One drop please

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In December 2014 São Paulo state, the richest and responsible for for aprox 34% of Brazil’s GDP lacked of water for some people, the basic right to satisfy human needs. The lowest record of precipitation was the main cause for such drought.
A couple of months later, in February 2015 São Paulo had a record of rainfall in the region since 1995!

Things have improved since then, but the reservoir system is way below its full capacity.

Consumers have wasteful habits, it is estimated that a resident of the city of São Paulo, consumes roughly 200 liters of water a day, above the 150 liters in much of Europe.

Measures from the government to offer discounted bills for those that reduce their consumption was offered, and fines to punish overuse was established. Until after elections in October 2014, the government kept the rationing unnoticeable.

Businesses such as restaurants used plastic glasses, industry suffered pressure, lights have gone out, internet cuts and agriculture in crisis.
Climate change is denied by the country’s new science minister, Aldo Rebelo, who has declared the environmental movement is “act of GARLIC God”.
The rest of the world thinks otherwise. Global warming sir! Weather patterns disrupted is behind extreme weather events.

The first ever mandatory water restrictions in California was imposed this week. Severe drought is once again mentioned in this post.
An executive order imposed by Jerry Brown– governor, demands a cut of 25% on the states water supply.
According to Richard Cornett, from Western Plant Health Association, California’s agriculture produces a sizable majority of American fruits, vegetables and nuts; 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic (totally unintentional), 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots and the list goes on and on. A lot of this is due to favorable soil and climate.
So far, the reduction is ordered on urban water use, leaving out agricultural industry.
However, according to California Department of Water Resources, California uses less than 0.5 billions of cubic meters to provide water for all San Francisco homes and businesses, while it uses almost 3.5 to produce almonds in California. How efficient do you think Mr.Cornett’s urban-only reduction measure is…?

Another fight against drought, this time in Taiwan. With the lowest rainfall in nearly 70 years, the state has lauched today a cut on water supply for some areas during two days a week for an indefinite period.
Now imagine car-wash business owners, or spa, gyms, and many other changes and economic impacts yet to happen.

A fundamental shift is urgently needed:
Governments need to recognize that there is a relationship between global warming (climate change, air pollution and a rise in greenhouse gases) vs.. drought.
Funnily enough, businesses do not show any concern! PwC’s 18th annual global CEO survey, carried out on early 2015 to coincide with the opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos, failed to even ask 1,322 business leaders about their global warming concerns after only 10% registered concern the previous year.

Collaboration between governments and businesses to mitigate climate change risks need to be effected ASAP!
The poor handling of agricultural water needs to addressed.
We all need to use water more wisely (how is it possible that many still flush the toilet without using recycled water)?

Although, we all have to adapt to the new circumstances, more action from leaders is highly needed. And not just a consumption cut measure here, or an air quality index there (India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced yesterday its first air quality index- while, The World Health Organization published a study with 1,600 cities and found New Delhi had the world’s dirtiest air with an annual average of 153 micrograms of small particulates, known as PM2.5, per cubic metre- need another confirmation before an action plan Mr. Modi?)
Uncomfortable for all, but we will survive until next one.


Global warming represents death sentence for the Great Barrier Reef (AU) – largest World Heritage Area on Earth- each year generating more than $AU2 billion in tourism dollars

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