Before we get to water management, we had some wonderful news for the environment this week, as it was announced: Scientists discover ‘biggest plant on Earth’ off Western Australian coast. The genetic testing determined that this is a single 4,500-year-old seagrass and may have spread over 200 square kilometres, which is the equivalent of 20,000 football fields. Definitely have a read of that!
Another important announcement and we’re only just hearing this, is Vice President Harris Announces Action Plan on Global Water Security and Highlights the Administration’s Work to Build Drought Resilience. This is SO important. We need a global water management team, working out how to make sure every country on earth has access to safe drinking water. If we can keep people where they are, we will have less migration, less wars, and less misery.
But not all people will be able to stay. It’s not all due to mismanagement or corruption – although that is a HUGE part of the problem.
According to this article: more than two billion people today lack access to safely managed drinking water, and nearly half the world’s population lacks access to safely managed sanitation services. An accelerating climate crisis will increase pressure on water resources during this decade, and half the world’s population is expected to face severe water stress by 2030.
Some other environment articles in the section below
‘Don’t work for climate wreckers’ UN chief tells graduates, in push to a renewable energy future
Current policies will bring ‘catastrophic’ climate breakdown, warn former UN leaders
The Observer view on the summits that forecast global environmental dangers
And I found this one really fascinating – take note Southern Hemisphere: Israeli study: Climate change already causing storm levels only expected in 2080.
Published this week, the Israeli study has found that climate change is already causing a “considerable intensification” of winter storms in the Southern Hemisphere to a level not anticipated until 2080.
Comparing previous predictions of human-caused intensification of winter storms in the Southern Hemisphere with current storm observations, it found that the “bleak” reality was far worse than expected.
Why is this important? “One example of this is the role the storms play in regulating the temperature at the Earth’s poles. Winter storms are responsible for the majority of the heat transport away from tropical regions toward the poles…” noting that without their contribution, the average pole temperatures would be about 30°C (54°F) lower.
It finishes with: the current trends pose “a real and significant threat to societies in the Southern Hemisphere in the next decades.”
Some more to read in the environment section
UN Warns of ‘Total Societal Collapse’ Due to Breaching of Planetary Boundaries
Mounting Research Shows It’s Time to Stop Drilling
Life in a ‘degrowth’ economy, and why you might actually enjoy it
And finally, please spend some time with: The six great transitions to regenerate nature, society. Important piece and solution focused.
The six great transitions emerge from backcasting (as opposed to forecasting): asking, what does a future in which we can thrive look like? When we put it that way, the answer seems obvious. We want a future in which we can feel secure in face of crises, where technology connects us in smart ways, where we feel healthy and satisfied, where economic opportunities are fairly shared, where natural resources are used in sustainable ways, and where ecosystems continue to be symbiotic (mutually beneficial).
That all sounds pretty reasonable, yes? The six transitions are:
Transition 1: from degradation to restoration
Transition 2: from depletion to renewal
Transition 3: from disparity to responsibility
Transition 4: from disease to revitalisation
Transition 5: from disconnection to rewiring
Transition 6: from disruption to resilience
Have a read of this article and now it’s time to get stuck into the Weekend Reads.
Friend’s content and mine
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