Climate change will be the end of humanity.
Weather is getting extreme due to:
•Green House Gasses
•Warmer Air in Oceans and Mountains
•Vaporized Water = Humidity
•Heat in air = Rain & Snow
•Heat in Water = Storms & Hurricanes
•Heat on land = Drought.
Climate change: world wide security threat to humankind.
Simplified Water Cycle:
Massive water loss on earth:
1) Evaporated water vanishes once it dries off.
2) Vaporized water turns into liquid.
3) Once water falls in the ocean and is no longer drinkable.
4) most of drinkable water comes from glaciers that melt into rivers.
Air pollution is everywhere in the planet.
Plant and factories contaminate our oxygen.
Laws are not always implemented.
Global Warming Effects on Agriculture
Americans eat 3 times more meet than other countries.
156 hamburgers per person per year.
Cows use 30% of our land.
Meet contains a lot of water.
Cows eat too much and continuously.
Cows produce toxic gas to humans.
Las Vegas & The Hoover Dam/Lake Mead
The bathtub ring:
The Las Vegas metropolitan area draws 90
percent of its water supply from Lake Mead
Visible at the top of the Hoover Dam, this ‘bathtub ring’
shows the devastating effects of a drought which has seen the
level of Lake Mead drop to an historic low.
The lake’s surface now sits at
the lowest point at it has been since it started
being filled in the early 1930s when the
dam was finished at only 1000ft.
Worst Case Scenario Lake Mead
drops down to 895 feet above sea level.
At that point, water would simply cease to
flow through to the Hoover Dam.
The third straw
Nevada Water Authority is frantically drilling
the “Third Straw” under Lake Mead at a cost of
$850 million, racing to get its water out of the
lake before it’s too busy.
The pipeline won’t draw more water from the
lake than before, or make the surface level drop
any faster. But it will keep taps flowing in Las
Vegas homes and casinos even if drought-stricken
Lake Mead drops to its lowest levels
They also took measures with their residents to
prevent water use. The hotels now use recycled water.
Due to lack of rain, California has seen four years of drought.
The agricultural sector faces $1.84 billion in losses,
coupled with approximately 10,100 seasonal jobs.
Many Californians expect El Nino to solve all of the
droughts problems but in fact it may do more harm than
good because the terrain is now ill-equipped to handle
Bottled Water is Wasteful
Plastic water bottles take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and about 80% of all single-use water bottles in the U.S. become “litter.”
1 out of every 5 bottles are put in the recycle bin
U.S. landfills are overflowing with 2 million tons of discarded bottles.
It takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to meet the demand of U.S. water bottle manufacturing.
About 3 liters of water is used to package 1 liter of bottled water.
The distance from Fiji to San Francisco is 8,700 km. Each bottle will have a mass of 1.025kg each. So, 81g of fossil fuels, 720g of water and 153g of Greenhouse Gases per bottle are used to deliver these bottles from Fiji to the U.S.
The manufacture and transport of one kilogram bottle of Fiji water consumed 7.1 gallons of water, one litre of fossil fuel and emitted 1.2 pounds of greenhouse gases.
Nearly seven times as much water is used to make it than you actually end up drinking.
The Lack of Clean Water
Today, nearly 1 in 9 people don’t have access to clean, safe water. Yet, we take it for granted, we waste it and we even pay too much to drink it from plastic bottles.
Over ⅓ of the worlds population has no access to sanitation facilities.
At any time, half of the worlds hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-borne diseases.
1 out of every 4 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to water-related disease.
Water Usage in animal agriculture
At what cost to the planet is the
high consumption of meat and dairy
in the developed world?
Animal agriculture industry uses 34 trillion gallons of
water per year > most water intensive human activity water
used for growing grain to feed 70 billion farm animals raised
for human consumption