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Latest #Review of Inevitable Alerts Blogger to #WaterScarcity Problem

Inevitable has gotten another positive review, this time from blogger Alison Baxter of Baxter’s Book Nook.

While reading Nace’s book, I admired his ability to create a dystopian society that, scary as it is to think about, seems realistic. Obviously one hopes that nothing like the circumstances of Inevitable come to pass in the real world, but the most successful dystopian societies created in books are ones where the reader is able to sit back and think “that could actually happen.” Also, where Nace’s writing really shines in the book is in discussion of laws and the balancing of government. I was actually prompted to think about situations in today’s government and society that seem similar to those in Inevitable.

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I finished the book in less than 48 hours, so that has to tell you something. I definitely would recommend this book to others!

Glad you liked it Alison!  Hopefully you are also aware of the real life water scarcity issues the world faces now too.  So, what is the answer to this problem?

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Is India a Model for #WaterScarcity

As we’ve mentioned before, useable water is not distributed evenly throughout the world.  Neither is the world’s population.  But while many countries are already dealing with severe drought and water scarcity problems, India may be the first major country to do so.

A foreign study has warned India about an acute water scarcity by the year 2040 because of a clash of necessities – demand for drinking water and for cooling systems in power generation. Population increase as well as a significant rise in energy requirements is directly expected to lead to such a scenario, the study says.

2040… not that far away.  How India reacts, and how it fails to act, may be a major teaching point for a lot of countries.  Are we paying attention?

UC Davis Reports on a Bit of a Problem

UC-Davis has a report up that should be a little concerning.  

California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has, making it hard for regulators to tell whose supplies should be cut during a drought, University of California researchers reported.

Unfortunately, something too few seem to understand is that water is not infinite.  It is a finite natural resource, and it can run out.  In Inevitable that’s exactly what happens.  How do you think we as a nation, or as a world, will prepare and deal for this coming crisis?  Let’s hear from you in the comments.

National Geographic: Watch the Aquifers

“Nat Geo” has an article up on the pending loss of America’s aquifers, which are an important fresh water resource.  Succinctly put:

Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the western United States and in several dry regions globally, threatening our future.

Inevitable sets out a story of how America will undoubtedly react to this problem, or more accurately fail to react.  Now is the time, but like we see in Inevitable, we have done nothing.  It will take an unmitigated crisis before anyone starts to address the drying Colorado River Basin and the Ogallala Aquifer.  These are being depleted now, but they are not infinite.  Like any natural resource they need to be preserved.

 

WP: West’s historic drought stokes fears of water crisis

The Washington Post reports today on the front page of its news section that the water crisis is starting to scare some people in California.

Now, across California’s vital agricultural belt, nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm. Streams and lakes have long since shriveled up in many parts of the state, and now the aquifers — always a backup source during the region’s periodic droughts — are being pumped away at rates that scientists say are both historic and unsustainable.

When I hear words like “unsustainable” I think back to Inevitable.  What also makes me think of my constitutional thriller novel is the fact that there is apparently zero political response to this problem.  Now is the time, before its too late, but nothing is being done.  California – and the rest of the West – is just crossing its fingers and waiting for rain.  When it doesn’t come, will the government react as they did in the prologue of Inevitable?  Check it out for free at the Kindle store by clicking here and then selecting “Send Sample Now” on the right hand side.

FT: A World Without Water

The Financial Times is running a series of articles devoted to the water scarcity problem, focusing on how water scarcity will affect business.  The focus on business is relevant because energy, medicine, and food production all require water.  And we consider each of these necessities to the individual as well.

Today, the Financial Times is focusing on rising water costs affecting energy production.  

Access to water has become one of the most significant business risks for miners, says a report that also highlights the threat to the sector from rising energy costs in some resource-rich areas.

 

EY, the consultancy, said affordable water and energy should now be viewed as one of the 10 biggest problems for miners. The threat was particularly acute in South America and Africa, it said. These continents are significant in the global supply of many metals, particularly copper.

Click the link for more.  Businesses seem to be ahead of people in realizing that water is not infinite.  Soon something will be rationed.  In Inevitable, by the time these decisions were made it was too late to simply limit water intake.  More had to be done.  

 

Brazil’s Water Crisis could Lead to Rationing

In Inevitable, the federal government has shut the borders, hoarded and rationed life spans to deal with a water shortage crisis.  The LA Times today notes that Brazil – where the largest river in the world runs – could be rationing water soon.

I titled my book for a reason.  This is going to cause serious problems.  It is being ignored now, but not for much longer.