The French president has complained about the pace of the bad news. “We’re competing with the monster of events,” he told the Financial Times, in a mixture of frustration and helplessness.
Emanuel Macron thought mainly of the corona virus. His complaint preceded the climatic dizziness of the past two months. Tracking it requires a catalog. It’s hard to think of any place north of the equator that this dizziness did not command (summer in the northern hemisphere). A week ago, the New York Times announced in a headline, almost self-deprecatingly, that “climate change has reached rich countries.”
It was at the weekend that floods sank parts of Germany and the Low Countries, part of a weather phenomenon that meteorologists said did not look like it “for a thousand years”. But the language of this voyage had to be replaced shortly afterwards at the sound of an even more sailing characterization by Chinese meteorologists. The floods, which hit Henan province in central China and cut off a city of five million from the outside world, were part of a “once in 5,000 years” weather phenomenon, they said.
A leaf through the newspaper pages of recent weeks brings us face to face with dramatic photographs:
● Fields are drying up in California, in the “worst drought since the 1970s.”
● Subway passengers in Jeju in central China: The water first reached their waists, then rose to chest height, finally covering their necks. The passengers called the rescue services. One woman called her parents, giving them her bank account number. Others sobbed. Some choked, or fainted. After two hours, they had difficulty breathing. “
● Fire-eating in an area inhabited by California, during an “unprecedented heat wave” (which brought the mercury to 50 degrees in the south of the state).
New York Times 17.7.21
● “By any calculation, the fires in the western United States are getting worse. They are expanding, their speed of expansion is increasing and they are reaching unprecedented heights, climbing mountains that moisture and cold have previously protected. “
● “Fire is so intense that it itself creates weather.”
● Flammable smoke billows in Canada and the western United States this week covered the entire width of the continent, created a haze on the east coast, and prompted authorities to issue health warnings, thousands of miles from the scene of the fire.
● A woman claps her hands in Frankfurt under the headline “Heavy rains will be even heavier in the future”.
● “The land of frost is burning, Siberia is shaking: in the far northeast of Russia, people are accustomed to arctic temperatures. But an entirely different matter is 38 degrees, day after day.”
● Incidentally in a devastating drought and an unprecedented heat wave in southwestern Iran, oil-rich protesters marched in the streets chanting, “We want water, only water, we have no water.” Their hashtag was “I’m thirsty!”. Authorities fired, just in case.
Marathi Daily 23.7.21
“I’m thirsty, do not shoot”
The water crisis is not just a crisis of thirst, but first and foremost a crisis of water economy management. In Khuzestan, which is inhabited by members of the Arab minority, there is enough water. It is part of what the ancients called the “fertile rainbow,” the cradle of the most glorious ancient civilizations. 10,000 square kilometers of its land are suitable for cultivation. It provides agricultural crops to the population centers of the north during the winter. Rivers cross it along its length and breadth, as can be learned from this link.
The Islamic Revolution, like other revolutions in other countries, is not content with changing human nature. She wants to change nature itself. The waters of Khuzestan were thus driven to the thirsty cities of the north. Hussein was also blessed with deep swamp areas. Little by little the swamps have been emptied in favor of drilling towers, because blessed Khuzestan is also blessed with most of Iran’s oil.
The government in Tehran has thrown ecological considerations to the winds. It did what the Soviets did to Baikal and the Pinsk swamps, what Saddam Hussein did to the Iraqi side of the Hussein swamps, and what Israel did to the sick, albeit on a smaller scale.
Flowering the desert? for what?
Attempts by the modern state to deceive nature are written on the Book of Chronicles of the Climate Crisis. The Americans built huge dams on their rivers, to flower a desert, especially in the southwestern United States, that no human foot should have stepped on. The famous desert cities are Las Vegas, Reno, Phoenix, Tucson, Salt Lake City; and many cities and towns in Southern California that face Now with 45 degrees in the summer (50 this year) and with the most severe drought in 45 years.
Last week, occupancy in California’s largest water reservoir fell by up to 35%; Occupancy in the second largest reservoir stood at 28%. Photos from the US Space Agency show that the banks of the reservoirs were green only two years ago. Now they are brown. By the end of the summer, the levels are about to drop to their lowest level ever. “The sponge is dry,” a researcher from the California Water Policy Center was quoted as saying by the Los Angeles Times.
This newspaper, the largest on the U.S. West Coast, has in recent weeks become a daily newspaper of the climate crisis.
According to the California Government Department of Water Resources, the ground was so dry at the beginning of the hot season that the melting snow was absorbed into it before it reached its main destination: streams that connect to rivers. 5,000 fires have already been consumed by 570 square kilometers of vegetation. In mid-July, the first giant inflammation of the season raged, burning 400 square kilometers. Since the rains usually start only in December, it is quite clear that we would only see the tip of the glacier, if only there was some glacier. What a pity California cannot do the Dubai act, and create artificial rain.
The current drought in California now compares to that of 1976. The difference is that then there were 15 million fewer people living in the state.
“Water Risk,” according to Barclays
A report by Barclays Bank, published in June, deals with the impact of water problems on the balance sheets of companies traded on the stock exchange. It shows that 58 of them reported “water risk” in 2020, compared to 41 in 2019. These are mainly food, beverage and consumer goods companies. According to Barclays, water risks will cost these companies $ 200 billion. If they manage to limit water consumption, that amount will be reduced to 11 billion.
But it is interesting to find that the key to the companies that are vulnerable to injury includes manufacturers of medical equipment, clothing, and even the Lyft transportation app. The full Barclays report can be found here.
Reducing consumption is of course a key to alleviating distress. In the state of Utah, which is almost entirely deserted, an interesting attempt is now taking place, which may become the norm throughout the thirsty West of the United States: a small town called Oakley froze any new connection to its water system. . The city has given up on a substantial expansion of its tax base
Utah is in a drought, and only half of its reservoirs are full. Its population has grown by 20% in the last ten years, the fastest growing in any U.S. state. Indeed, Americans are drawn to the desert. It’s time for the desert to refuse them.
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