Lack of fresh water for agricultural use and for human consumption is a growing and very serious problem globally–including rich countries. Read this article (Henry Fountain, New York Times, May 24, 2018) for a look at how climate change is affecting rivers in the western United States. The Rio Grande and the Colorado, two major western U.S. rivers, are experiencing significantly reduced flows due to warmer temperatures, longer and more frequent droughts, less snow and less winter precipitation overall, and the need to serve more people. By May, stretches of the Rio Grande had already completely dried up. “Both of these rivers are poster children for what climate change is doing to the Southwest” U.S. These events are not a theory or a future projection, it is happening today. How can we as a society and as individuals mitigate and adapt?
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