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Some of the World's Biggest Lakes Are Drying Up. Here's Why.

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Warming climates, drought, and overuse are draining crucial water sources, threatening habitats and culturesRead full story

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  • Mat Kaliski
    Mat KaliskiVC at Rubicon Venture Capital

    Long, but absolutely fascinating article on the effects of global warming on lakes. Changing weather patterns due to global warming are in some cases eradicating entire societies, forcing mass migration in pursuit of new lands and opportunities. Water is becoming a major factor in certain parts of Central Asia and the Middle East, further stroking violence as societies clash over access to water.

    "In sheer numbers those fleeing “natural” calamities have outnumbered those fleeing war and conflict

    Long, but absolutely fascinating article on the effects of global warming on lakes. Changing weather patterns due to global warming are in some cases eradicating entire societies, forcing mass migration in pursuit of new lands and opportunities. Water is becoming a major factor in certain parts of Central Asia and the Middle East, further stroking violence as societies clash over access to water.

    "In sheer numbers those fleeing “natural” calamities have outnumbered those fleeing war and conflict for decades. Still, these figures do not include people forced to abandon their homelands because of drought or gradual environmental degradation; almost two and a half billion people live in areas where human demand for water exceeds the supply. Globally the likelihood of being uprooted from one’s home has increased 60 percent compared with 40 years ago because of the combination of rapid climate change and growing populations moving into more vulnerable areas."

  • Ian Myers
    Ian MyersFounder at Country House Enterprises

    This article points to one of the key issues driving many in developed countries to adopt apathetic views toward climate change.

    We are so far removed from the process of fishing, farming and feeding, that the impact of these shifts seems distant. If there is an issue from drought or flooding, the supply chain is adjusted long before it gets to stores and our daily lives remain unchanged.

    In New York, most of the complaints about life alterations from climate change have to do with the shortening

    This article points to one of the key issues driving many in developed countries to adopt apathetic views toward climate change.

    We are so far removed from the process of fishing, farming and feeding, that the impact of these shifts seems distant. If there is an issue from drought or flooding, the supply chain is adjusted long before it gets to stores and our daily lives remain unchanged.

    In New York, most of the complaints about life alterations from climate change have to do with the shortening ski season. A minor inconvenience in the scheme of things.

    But, make no mistake, the problems we read about will not always be just headlines. The first place we will be hit? Rapid price increases in coffee, chocolate, avocados, etc. Maybe then people will pay more attention.

  • Derrick Henderson
    Derrick HendersonWH Consulting Agency, LLC

    During the late 1990s and early 2000s climate change was a fore-thought only taken seriously by a small percentage of society. But now as the perilous effects of global-warming permeate through the world, it is no longer viewed as being radical. Entire villages and ecosystems have been eradicated because water outlets like Lake Poopo were the source of fish and other resources. Society needs to become aware of this growing problem to prevent a present-day “Tragedy of the Commons.”

    According to the

    During the late 1990s and early 2000s climate change was a fore-thought only taken seriously by a small percentage of society. But now as the perilous effects of global-warming permeate through the world, it is no longer viewed as being radical. Entire villages and ecosystems have been eradicated because water outlets like Lake Poopo were the source of fish and other resources. Society needs to become aware of this growing problem to prevent a present-day “Tragedy of the Commons.”

    According to the article, “We live in an era of the most forced migration since the Second World War,” says William Lacy Swing, director general of the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration. “This time, though, in addition to war, climate is looming as a major driver. We are going to need to support those who are ravaged by climate change so they can migrate with dignity.” This is why countries need to become more sensitive to immigration because many people move out of need.

  • Ramin  Beheshti
    Ramin Beheshti CTO at Dow Jones

    Fascinating (and long) article about the real effects of climate change and human mismanagement

  • Freya Williams
    Freya Williams CEO futerra USA

    As a species we are failing to acknowledge the straits we’re in. Think about the logical conclusion of this trend. We can and must radically up the pace on climate action.

  • Yusuke Umeda
    Yusuke UmedaFounder and CEO at Uzabase

    Freya is also highly recommending to read NYT story.

    “Highly recommend this excellent piece of reporting by The NY Times on the impacts of climate change-related sea level rise and land loss in coastal Louisiana.”

    LEFT TO LOUISIANA’S TIDES, A VILLAGE FIGHTS FOR TIME

    https://newspicks.us/news/602641/

  • john carver
    john carver

    I once listened to a speech by a retired military officer at a parade. He speculated that the third world war would be fought over water.

    People do desperate things when they are in need, and a resource like water becoming a shortage is sure to cause a bit of chaos.

    This is definitely a situation to keep an eye on, but I don't see any way of doing anything about it this late in the game, except to begin to make our changes and deal with what may be the catastrophic consequences of late action.

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