http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2012/05/unsustainable-water-use-threatens.htmlUnsustainable water use threatens agriculture, business, and populations in China, India, Pakistan, South Africa, and U.S.: global study
he viability of water supplies throughout key regions of China, India, Pakistan, South Africa and the US are under threat from unsustainable domestic, agricultural, and industrial demands, according to a new study that maps water use down to 10km² worldwide.
The growth economies of China and India, and the world’s largest economy USA are identified by risk analysis company Maplecroft, in its newly released Water Stress Index, as having vast geographical regions and sector areas where unsustainable water use is outstripping supply. Maplecroft states that the situation so serious, it has the potential to limit economic growth by constraining business activities, as well as hampering agricultural outputs. Resulting reductions in crop harvests in these countries will also negatively impact local food supplies and global food prices, while the socio-economic impacts of water shortages, especially in India and China, have the potential to create unrest and affect stability, as populations and business compete for dwindling supplies.
Note that most of the top 10 countries in extreme risk of water shortage are also major oil and gas exporters. As they reach peak export (and many are already there or near there), they will not only to buy food for their greatly exploded populations, but even supplying them with water will become impossible.
This will not end well.
Meanwhile, the drought monitor update for this week is out:http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
Not much change from last week. Things are a bit less severe in west Texas and a couple other places. VT is now no longer abnormally dry. Things are getting a bit worse in GA. This should be the time of year when a lot of place get recharged with rain. But pretty much every state still has some area that is at least abnormally dry.
Note that pretty much all of the west south of Oregon/Idaho/Wyoming is in or slipping into long-term drought. This is not likely to ever change. We are into the great drying, which will likely only get more and more intense. The southwest and southeast seem to be the ground zero for this change in the US.
Anyone know what the current situation in Mexico is?