In a state where water has become an increasingly scarce commodity, a growing number of farmers are betting they can make more money selling their water supplies to thirsty cities and farms to the south than by growing crops.
The shortages this season among the most intense of the last decade are already shooting water prices skyward in many areas, and Los Angeles-area cities are begging for water and coaxing farmers to let their fields go to dust. As supplies dry up, growers pass on farming and sell water
Expect higher food prices as a result. This has more consequences then food however, as some crops take years to develop to maturity:
Near Bakersfield, the shortages are expected to force some almond and pistachio growers to triage which of their nut trees should survive.
I’m hoping all of my trees survive, I’m counting on having something to eat when they come to maturity. We’ve gotten plenty of snow this year, so we’re good for now.
Here’s yet another warning coming true: Climate Change Significantly Worse Then Feared
DAVOS, Switzerland (AFP) – Climate change is occurring far faster than even the worst predictions of the UN’s Nobel Prize-winning scientific panel on climate change foresaw, Al Gore warned Thursday.
New evidence shows “the climate crisis is significantly worse and unfolding more rapidly than those on the pessimistic side of the IPCC projections had warned us,” the former US vice president and climate campaigner told delegates at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos.
There are now forecasts that the North Pole ice cap may disappear entirely during summer months in as little as five years, Gore said.
“This is a planetary emergency. There has never been anything remotely like it in the entire history of human civilisation. We are putting at risk all of human civilisation,” he added.
And yet another prediction now making headlines: Climate Change Will Lead To War Over Water and Food
Climate change will have a long-term impact on the nation’s security as wars break out over food and water supplies around the world, a report said yesterday.
Hundreds of millions of environmental refugees will seek new places to live, with many of them heading for Britain, according to the report for the Oxford Research Group.
The report said that security services would be challenged increasingly by the number of refugees, and the Government would need to consider stronger border controls. Protests against companies that continued to emit greenhouse gases were possible as climate change intensified and they might even provoke riots.
In other parts of the world the pressures caused by global warming, particularly through changes in rainfall patterns and the disappearance of glaciers, would provoke wars over agriculture and water rights.
This article goes on to say:
It was “almost certain” that, by 2050, droughts, food shortages and flooding would lead to the mass movement of up to 200 million environmental refugees, the paper, An Uncertain Future: Law Enforcement, National Security and Climate Change, said.
I disagree with this, as I’ve recently been sharing, the “scientific reticence” fails to (publicly) estimate how fast we are getting screwed over by climate change. Environmental refugees are happening right now, and war over food and water will occur within 5 – 10 years.
I suspect there is an awful lot of hand-wringing going on by governments and elites, who realize that there really isn’t a thing they can do about this without cutting their own throats. Keeping the slaves, I mean connedsumers consuming is where the money is at. The question for them now becomes:
a) how do we keep our profits flowing?
b) what are we going to do with all of these people we can’t feed anymore?
The answer to both questions has already been reached. Efforts by DuPont, Monsanto, Archer-Daniels, Cargill and others have pretty much taken over the global food supply. Water rights have also now extended to rainfall in many areas. So the answer is obvious: those that survive will pay us dearly for this “right”, the rest will die.
What you won’t see is serious efforts in countries like the United States to mitigate climate change. All the US does is rearrange the smoke and mirrors belching pollution into the atmosphere. Dumb-ass ideas like carbon credits will be employed with great fanfare to keep the industrialized and gluttonous nations consuming as fast as ever, while the poor impoverished nations will still be exploited ever worse then before. In other words, business-as-usual. There is NOTHING on the global scene that I have come across yet to indicate that anything has changed. We are accelerating as predicted to the collapse of civilization.
You have been warned – repeatedly. Although this is a very quick summary, there are a ton of links on this blog regarding where this is all headed. Climate change is the global kill shot for humanity and the kleptocrats are going to take full advantage of it.