Day Zero: Climate Change and Water Usage

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Unless it rains a lot between now and then, April 16th will be Day Zero in Cape Town, the day the taps are turned off for 75% of the city. The reason? Climate-changed induced changes to rainfall patterns mean that the reservoir system will have fallen to 13.5% of capacity. Already, water levels are extremely low.

Normally, the rich would be able to avoid the worst of the consequences by having boreholes drilled on their property, but there are now waiting lists of a year to get this done.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/03/day-zero-cape-town-turns-off-taps

Meanwhile, there's a winter heatwave in the South West US, bringing record temperatures to parts of Southern California less than a year since the last drought emergency in that state was declared over.

https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2018/01/30/winter-heat-wave-bakes-southwest-bringing-renewed-worries-severe-drought/1076059001/

This is the future, and it's here already. Einstein once famously said 'I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.' Is it fair to say that both will be fought over water?
 


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Unless it rains a lot between now and then, April 16th will be Day Zero in Cape Town, the day the taps are turned off for 75% of the city. The reason? Climate-changed induced changes to rainfall patterns mean that the reservoir system will have fallen to 13.5% of capacity. Already, water levels are extremely low.

Normally, the rich would be able to avoid the worst of the consequences by having boreholes drilled on their property, but there are now waiting lists of a year to get this done.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/03/day-zero-cape-town-turns-off-taps

Meanwhile, there's a winter heatwave in the South West US, bringing record temperatures to parts of Southern California less than a year since the last drought emergency in that state was declared over.

https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2018/01/30/winter-heat-wave-bakes-southwest-bringing-renewed-worries-severe-drought/1076059001/

This is the future, and it's here already. Einstein once famously said 'I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.' Is it fair to say that both will be fought over water?

We better upgrade the martello towers so!
 

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Fake News... climate change is a myth and even if it wasn't it definitely wouldn't be contributed to by mankind...

And the Earth is flat too don't you know?

I'd say travel bookings to Cape Town will be plummeting big time which will only accelerate the demise...

And if the rains continue to stay away in time it could become an abandoned city where Hollywood movie makers can then go to shoot movies of dystopian futures etc.
 

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Unless it rains a lot between now and then, April 16th will be Day Zero in Cape Town, the day the taps are turned off for 75% of the city. The reason? Climate-changed induced changes to rainfall patterns mean that the reservoir system will have fallen to 13.5% of capacity. Already, water levels are extremely low.

Normally, the rich would be able to avoid the worst of the consequences by having boreholes drilled on their property, but there are now waiting lists of a year to get this done.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/03/day-zero-cape-town-turns-off-taps

Meanwhile, there's a winter heatwave in the South West US, bringing record temperatures to parts of Southern California less than a year since the last drought emergency in that state was declared over.

https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2018/01/30/winter-heat-wave-bakes-southwest-bringing-renewed-worries-severe-drought/1076059001/

This is the future, and it's here already. Einstein once famously said 'I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.' Is it fair to say that both will be fought over water?
Breaking: it's hot in the Sahara desert.

So what?
 

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... in time it could become an abandoned city where Hollywood movie makers can then go to shoot movies of dystopian futures etc.
Why would they bother when they may very well be able to do exactly the same thing in LA?
 

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Breaking: it's hot in the Sahara desert.

So what?
It was snowing in the Sahara recently enough...

Regardless it's long term trends that are important and they're all telling a tragic story...

F*** it... if you've been alive for a few decades and you haven't been living under a rock and you've observed the weather around you it's obvious to all but the thickest eejits that things are changing and that they're not changing for the better in many respects...
 

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Assuming this chart is reasonably correct you have a growing city which at a guess is letting its infrastructure go to hell. while there might be climate issues don't underestimate incompetence

 

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It was snowing in the Sahara recently enough...

Regardless it's long term trends that are important and they're all telling a tragic story...

F*** it... if you've been alive for a few decades and you haven't been living under a rock and you've observed the weather around you it's obvious to all but the thickest eejits that things are changing and that they're not changing for the better in many respects...
Never mind Rasher - he's had a fair bit of practice at denying reality.
 

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Assuming this chart is reasonably correct you have a growing city which at a guess is letting its infrastructure go to hell. while there might be climate issues don't underestimate incompetence

Perhaps a contributing factor... but the real reason is that they've had a 3 year drought... :roll:
 

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Unless it rains a lot between now and then, April 16th will be Day Zero in Cape Town, the day the taps are turned off for 75% of the city. The reason? Climate-changed induced changes to rainfall patterns mean that the reservoir system will have fallen to 13.5% of capacity. Already, water levels are extremely low.

Normally, the rich would be able to avoid the worst of the consequences by having boreholes drilled on their property, but there are now waiting lists of a year to get this done.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/03/day-zero-cape-town-turns-off-taps

Meanwhile, there's a winter heatwave in the South West US, bringing record temperatures to parts of Southern California less than a year since the last drought emergency in that state was declared over.

https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2018/01/30/winter-heat-wave-bakes-southwest-bringing-renewed-worries-severe-drought/1076059001/

This is the future, and it's here already. Einstein once famously said 'I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.' Is it fair to say that both will be fought over water?
Alarmist horseshït.
 

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Unless it rains a lot between now and then, April 16th will be Day Zero in Cape Town, the day the taps are turned off for 75% of the city. The reason? Climate-changed induced changes to rainfall patterns mean that the reservoir system will have fallen to 13.5% of capacity. Already, water levels are extremely low.
Reason? Gross mismanagement of the water system, allied with massive population growth.

Rainfall at dam holding over half Cape Town's water supply. Drought, yes. Climate change no:






Population and water demand trends. Population has exploded. Little new supply has been added. Demand has increasingly been confronted by this paucity in new capacity - leading to constrained supply and then shortage when a regular and completely natural drought hits:







Go fúck off with your spruiking.
 

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I see half my Ignore list have landed.
 

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You know we are closer to the Sahara than cape town is don't you?
Yes, we're the same distance we've been for the last 5,000 years, it was a desert then and it's a desert now.
 

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Fake News... climate change is a myth and even if it wasn't it definitely wouldn't be contributed to by mankind...

And the Earth is flat too don't you know?

I'd say travel bookings to Cape Town will be plummeting big time which will only accelerate the demise...

And if the rains continue to stay away in time it could become an abandoned city where Hollywood movie makers can then go to shoot movies of dystopian futures etc.
Denial is a fascinating topic, from a psychological point of view. It goes through a cycle, like grief.

First, stick your fingers in your ears and pretend nothing's happening.
Second, say that even if it is happening, we can't know why.
Third, claim that it's always happened anyway.
Fourth, welcome the change; sure we could do with a bit more sunshine, anyway.
Finally, appeal to apathy; sure, it's too late to do anything anyway.

If it weren't so sad, it'd be laughable.
 


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