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  •  Fresh water is life. (2+ / 0-)
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    homo neurotic, cordgrass

    The most imminent threat from climate change is the change in fresh water distribution.

    This is the elephant in the room.  Nearly our entire civilization is built around the planet's current water distribution.  We live our lives near fresh water.  Our power plants are built on or near bodies of fresh water.  Our power plants are dependent upon a copious supply of water to create steam to turn turbines to create electricity.  Hydroelectric plants depend on a constant supply of precipitation and run of.

    If the distribution of water changes significantly, not only our drinking water supply will be affected but our ability to create electricity will be in jeopardy.

    This is the argument that needs to be made.  There are already significant changes happening to our planet's water distribution.

    Mountain snow pack has been decreasing and drought has become almost a norm.

    Predicting the effects of global warming is almost impossible because we don't have any significant historical data with which to make an educated prediction.

    But even I can predict what will happen if global warming causes significant and lasting changes to precipitation patterns and the fresh water supply.

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      radical simplicity, cordgrass

      is very, very resonant with me.

      i do have a bias, having spent a bit of time in water resources, but our inattention to maintaining water quality, in combination with these all-but-certain water quantity and distribution challengs (which, let's make no mistake, are clearly out of our control) bode ill.

      my pet go-to indictment of the perversity of our economic system may be summed up by the likes of nestle et al who have the temerity to grab water and make us pay two bucks for a (plastic, natch) bottle of the stuff

      "i hear you're mad about brubeck ... i like your eyes. i like him too." -donald fagen

      by homo neurotic on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 06:45:23 PM PST

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      •  In Concord, MA, our new ban on selling single- (2+ / 0-)
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        cordgrass, homo neurotic

        serving plastic bottled water just went into effect.  The stores stopped selling it, and -- though a few water-industry and libertarian types are threatening to fight back -- it's seemingly going well

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