Water Conservation Education and Global Fresh Water Supply

Educating Leaders, Applied Science, Fresh Water Supply and Water Conservation in China

On September 26, 2011, Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio talk show, interviewed DeWayne Cecil, PhD, Western Region Climate Services Director for NOAA. They discussed alarming trends in the global fresh water supply, educating global leaders on the subject, the need for applied science, and fresh water supply and water conservation in China

The interview may be heard on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network, Apple iTunes, sponsored by Nature’s Tears EyeMist.

Dr. Cecil talked about projects through the Western Region Climate Services Department to educate Western Governors on the water supply crisis. His office also initiates and supports programs to educate teachers and to attract the next generation of applied science professionals and Earth science professionals.

Dr. Cecil has concluded that Earth’s climate is changing and is undergoing a warming and drying trend that is creating dry air and global fresh water shortages. Mrs. Kleyne believes that fresh water and dry air are the most important issues connected with global climate change.

Dr. Cecil suggests that the biggest problem is a rapidly growing Earth population competing for a fixed global water supply. Sharon Kleyne agreed, noting that the Earth’s human population grew by 1,481,350 in the past week and is now 6,964,550,515 (As of November 15, it had passed the seven billion mark). Earth’s population is expected to reach nine billion by 2050.

According to Dr. Cecil, Earth’s fixed fresh water supply can support a half-billion people in a “Western Style” lifestyle. It certainly can’t support seven billion.

The United States and China, Dr. Cecil explained, are about equal in land area. China has about four times the population (300 million versus 1.3 billion).

China has 200 cities with populations over a million. The US has nine (New York, Los Angles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego and Dallas).

China has no water policy and no energy policy. Most of its major rivers are badly polluted and not a viable fresh water supply source. Most of China’s fresh water is in the south.

Dr. Cecil believes that fresh water supply issues can be resolved in both the United States and China. He believes that humans are much better at reacting to crises than planning for a crisis.

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Weather Extremes Increasing With Climate Change

Aiguo Dai, PhD (Boulder, CO), National Center for Atmospheric Research. “Is climate change about to catch up to us?”

Dr. Dai, an Atmospheric Scientist, became interested in climate change when he moved to the US from China in 1990. He believes that climate is a global issue affecting nearly everyone.

Sharon Kleyne observed that climate is always changing and asked about the role of water in climate change. According to Dr. Dai, Earth’s climate had been relatively stable for the last 10,000 years (Earth is four billion years old) but weather has been more active over the last 200 years, with rapid warming and changing atmospheric streams. Some wildlife species have been unable to adapt. It is unclear how much, if any, is human caused.

Mrs. Kleyne notes that we must live with Earth no matter what and that in general, humans are not good at this.

Dr. Dai notes that river flow volume is decreasing in many regions worldwide, creating water stress among most living organisms. With population growth, demand for fresh water is simultaneously increasing, particularly for drinking and agriculture.

Mrs. Kleyne believes that the solution is to educate the public about the needs for conservation and for human activities that are less environmentally damaging. Dr. Dai adds that the consequences of doing nothing are extremely dire and that the situation will not improve on its own. We must change our consumption habits, and we must store and conserve water.

Sharon Kleyne then asked Dr. Dai about the Yellow River in China. It is extremely polluted, often toxic and prone to immense flooding (for the last thousand miles, it flows between natural levees, at an elevation higher than the surrounding plain). It also feeds an extremely fertile region. Water flow in the Yellow River has been diminishing for 200 years. These problems are both human caused and natural.

Sharon wondered how China influences the rest of the world and if we in the US can help in any way. Dr. Dai noted that change in China is very slow and that they are beginning to ship water from the Yangtze, in the south, and to dig deeper water wells. He is an advocate of wind farms for power. There is much drift of China’s polluted air to countries such as South Korea and Japan who have much stricter air quality standards.

Sharon noted that draught can contribute to air temperature, and to air and water pollution. Drought effect the amount of humidity in the air and the surface temperature of lakes and oceans, which affect the rate of evaporation. Theoretically, the cycle is self-correcting, since more evaporation means more rain.

Some polluted water may be OK for irrigation but not for drinking.

Conclusion: The United States has been fortunate in its weather for the past 50 years. That may change in the next 10 to 20 years as energy extremes. created by the increased weather activity, express themselves.