A Looming Crisis — Climate Change and Our Water Supply

A detailed analysis of U.S. state-by-state preparation for climate change has shown that many states are unprepared for the challenges that lie ahead involving the impact a change in climate will have on our water supply. Some of the water-related impacts include warmer water temperatures, a rise in sea level, more frequent storms, and a more intense rainfall as a result of those storms, according to http://westernfarmpress.com.

These results come from a Natural Resources Defense Council state-by-state analysis of water readiness, which was released in early April 2012. Some of the key findings from the analysis include:

  • The majority of states, 29 (about 60%), have done nothing or very little to prepare for any type of water-related impacts from climate change.
  • Six states have done nothing to address or alleviate pollution in the face of climate change.
  • On the other hand, only six states out of the 36 facing a challenge with their water supply due to climate change have implemented any comprehensive adaptation plans.
  • Out of the nine states that have taken any significant steps toward preparing for water related climate change, four of those seem to have slowed, or even stalled, in their preparedness.
  • Nine out of every 10 states can expect an increase in severe to intense storm events and an increase in flooding.

With research pointing more and more to the reality of future global climate change, and in light of new ways to combat such change, states, businesses and individuals must adapt to what amounts to a new way of living. Some actions that states can take to curtail or reduce a climate change impact are:

  • Cut power plant emissions, as well as vehicle emissions.
  • Increase investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • Evaluate potential climate change impacts to determine vulnerabilities.
  • Prioritize, develop and support the implementation of a comprehensive adaptation plan geared toward addressing climate change and its impact.
  • Monitor the plan once in place and update as needed.

For more information about climate change and its affect on water supplies, visit: http://westernfarmpress.com/management/us-not-prepared-growing-water-crisis?page=1