Global Water Scarcity: Combating Drought

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Americans, and especially Californians, have had a big dose of severe drought this year. Though it hit the state hard, farmers were the most affected. They continue to worry about the threat the water shortage poses to their multi-million dollar almond, kiwi and walnut crops.

The answer has been to irrigate crops with water that is pumped up from underground stores. The problem is that so many farmers are digging so fast and pumping so much water, that the aquifer levels are in danger of depletion. That puts the agriculture industry ultimately at risk. On this hour of America Abroad, we travel to different parts of the world to hear how unrestrained drilling threatens groundwater supplies, but also how some have found solutions by working together.

Comments [1]

It's a deep curiosity of prospering economies... that you also need to ask "Is 'saving water' by using it more efficiently, saving any water"??

The quite general rule is that whatever resource is in short supply when you use it more efficiently, it results in so much growing use of all the other resources that were being held back, that it may very well, at least globally, INCREASE the demand for the scarce resource you were trying to conserve.

That's what "growth" invariably does, anyway, direct resources to relieving bottlenecks to expand the whole system demand for goods and services at the maximum rate people can find how to do... It's actually 130 year old sound economic science that's confirmed every time when you ask the question about how the economy as a whole responds to local efficiencies. Can you discover who first proved it? A great scientist of the time, who's been socially unpopular for pointing out the simple truth ever since.

Jul. 26 2014 06:43 AM

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