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Originally posted by DeadFlagBlues
reply to post by pepsi78
Precipitation isn't an absolute cycle, though. It doesn't carry and release the same amount of water every time in the very same place.
Originally posted by AlexofSkye
So where do you figure the water is going, if there's a shortage? Siphoned off to Mars?
No, the same quantity of water still exists, as it always has. (In fact, the supply is constantly being added to, via volcanic eruptions). Its just a matter of distribution, and the global climate takes care of that. Climate is a very dynamic and variable thing. There are some parts of the world that are chronically short of water (the great deserts), and others where it is constantly wet (coastal Washington/British Columbia comes to mind), and others where they go through cycles of drought (Spain, US/Canadian prairies. Its just the weather, man.
The most visible evidence of how dry the 1930s became was the dust storm. Tons of topsoil were blown off barren fields and carried in storm clouds for hundreds of miles. Technically, the driest region of the Plains – southeastern Colorado, southwest Kansas and the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas – became known as the Dust Bowl, and many dust storms started there. But the entire region, and eventually the entire country, was affected.
Tennessee Town Has Run Out of Water
The severe drought tightening like a vise across the Southeast has threatened the water supply of cities large and small, sending politicians scrambling for solutions. But Orme, about 40 miles west of Chattanooga and 150 miles northwest of Atlanta, is a town where the worst-case scenario has already come to pass: The water has run out.
Climate change: Europe's most arid country battles desertification
When the world's paramount experts on global warming gather in Spain next week, they will not have to travel far to witness the impact of rising temperatures.
Around a seventh of Spain is at high risk of desertification, according to CIDE's estimates.
Those areas most at risk are the Canary Islands, where 57 percent of the territory is threatened, and two eastern provinces on the Spanish mainland, Valencia (29 percent) and Murcia (37 percent).
The United Nations estimates that six percent of the territory of Spain, the most arid country in Europe, has already been irreversibly damaged. The environmental group Greenpeace believes Spain's climate has begun to "Africanise".
New Delhi, Nov 15 - Tens of thousands of people in the Indian capital went without potable water for the third day Thursday after two water treatment plans were shut down by the authorities.
The crisis has mainly hit the western and northern parts of the city, with harried residents complaining that the administration had failed to provide them water tankers.
83,000 thirsty for drinking water in Hunan
Changsha - About 83,000 people in central China's Hunan Province are facing drinking water shortages as drought has been plaguing the area for months.
As of Friday, 83,000 people in 31 counties in the province and 40,000 heads of livestock had been affected by water shortage, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.
The drought also affected 400,000 hectares of cropland and dried up more than 1,500 reservoirs.
Water shortages are likely to be trigger for wars, says UN chief Ban Ki Moon
A struggle by nations to secure sources of clean water will be “potent fuel” for war, the first Asia-Pacific Water Summit heard yesterday.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, told delegates from across the region that the planet faced a water crisis that was especially troubling for Asia.
High population growth, rising consumption, pollution and poor water management posed significant threats, he said, adding that climate change was also making “a bad situation worse”.
Schwarzenegger declares drought in CaliforniaSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a statewide drought after two years of below-average rainfall, low snowmelt runoff and a court-ordered restriction on water transfers.
Schwarzenegger warned that residents and water managers must immediately cut their water use or face the possibility of rationing next year if there is another dry winter.
Water crisis to be biggest world risk
A catastrophic water shortage could prove an even bigger threat to mankind this century than soaring food prices and the relentless exhaustion of energy reserves, according to a panel of global experts at the Goldman Sachs "Top Five Risks" conference.
Nicholas (Lord) Stern, author of the Government's Stern Review on the economics of climate change, warned that underground aquifers could run dry at the same time as melting glaciers play havoc with fresh supplies of usable water.