NASA Warns That World’s Aquifers Are Drying Up

Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne Calls Attention to NASA Water Crisis Findings. Sharon Kleyne Says UN Must Do More Than It Is Doing About Water Crisis.

Sharon Kleyne, like water advocates everywhere, is happy to see NASA weigh in on the world’s water crisis with its advanced research and technology, but the actual findings are disturbing. “NASA’s findings,” said Kleyne, “underscore the need for more education about water and the process of water evaporation and for the United Nations do more about the world’s water crisis than just talk and spend grant money.”

According to NASA satellite data, twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers “have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study period.” Unfortunately, researchers concluded that this is a global problem that appears to be getting worse, not better. In fact, 15 of the aquifers were categorized as critical. Reporting on the study, Todd C. Frankel wrote that “Scientists had long suspected that humans were taxing the world’s underground water supply, but the NASA data was the first detailed assessment to demonstrate that major aquifers were indeed struggling to keep pace with demands from agriculture, growing populations and industries such as mining.”

“The situation is quite critical,” said Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and principal investigator of the University of California Irvine-led studies. Aquifers supply 35% of the water used by humans and that percentage spikes in times of drought. For instance, during California’s drought, aquifer water use climbed to 60 percent. “The water table is dropping all over the world,” Famiglietti said. “There’s not an infinite supply of water.” Famiglietti went on to say that our problems with ground water are made worse by global warming. People who live in the mid-range latitudes pump more water out of aquifers to deal with dry conditions. Once that water is pumped from the ground, evaporates and gets recirculated to areas farther north and south.

Scientists also say that steps to reverse this situation may be too little, too late. They point to California where the Central Valley aquifer is the most troubled aquifer in the U.S. It’s being drained to irrigate farm fields. The state passed is first extensive groundwater regulations in 2014, but t could take two decades before the new law takes full effect. By then, the aquifer may be empty.

Such dire forecasts urge Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, and others to call on the UN to become much more proactive about water education and research. “The UN also needs to get into the fields and do something about all of the lost groundwater that is running off to the oceans,” said Kleyne. Kleyne knows that replenishing an aquifer is a slow process, sometimes taking thousands of years. “We have to start now,” said Kleyne, “or we will soon be dry.” Kleyne also calls for new, advanced water technology to make use of recently discovered, untapped aquifers in Africa and deep under California’s Central Valley.


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NASA/NOAA Climatologist Says Global Water Resources Disaster Can Be Averted

Retired NOAA/NASA Climatologist L. DeWayne Cecil, PhD, Discusses Global Water Politics on Sharon Kleyne Hour Radio Show

If management of Earth’s water resources continues on its present path, the results could be disastrous reports retired NOAA and NASA Climatologist L. DeWayne Cecil, PhD, The terrible effects of diminishing water resources and global drought, according to Dr, Cecil, are already seen in Yemen and Somalia. California, Nevada and Arizona may not be far behind, creating a grim world of chronic, widespread water scarcity. Fortunately, Dr. Cecil also believes that there may be reasons for optimism.

Dr. Cecil made his remarks on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show, where he is a frequent guest. Dr. Cecil is currently employed by Global Science and Technology of Ashville, North Carolina

Sharon Kleyne, host of the globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water show, is Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, a fresh water, atmospheric and health research and product development center. Natures Tears EyeMist is the Research Center’s global signature product for dry eyes. The show is broadcast on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel, Health and Wellness Channel, and Apple iTunes.

The main causes of water shortages, Dr. Cecil believes, tend to be more political and economic than environmental. Political causes can include greedy or impoverished governments unwilling or unable to spend money on water infrastructure; unscrupulous leaders who use water as a weapon of control; and water shortages as justification to attack other countries. Poor water infrastructure is the most frequent economic cause. In the United States, water shortages may result from governments not willing to work together and from shortsightedness in planning for the future of water resources.

Dr. Cecil and Sharon Kleyne both emphasize that without water, life on Earth could not survive. Dr. Cecil noted that the resolution of human conflict regarding water is made more difficult because chronic physical dehydration from drinking too little water can cause an increase in stress, aggression and anger. Abundant water and good nutrition has the opposite effect.

Dr. Cecil cited that Salt Lake Valley in Utah as an area struggling with water resource allocation. Projections are that by 2035, the snow pack in the adjacent Wasatch Mountains will decrease by one-third while the valley population will double. Meanwhile, according to Cecil, annual drought in the United States, which used to be confined to the arid West (California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Texas), now includes Colorado, Georgia and Alabama.

Under the George W. Bush administration, Dr. Cecil noted, an attempt was made to discover ways to counteract the global water crisis through engineering – building more dams and pipelines. Barak Obama places a greater emphasis on conservation. Under his approach, if using a beneficial resource, such as a river, is discovered to be harmful to the environment, rather than seek ways to mitigate the harm, they would simply make it illegal to use the resource.

Such an approach is of little benefit to people in Somalia, for example, which lacks basic water, food, shelter, clothing, medical care and sanitation.

The places to start in solving the global water resources problem, according to Dr. Cecil and Sharon Kleyne, are: (1) Population control. (2) The use of technology to increase the amount of available fresh water on the globe. (3) Making fresh water a basic human right available to everyone at no cost.

The reason for Dr Cecil’s is that a few places in the world with chronic water shortages have solved their problem. The densely populated island nation of Singapore is the best example. Despite recent extend drought, Singapore has not cut back on its water allotments.

Dr. Cecil and Sharon Kleyne believe that if properly and innovatively managed, with people working together, there should be enough water for everyone. Despite the current drought in many parts of the globe, according to Cecil and Kleyne, humans on Earth n Earth have the ability and knowledge right now to avoid a global water disaster.

The question is, will the people in charge act in time or will they bicker and drag their heels until it’s too late?

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