Here are a few stories from the past 2 weeks which discuss the potential for a lack of clean drinkable water in the future and rainfall issues relating to crop growth and the Arctic change impacts. Many of these issues validate what Jeanne has seen for our future.
A team from the Institute of Forest Sciences at the University of Freiburg shows that the extraction of ground water for industry and households is increasingly damaging floodplain forests in Europe given the increasing intensity and length of drought periods in the summer.
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. And these changes not only affect the infrastructure, economies and cultures of the Arctic, they have significant impacts elsewhere as well
'Dead zones' could become increasingly common in lakes in future due to climate change, reducing fish numbers and releasing toxic substances into drinking water.
Even if humans radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions soon, important crop-growing regions of the world can expect changes to rainfall patterns by 2040. In fact, some regions are already experiencing new climatic regimes compared with just a generation ago.
I have worried about water for 40 years. I am a worry wort, but before the huge floods out west, I did a Tarot reading and I deduced that we would regret not having enough for water after some catastrophe. Water filters, rain barrels, and cisterns are used in many places. We would be wise to employ these as a matter of course. It would be one level of protection and help the environment.
I hope you'll excuse me for reviving an old thread, but does the group do specific targeting on not-very-tangible subject matters such as water?
Jeanne sees a major drought for the next decade in the great plains when the Ogalalla aquifer dries up (which matches up with what scientists are concerned about right now), with tremendous consequences on our food production capabilities (the US is one of the world's breadbaskets). Will we have another dust bowl? (I'm more concerned about topsoil loss, land degradation, and erosion than the dust storms). Joseph McMoneagle saw water pipelines (like oil pipelines, but with water instead) crisscrossing the american continent mid-century, mostly in the north-south direction (ultimate time machine, p 214, paragraph 2). My guess is they'd pump water from the Great Lakes (where else?) to areas that need it. If I had a few billion dollars, I'd start building those pipelines now to prepare, but I can always dream.
Does anyone see how that affects people's daily lives? I suppose all those swimming pools in the southwest, car washes, or luxuriant green lawns (a folly and one of the most blatant displays of wastefulness in American culture IMHO) won't be part of future suburban landscapes. But what about daily water usage? How does that affect dishwashing, clothes washing, toilet flushing? Will people still be able to shower daily? (Don't laugh, one of the luxuries of the West are those sinks, tubs, and porcelain thrones. I think we owe a lot of our good health to them since their proliferation after ww2). Will bottled water still be a thing? Will homes have individual rainwater collection (and filtration?) systems much like they have air conditioning these days? Or will we go back to having outhouses like in the 1930s?
I'm curious how one would set up a remote viewing target like this. Would you aim for a specific geographic area and a date, then try to visually detect features and activities? Questions, questions, and more questions. I have no answers, just a bit of worry (much like you, FirstCat).
If you read the article Lovendures linked in her post about what is happening in Chennai right now, you can get a glimpse of the future remedies. Rainwater recapture is going to be a thing, e.g., putting rainwater capture mechanisms on rooftops.
Today there is a storyabout a Michigan judge who is shutting down an oil pipeline that runs beneath one of the Great Lakes because it is old and could leak at any moment. Thank god we have judges who can do this. The Great Lakes are the largest fresh water bodies in the world. And it boggle the mind that the Republican Corporate powers are allowed to endanger that water with, of all things, a fossil fuel, the very substance that is threatening the end of civilization.