The Stream, March 13: One Year of Water in California’s Reservoirs

The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

California‘s reservoirs have only one year’s supply of water left, while Russia‘s Lake Baikal is at a record low and infected with algae. A number of people have died as a result of flooding in Angola. Suez Environnement will bring 40 of their global brands under one name, and one of Jupiter‘s moons could contain more water than earth.

“Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing. California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one (let alone a 20-plus-year mega-drought), except, apparently, staying in emergency mode and praying for rain.” — Jay Famiglietti, NASA scientist, on the California drought. (LA Times)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

One year’s worth – water supply currently left in California’s reservoirs. According to NASA Scientist Jay Famiglietti, that plus a rapidly declining groundwater table is a recipe for disaster. LA Times

40 – number of global brands that will be brought under the name of their parent company, Suez Environnement, in conjunction with a new marketing plan. Suez Environnement’s major services include water and waste water treatment, waste management and recycling. Bloomberg Business


Science, Studies, And Reports

Jupiter’s mood Ganymede is home to a salty ocean that could contain more water than is on all of earth, according to NASA. Just yesterday, Circle of Blue’s ‘The Daily Stream’ reported on Saturn’s moon Encedalus, which also contains an ocean – this one with a temperature of at least 90 degrees celsius (194 degrees fahrenheit). Scientific American

On the Radar

On The Radar

62 people, including 35 children, have been killed in floods in Lobito, Angola. Angola has been hit with heavy rains since January, and just this week, 137 houses were destroyed by the rains in the capital city of Luanda. BBC

Not only is the water level of Lake Baikal at a record low, most of it’s shores are now covered with a rotting algae called spirogyra. The algae feeds on sewage discharge from local resorts, and also threatens a native sponge that provides natural filtration for the Lake’s waters. Ria Novosti

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  1. Skip Ragsdale says:

    All this drought and flooding and there are still non-believers that there is human caused climate change. I am just glad I do not work for the State of Florida. There you cannot even mutter the words “Climate Change”. How stupid humans are when we stick our heads in the Florida sand and shout “there is no such thing as climate change, there is no — Wake up people of Earth! We are no longer able to depend upon Mother Nature to take care of us. She cannot keep cleaning up after us without our help. Nor can she sustain us at the level she has in the past without us doing our part.

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