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reply to post by Rodinus
Yes I figure it kind of has to be. At any and every given time there is a finite quantity of fresh water on earth. Over the past 20 years how much has the bottled water industry grown? How much fresh water is bottled daily and sitting on shelves and warehouses? Many of those water sources were no undoubtedly being tapped by others prior. A good analogy would be like daming a river, imagine I live at the top of a river which flows down and the water is used by 10,000s of people down river from me, but I dam it and bottle all the water, and then sell it to people down river. This drought problem no doubt has other root causes, increase in population is likely one, what used to be a sufficient amount of water for an area of people is now not do to much more people being in an area. Also could just be some novel weather events, or messing with the overall eco system and how weather patterns form.
Water is being rationed to nearly 6 million people living in a total of 142 cities across 11 states in Brazil, the world's leading exporter of soybeans, coffee, orange juice, sugar and beef. Water supply companies told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that the country's reservoirs, rivers and streams are the driest they have been in 20 years. A record heat wave could raise energy prices and damage crops.
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
I was merely positing that the bottled water could be part of the reason why there is less available water that is usually associated with the term drought needed for non drinking purposes. And anyway, what does this drought entail, a population of people not having enough drinking water?
I'd say it's not just a matter of diversion of human potable water for irrigation and livestock, but something worse and perhaps far more cause/effect in Brazil's case. The endless square miles of forest and rain forest (what environmentalists were hot about through the 80's and half of the 90's at least) cleared so they COULD be world suppliers of beef and soybeans was literally part of the lungs to this planet. No kidding they're having regional climate change. They wiped out a measurable % of the high humidity acreage in that region and the region has dried up in serious ways.
Yup.. Sounds related. I hate blaming people for their own problems, but in this case, they did do the deed that likely resulted in the drought. At least part of it, I'd wager.