This Drought is Worse Than You Think

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  1. I bet the water trading is a buzz with activity. In Australia our water is under contract to China, our reserves get dumped into the ocean. Luckily we NEVER have droughts here.

  2. Don’t understand why the government doesn’t use all this weather modification technology they have to fix this drought. Seed the clouds etc They been secretly spraying the clouds with aluminum to slow global warming – not sure why this also isn’t on their do to list

    Unless their is some ulterior motive here to cause food and oil prices to increase 🤫

  3. The big issue maybe that the body of water at lower depths (the volume ) is significantly less, kinda like an upside down iceberg with only the tip left .!?
    The ‘rate’ of decline measured in hight above sea level will accelerate under a constant volume drawdown.. imho.

  4. We went through this in Cape Town in 2018…. even after months of severe rationing,.we got to 11 days from Day Zero (no water out of the taps – trucked-in water only at collection points) before the rains came…. I remember weeping with relief as I listened to the dribble of water from the roof running down the pipes and into the tanks – you will never waste water again after you have experienced that…
    One good thing that came from it though, is that most Cape Town households now have tanks and rainwater collection systems in place – we are far more resilient!

  5. Modern Grand Solar Minimum started in December 2019. Will finish up in 2053 with perhaps lingering effects for a few more years. Trough, worst part, 2028 through 2032, may see a severe lack of vegetation globally. Stack it to the rafters folks.

  6. Australians walk around with their heads up their backsides for the most part. They have no idea what's going on and they have been made to fear breathing and constantly bombarded by BS media. They are still pushing vaccines for kids FFS!
    Bought a farm 18 months ago and have goats, cows, sheep, fish and excellent soil, springs and winter river in a high rainfall area. I was considered a tinfoil hat nut job and gave up sharing this channel. Obviously not everyone has the ability to do this but when I was a kid you never saw an Italian garden that wasn't an entire vege patch…..time for people to wake up before it's too late. I have heard that the east coast has seen lettuce prices up to $11 can anyone confirm this?
    Great work Chris and have been following since 2020.

  7. Thanks Chris
    The value of water will be realised when the well has run dry.
    Here in South Africa we learnt that less when Cape Town nearly hit "day zero" just a couple of years ago.
    Perhaps a good point of departure for people living in Phoenix would be to ban watering of all those lush green golf courses? Or would that be asking too much?

  8. One thing that I don’t understand is that it has been admitted by governments that they can indeed control/modify the weather. So why aren’t they having it rain over these reservoirs?

  9. Generating electricity with water is sooo 19th Century. An area with perma-drought should just put in masses of solar PV with grid scale battery storage. Every home could generate their own and have a week's worth of battery storage too (that way the grid storage can be used more for balancing the frequency). That would give the area something new to export (clean energy) – which they can exchange for food (and pump in water cheaply).
    And those lakes and canals that are drying up – they could all be covered in floating solar pv on pontoons. Not only generates electricity but also reduces losses to evaporation.
    Wind and solar pv are the cheapest form of electricity now – why would anyone choose more expensive (unless they already had stranded assets in those water consuming forms of electricity).
    If it all went wind solar battery (wsb) then the price would fall even further due to economies of scale – and then de-salination becomes cheap and pumping that water becomes cheap (you can pump thick tar sand oil across thousands of mile – water is easy by comparison – and if it breaks it doesn't create an environmental disaster)

  10. The flooding in Germnany was caused by a 3 year long drought, as, long periods of dryness render the soil unable to absorb water. That and chopping down trees and hedges and growing mono crops.

  11. The Midwest flood waters should be diverted to the desert southwest. Those floods can cost billions of dollars. It would be a win/win. Use aquaponics for vegetable growing. And drip irrigation.

  12. Graywater is under-employed. So much laundry water could be diverted to areas of home gardens and local orchards, anything that's not root vegetables or leaf lettuces, for example. If more people had home gardens this could allow agricultural land to be used for calorie crops and animal feed, rather than grapes or almonds or peppers. Living out of a non-seasonal supermarket is part of the problem.

  13. We have to slow the water down in all the places it’s a problem, without making it stop. Erosion and fast water are the problem, and the deserts are sick. A proper desert has more vegetation (and edible things) than ours in the SW have now. We have not managed it well. watch greening the desert ideas on YouTube and your ideas about this will grow.

  14. 22:30 is anyone else triggered that they use the land so inefficiently instead of putting the center irrigation systems in a hexagonal close packed pattern?!? Wtf america, even the use of land is inefficient…

  15. As long they deplete the soil from the only compound that can retain
    and protect the soil from drought, namely dead plant/organic matter also
    called mulch.
    The nutrients are naturally transported from the underground by plants
    with deep roots, and obvious, Monocrop culture is a very bad idea.
    YouTube "Link"= "The "Back to Eden" Method of Permaculture Gardening"
    The "Back to Eden" Method of Permaculture Gardening:

  16. After this video i will start counting my canned food. I just wonder Israel was quite succesful planting in the desert, they have not much of a choice,, do they use a different irrigation technique?

  17. Growing corn in desert not great… but you can ‘red-green’ desert with appropriate practices inspired from permaculture. You need to rebuild soil and plant trees. Soil rebuilding involves minimal to no till practices and cover crops all year long. The cover crops should be resistant to drought as much as possible. Goal is to put carbon in soil through the roots, feed fungi and bacteria. If soil is rebuilt, it can hold more water and there is less waste. Most of water lost is not really through plants but through run-offs and evaporation in desert. So soil always need to be covered. Once there is a bit of soil, trees that also do not need too much water or can survive drought can be introduced. This improves the soil carbon intake, ensures water goes deeper in ground. Also has a climate mitigation effect. If there are sufficient trees, they generate compounds that they release in the atmosphere and can serve as seeds to formation of water droplets, I.e. rain. This how rain forest gets so much rain (until it is destroyed by man) . There are examples in the Sahara, I believe in Niger where local initiatives, very low tech have managed some success. A large part of Sahara and North Africa used to be green until tree cutting and over grazing and tiling destroyed the virtuous ecological cycles… large Roman with Roman bathes cities in North Africa, now in a desert. There are many people who have the knowledge. Terrasses on slopes can help. Small dams raising the water table by just a few inches, swells,. Countries like US have both the money and technology to make this large scale provided it is done wisely. Help restore nature and let it do most of the work. Do not force it or try to outsmart it with massive fertilizer, tools and pesticides. Those can help but only punctually, not as the main production mechanism…

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