of the state, reservoir levels are already as low as they were three years into the last major drought that ran from 2011 to 2017.”
Quote 3: “It’s a different story in the rural parts of California: Escriva-Bou has projected that 2,400 wells could go dry around the state this year. That’s grim, but the fact that anyone is making those projections is an improvement over the last drought, when some 3,000 wells went dry without warning. “Now we know where they are and can be proactive,” he said.”
The irony is that most of this was avoidable with proactive, strategic acknowledgement of the problem and actions to mitigate. The tragedy is that poorer, less white humans will disproportionately suffer.