Oldspeak: “The study’s authors say excessive abstraction of groundwater for irrigation – part of the wider virtual water trade – is leading to rapid depletion of aquifers in key food-producing regions, including north-western India, the North China Plain, central US, and California.
Our research shows that unless both consumers and producers agree to adopt strategies that maximise the long-term sustainability of water use, most of the world’s population risks seeing increased food prices or disrupted food supply. Our work shows where trade flows are contributing to the unsustainable, and ultimately potentially dangerous, use of water resources. The use of non-renewable water in one place can put food supply in distant regions at risk…”
Annnnd, we’re still running out of freshwater worldwide. Largely due to our toxic and unsustainable food & energy production practices. No real discussion of strategies for degrowth or significant conservation. Those options would require industrial civilization to produce less stuff. We know that in really existing capitalist democracy (kleptorcracy really.) that’s not an option. Hence, no more water in geologically short order. Drink UP! ” -OSJ
By Alex Kirby @ Climate News Network: