Water & Drought

Among all the issues connected to climate change, drought is usually at the top of the list for Texans, because they see it firsthand. Below you’ll find a compendium of stories and reports related to drought, its manifestations and its complexities. You’ll find that we’re certainly not alone here in Texas, and you’ll learn from others’ experiences.

Maude Barlow is the winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize and a member of the Texas Drought Project Advisory Board. Her analysis here: http://canadians.org/blog/blue-and-just-future-possible.

There will be worldwide shortages of water sooner than people think: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/may/24/global-majority-water-shortages-two-generations

Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/08/how-water-shortages-lead-food-crises-conflicts

Great Texas water data on reservoir levels (search by region or reservoir, constantly updated):

James Hansen: correct on catastrophic projections For U.S. drought if we don’t act now http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/05/13/483247/james-hansen-is-correct-about-catastrophic-projections-for-us-drought-if-we-dont-act-now/ –by Joe Romm, former asst. dir. of the DOE. Hansen, one of the world’s foremost climatologists, 30-yr. director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, conducted research on the 2011 Texas drought

By 2047 Coldest Years Will Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/10/science/earth/by-2047-coldest-years-will-be-warmer-than-hottest-in-past.html?_r=0 This peer-reviewed study from U-Hawaiit/Manoa calculated that by 2047, the average temperatures in each year will be hotter across of the planet than at any of those locations 1860 and 2005

Global majority faces water shortages within two generations
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/24/global-majority-water-shortages-two generations Most of the Earth’s population will face severe pressure on fresh water supplies within two generations. Causes– climate change, pollution and over-use of resources, say 500 scientists

Roger Baker: Can Austin Survive the Current Texas Drought
http://www.theragblog.com/tag/texas-drought-series/ A look at the climate science that warns that Austin faces serious water supply problems, and the roles played by transportation planning and suburban sprawl

Great Texas water data on reservoir levels:
http://www.waterdatafortexas.org/reservoirs/statewide Search by region or reservoir

Great Lakes Going Dry http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/28/3193301/climate-change-draining-great-lakes/ The Great Lakes contain 1/5 of the world’s above-ground fresh water supply, but are increasingly more sand and less water

Rethinking Big Water
Is it time for a new approach to municipal water infrastructure?

Leading Scientists Explain How Climate Change is Worsening California’s Epic Drought http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/31/3223791/climate-change-california-drought/
Scientists have long predicted that climate change would lead to ever-worsening droughts, and now Dr. James Hansen connects the dots