Tag Archives: Water Scarcity

Politico Reports: Water Drought Affects CA Food Supply

Politico’s front page story on its newspaper today reported on the effect the California drought is having on the food industry there:

Thanks to the historic drought in California, prices may spike for the specialty rice used in the popular Japanese dish. Production of the rice, which is grown primarily in the Golden State, is expected to drop by 25 percent this year.

California — and the Sacramento Valley in particular — is the nation’s primary source for the high-quality short- and medium-grain rice used in sushi and is a major supplier of the rice for other countries, too. But the state’s 2,500 rice growers this year planted just 420,000 acres, about a quarter fewer than usual, because farmers weren’t allowed to use water for more, according to the California Rice Commission.

A theme on these news stories is that at first glance you may chuckle.  But, look closer.  The water drought is affecting the price and availability of food for one of the largest economies in the world – the State of California.  Nothing funny about that.  Its time to start taking the water crisis seriously or the future will look a lot like Inevitable where food and water rationing are only a prerequisite to the imposition of term limits on life.

#RubbleBucketChallenge? “Why?” You say…

We previously mentioned how the Ice Bucket Challenge was raising awareness of water scarcity issues.  However, we can add a great attempt to do the same.  Check out the RubbleBucketChallenge brought to you on Facebook by a poster in Gaza:

In Gaza we don’t have water and when we have water, we can’t make it ice since the electricity is off most of the time. So my cousin Hafiz, My nephew Khalid and I used remains of a destroyed house to participate in this challenge.. I am not nominating anyone for this challenge but I am asking you all to show solidarity with Palestinians and to participate in this challenge..
Thank you in advance

Gaza is just one of many locations dealing with a water crisis.  War is enough to put any country in this position, with drastic effects on its citizens.

I wrote Inevitable to raise awareness of this problem, but this Facebook post may do more than any book I could write.

#WorldWaterWeek Starts Sunday

World Water Week opens up this Sunday in Stockholm, Sweden.  You can get details by going to www.worldwaterweek.org.

Some estimates say as many as 800 million people do not have sufficient access to water.  That number will not decrease on its own.  There needs to be an effort towards sustainability, and preservation of water for the world, or soon there will only be so many actions that will have any impact.  What could those be?  What happens when there isn’t enough water to go around for energy, medicine, agriculture, livestock, not to mention human consumption?  You tell me in the comments.

#WorldWaterWeek Starts Sunday

World Water Week opens up this Sunday in Stockholm, Sweden.  You can get details by going to www.worldwaterweek.org.

Some estimates say as many as 800 million people do not have sufficient access to water.  That number will not decrease on its own.  There needs to be an effort towards sustainability, and preservation of water for the world, or soon there will only be so many actions that will have any impact.  What could those be?  What happens when there isn’t enough water to go around for energy, medicine, agriculture, livestock, not to mention human consumption?  You tell me in the comments.

#IceBucketChallenge Exposes #WaterScarcity Realities

I’m all for the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.  Well, I’m all for raising money to combat the terrible disease known as ALS.  But now the Ice Bucket Challenge should also be raising awareness of the water crisis we all face now, particularly in a small town in Scotland:

The water supply to the Inner Hebridean island, with a population of around 135 people was automatically switched off at least five times over the weekend after more than 100 residents took the ice plunge over their heads. The water supply had to be manually switched back on again to allow its residents access to H20.

Water is a natural resource with a limited end.  We all need to figure out how to manage it.  This type of problem isn’t just in small town in Scotland though.  We have seen these crises pop up in Toledo and California lately.  We all need water.  We all need to preserve it.

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?

Get your copy of Inevitable today by clicking here or here for mobile.

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?