Water, drought, flooding

Sandra Lindberg, System Change Not Climate Change, June 5, 2019
Midwest flooding of agricultural land

As a member of System Change Not Climate Change, this morning I received links to a couple of YouTube videos about stresses on 2019 crop production. Produced by climate scientist Paul Beckwith, the videos portray the world as teetering on the brink of a profound food shortage. Like so many articles and videos these days, Beckwith’s videos suggest that we’ll all be starving come September.

Ragina Johnson and Nicole Colson, Socialist Worker, October 23, 2017

THE DEADLIEST wildfires in the state's history ripped through large areas in Northern California this month, terrorizing residents, causing mass evacuations, and leaving behind catastrophic destruction.

Vidhi Doshi, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/08/01/59000-farmer-suicides-in-india-over-three-decades-may-be-linked-to-, August 2, 2017

Every year, thousands of Indian farmers commit suicide. Now one researcher thinks it may have something to do with climate change.

Tamma Carleton, a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, compared almost five decades worth of suicide and climate data and concluded that temperature variations in India may have “a strong influence” on suicide rates during the growing season.

Konrad Steffen, Understanding Climate Change, May 12, 2017

The Melting of Greenland: Prof Konrad Steffen (March 2017)

Dr. Vandana Shiva, GMWatch, April 28, 2016

Intensification of drought, floods and cyclones is one of the predictable impacts of climate change and climate instability. The failure of monsoon in India and the consequent drought, has impacted two thirds of India, especially the bread basket of India’s fertile gangetic plains. Bihar has had a 43% rainfall deficit, Jharkhand 47%, Uttar Pradesh 64%, Haryana 61%, Punjab 26%, Himachal Pradesh 63%, Uttarakhand 42%.

Adam Tomes, Counterfire, January 19, 2016

Mike Gonzalez and Marianella Yanes, The Last Drop: The Politics of Water (Pluto Press 2015), xii, 202pp.

Joanna Walters, The Guardian, December 17, 2015

The city of Flint, Michigan, has declared a state of emergency over contaminated water supplies amid calls for a criminal investigation, the resignation of the state governor and a class action lawsuit that could top $1bn.

Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, November 28, 2015

On a day when the skies were ashen from the smoke of distant wildfires, Chase Hurley kept his eyes trained on the slower-moving disaster at ground level: collapsing levees, buckling irrigation canals, water rising up over bridges and sloshing over roads.

This is the hidden disaster of California’s drought. So much water has been pumped out of the ground that vast areas of the Central Valley are sinking, destroying millions of dollars in infrastructure in the gradual collapse.

Tom Lawson, occupy.com, October 18, 2015

Private companies have been working to make a profit from water since the 1600s, when the first water companies were established in England and Wales. The first wave of water privatization occurred in the 1800s, and by the mid- to late-19th century, privately owned water utilities were common in Europe, the United States and Latin America, and began to appear in Africa and Asia.


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