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The drought-stricken Colorado River Basin has experienced rapid and significant groundwater depletion since late 2004, posing a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought, according to a new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine.

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Sadly, the evidence is clear and cannot be refuted. Human beings, at the top of the food chain, will mean water AND food loss to economically poor Homo sapiens!

"Human beings, at the top of the food chain, will mean water AND food loss to economically poor Homo sapiens!"

That is a very important distinction you made, Joan, but unfortunately true.  The poor will unfairly and disproportionately suffer first.

Here's the article from Slate magazine. The before and after photos are incredibly disturbing. I was at Hoover Dam about 3 years ago, and seeing the drop in the water level in just a few years is mind boggling.

Excellent visual image of water losses. I am sharing on Twitter and Facebook. Thanks Pat. 

Amazing place. I did enjoy touring the Hoover Dam. Drove out there from Illinois. Stayed in Las Vegas, which I enjoyed, even though I don't gamble. 

The evidence piles up so fast, that any thinking human being can see there is a huge problem looming in our future. With understanding what is happening and why, planning and projects can reverse the trends and create a new normal. 

There is no reason we should remain silent in the face of this tragedy already happening. We have to confront those who make decisions based on traditions, "We've always done it this way!" to a new paradigm that says, "We have to pay attention to what is happening and make changes in our attitudes!"

Evidence is the last thing the politicians want to consider. I feel it derives from the financial systems which are all about short termism. Quarterly reports and instant gratification. Long term doesn't extend much beyond that and it isn't looking very good when you listen to the 99% of the scientists who have been predicting this kind of scenario for some time.

The worrying thing is have we already reached the tipping point?

Fracking is being proposed in the Karoo desert in South Africa and everybody (politicians and industry) sweep the dangers under the carpet. Although I guess it is easy if you have an income and options which the impoverished don't enjoy when they are promised benefits such as jobs.Whether the benefits materialise remains to be seen.

Mandatory contraception (2 kids per family) would be a good way to start.  Heavy fines for idiots like the Duggars.

Water for fracking. Lawns. Big agriculture. Meat. Toilets.

Where will those people go? I dont want them here with their bigoted politics.

Excellent point! If these practices cannot be controlled, then we lose the very thing that brings life to the planet. It is not only the right of citizens to fight the effects of such policies, it is the responsibility of good citizenship.

By far the biggest sources of water consumption in the United States remains agriculture, which consumes on the order of 32,850 billion gallons of water annually, or more than 243 times more water than fracking for shale gas.

Source: http://theenergycollective.com/jessejenkins/205481/friday-energy-fa...

Meat and particularly beef consumption has a much bigger impact on water consumption.  Also some of the water used in fracking is brackish, not fresh water. Brackish water is OK for fracking, but not for many other uses.

I'm starting to get e-mails about areas that are having water problems, and as a solution they want you to send money. I read them and just throw it away. The problem could be related to global warming, but there is no more and no less water on the earth today. I'm very sure that many are still watering grass and hosing down walkways regardless of any water "shortage" so they need to stop them and arrest them if they are in violation. The real problem is too many people in one area. As this occurs water gets re-directed until they just cannot do it any longer. Money is paid and changes are made to take more water from other areas and the underground water tables become more affected. Drought occurs in areas many miles away from the original problem. Therefore, the solution adds again to the cause.

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