Water Peril; Water Hope

16 Mar

courtesy Google Images

courtesy Google Images

James Famiglietti, a leading hydrologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, wrote a recent article in Nature Climate Change entitled, “The global groundwater crisis”.  In that article, he warns that, based on satellite imagery analysis, “most of the major aquifers in the world’s arid and semi-arid zones, are experiencing rapid rates of groundwater depletion.”

Worse, “nearly all of these aquifers underlie the word’s great agricultural regions and are primarily responsible for their high productivity.


“These water-deficient agricultural regions include California which, based on satellite image data, has less than one year of water remaining :

“Data from NASA satellites show that the total amount of water stored in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins – that is, all of the snow, river and reservoir water, water in soils and groundwater combined – was 34 million acre-feet below normal in 2014. That loss is nearly 1.5 times the capacity of Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir.

“California been dropping more than 12 million acre-feet of total water yearly since 2011. Roughly two-thirds of these losses are attributable to groundwater pumping for agricultural irrigation in the Central Valley. Farmers have little choice but to pump more groundwater during droughts, especially when their surface water allocations have been slashed 80% to 100%. But these pumping rates are excessive and unsustainable.

California has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing.

There is no contingency plan.

•  According to an A.D. 2013 article in Slate magazine entitled “The C-free Diet”:

“California produces a sizable majority of many American fruits, vegetables, and nuts: 99 percent of artichokes, 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots (and the list goes on and on). Some of this is due to climate and soil.

“No other state, or even a combination of states, can match California’s output per acre. Lemon yields in California, for example, are more than 50 percent higher than in Arizona. California spinach yield per acre is 60% higher than the national average. Without California, supply of all these products in the United States and abroad would dip, and in the first few years, a few might be nearly impossible to find. Orchard-based products in particular, such as nuts and some fruits, would take many years to spring back.”

•  The implications are obvious.  If California runs out of water next year, the domestic supplies of many fruits and vegetables will probably diminish.  The prices of fruits and vegetables will probably rise.

Food shortages are possible.

Food riots are unlikely in the near term, but within a year or three, conceivable.

If we have a year before California runs out of water, it might be a good idea to use this year as an opportunity to establish your own garden or aqua-culture operation.


•  But, here’s an extraordinary video that deals with much the same problem:  global desertification.   As you can see from the video, much of the world may be turning into desert.  For production may therefore wane, contributing to starvation and violence.

But–as the speaker (Alan Savory) in this video explains, all is not lost.  In fact, the solution to many instances of desertification may be to increase grazing on lands that have become arid.  Sound nuts?  Take the time to view the video.  The speaker makes me proud to be a member of mankind.  He’s doing something good.

video   00:22:19


Posted by on March 16, 2015 in Economic collapse, Food, Video


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8 responses to “Water Peril; Water Hope

  1. Bruce

    March 16, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Any discussion of the California Drought situation that doesn’t mention Geoengineering and manipulation of the Jet Stream is severely deficient. See videos at The HAARP Report YouTube Channel: SBX Haarp Prevents Snowpack in Sierras, PROOF, on 12 03 2014 –

  2. Dejure1

    March 16, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Perhaps unfairly, I tend to question the credibility of any so called “expert” who refers to “fossil” fuel. The earth is a giant nuclear reactor, and oil is a replenishing resource…… produces “a-biotic” oil.

    This global water shortage is all about geo-engineering……….Is it possible that elitists are in the shadows and financing the manipulation of weather to create man-made water shortages? This process stresses the financial capability of people to sustain profitable farming and ranching operations. They fail in their business, and the very people that are behind the manipulation go in and buy up the land for pennies on the dollar. Then “WELLAH!!!”…..they turn the water back on, and the new owners become prosperous farmers and ranchers.

    Sounds crazy. Got a better explanation?

  3. Pesky Nat

    March 17, 2015 at 1:21 AM

    See Deeteronomy 28, beginning with verse 15, Curses for Disobedience.

  4. Dennis Naanes

    March 17, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Is Allan Savory a Cloned AL GORE ?

    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 03:09:37 +0000 To:

    • Cody

      March 17, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      I see not agreement between Al Gore and Allan Savory. Al Gore has never apologized for his lunacy.

  5. Anthony Clifton

    March 17, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    trifecta : Sun & Moon & Stars….{signs}

    see also “living water”

    and “DERISION”…Psalm 2:4

    wear green, & REMEMBER St. Patrick

  6. MPK

    March 17, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Climate Change is a cycle, throwing money at it will not stop a cycle, but help the UN towards its agenda, the Climate Change was high lighted by Al Gore who is not a scientist and he gets a Nobel prize for starting a lie on false claims that its all to man. Shows the masses are idiots, the Greens are wankers, and the Governments don’t like truth because its not to their advantage. The Bible warns of these times to come and so far its correct and happening one after the other.

    You can not convince an atheists that reads nothing, knows nothing, sees nothing, hears nothing, does nothing, that is good for the many, but only good for himself, and to hell with anyone else, they become like dogs barking up the wrong tree and piss on all others but his tree. Self centered, selfish and stupid to the end.

    How can you fight ignorance? You cant. Man is at the end of his rope, and its around his neck. Remember evolutionist believe they come from monkeys, it shows to them that they are an animal, and what do you do when there are to many of the same animal destroying the eco system, you cull them back by what ever means that you have at your disposal.

    So the UN has in its head to kill as many human animals as possible, as fast as possible, so you don’t solve the problem of the world poor, or of the starving, or of the worlds disease’s, you lie and suck as much money as you can from as many nations as you can, and you do nothing to solve the world problems, and for over 60 years the United nations has archived to do just that.

    Maybe the UN should give its self a Nobel Prize for getting away with Mass Murder on a world stage and doing a better job than Hitler did in world war 2 in culling humanity and allowing wars to escalate and multiply more than at any time in history.

    Its not United Nations but United Nuts in global power and nations are feeding the UN beast for over 60 years to destroy them. How blind, how stupid are the people now looking against the facts and the truth of today.

    But why believe a scientist that reads the facts, dummies know more and understand better, they have the logic and the limited intelligence, and wisdom to understand, or do they? but then its not your concern, why should you know, your selfish, you don’t care, so what, have an other beer and let the lyres do what has to be done!

    Ok do the world a favor’ save them the trouble, GO KILL YOUR SELF’ its for the few (The UN are the few) to live after all its part of the UN agenda to eliminate the many that are causing climate change.

    For humans you do act like animals in your thinking. You can see their point of view though their eyes, when your not ignorant of the facts and know their false truth being forced.

    If you tell a lie big enough and say it long enough people will believe it. Hitler knew this, and all Politian’s know this as well.

  7. dog-move

    March 18, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Jeremiah 2:13– For my people have committed two crimes; they have abandoned me, the fountain of living water, and dug water tanks for them.selves, cracked water tanks that hold no water.
    2:18 What is the good of going to Egypt ( Banking House of Egypt, Esau, Rothschild ) now to drink the water out of the Nile? What is the good of going to Assyria to drink the water out of the River.
    We as a people and a nation have lived beyond the River and served other gods, dead fictions.
    Joshua 23:2 The Federal Reserve god of fictional entity.


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