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Fluoridation Toxicity ~ Stop the deceit

MAIN IMAGEMERCOLA “Fluoride robs you of your health while thought to be helpful.”, quote from Dr. Mercola’s web site with reference to the following article  ‘Water Fluoridation: The “Healthy” Practice That Has    Deceived the World’ by Paul Connett, PhD, Director of the V, as it appears on mercola.com, Dec. 09, 2014.

Story at-a-glance
Since 2010, over 165 communities worldwide have either ended  fluoridation or rejected new proposals.
Pro-fluoridation “authorities” have no science to back their      exaggerated claims of benefits or their denials of potential dangers.
 OSTEOSARCOMATwo important Harvard studies have linked fluoride to   osteosarcoma and reductions in IQ.

 

As this is an extensive article I will be using excerpts only and will provide a link to the full article at the end.
…Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA) — continue the outdated and discredited practice of water fluoridation, but in each of these citadels, more and more communities are finding out the truth…Since 2010, over 165 communities worldwide have either ended fluoridation or rejected new proposals (e.g. Portland, Oregon). In 2012, Queensland lifted mandatory fluoridation. In August 2014, Israel banned fluoridation completely.In Sept 2014, a major law firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of Peel (Ontario) citizens claiming that fluoridation is illegal under a Supreme Court ruling from the 1950s, and on Oct 7, 2014 Dublin City Council joined many other Irish councils calling on the Irish government to end mandatory fluoridation…They continue to wheel out “prestigious authorities” to endorse the practice, even while it is becoming more and more obvious – and more and more embarrassing – that these “authorities” have no science to back their exaggerated claims of benefits or their denials of potential dangers…Indeed, these endorsements are sounding more and more like the empty phrases of the “Hollow Men” struggling in a “dry cellar” in T.S. Elliot’s famous poem of the same name.

FLIERTHE AMERICAN HOLLOW MEN ~
So who are these hollow men and why are they wrong and horribly misleading?…In the US, Dr. Jeffrey S. Flier, Dean of DONOFFHarvard Medical School and Dr. Bruce Donoff, Dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. On March 22, 2014, these Harvard deans, wrote the following letter to avid fluoridation propagandist Dr. Myron Allukian (Massachusetts), which has since been given wide distribution by fluoridation promoters.  Allukian almost certainly ALLUKIANsought this letter in order to quell concerns generated by two important Harvard studies: a) the osteosarcoma study by Bassin et al., 2006 and b) the meta-analysis of 27 IQ studies by Choi et al., 2012.
“Dear Dr. Allukian:
As Deans of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, we continue to support community water fluoridation as an effective and safe public health measure for people of all ages…
RESPONSE: Like anyone else, these Deans are entitled to their opinion but neither has published any study related in any way to the work of Bassin et al. (2006) or Choi et al. (2012), nor for that matter on any health issue relating to fluoridation.
So here, we see a fairly naked attempt by Allukian to trump serious scientific studies simply using opinions and endorsements rather than valid scientific evidence.

The following youtube video, “10 Facts About Fluoride”, published Apr 8, 2013  will probably shock you to hear the facts – not rumours, suppositions or theories – nothing but the facts!  

 

Attorney Michael Connett summarizes 10 basic facts about fluoride that should be considered in any discussion about whether to fluoridate water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX0s-4AyWfI#t=392

To download the flyer that accompanies this video, visit: http://www.fluoridealert.org/uploads/….
To watch Michael debate two advocates of fluoridation, see: http://www.wpsu.org/conversationslive….

THE ‘HOLLOW MEN’ OF NEW ZEALAND” ~
GLUCKMAN In NZ, Sir Peter Gluckman, chief scientific advisor to the Prime Minster of New Zealand and Sir David SkeggSKEGG (President of the Royal Society of New Zealand). In August 2014, in response to a number of local communities voting out water fluoridation in NZ, Gluckman and Skegg published a review titled the “Health Effects of Water Fluoridation: a Review of the Scientific Evidence.” A press report can be viewed on FLUORIDE ACTION NETWORKFluorideAlert.org’s website.1  As far as the science is concerned, this review is inaccurate, selective, and superficial. However, because of the prestige of the authors and the positions they hold, this is likely to be very influential with the NZ media, which are equally inaccurate, selective, and superficial on this issue….
RESPONSE:  It should be incredibly embarrassing for both the NZ Prime Minister and the Royal Society of New Zealand to have their names associated with such an inaccurate and biased summary of the literature on fluoride’s impact on children’s intellectual development.

THE ‘HOLLOW MEN’ OF IRELAND ~

JUNE NUNN   KINIRONS CROP   WALSH RIGHT TO CROP   GANNON
In Ireland, Prof June Nunn, Dean, School of Dental Science, Trinity College Dublin; Prof Martin Kinirons, Dean, School of Dental Science, Cork University Dental School and Hospital; Dr. John Walsh, Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; and Dr. Peter Gannon, President, Irish Dental Association. In a letter to the Irish Times (Oct 6, 2014), probably anticipating the vote by Dublin City Council calling on the Irish government to end fluoridation (Oct 7, 2014), these dentists wrote:

“Sir, – Ireland has a considerable history of water fluoridation. It is 50 years since fluoridation of the water supplies began in this country. Time for the considerable advantages in terms of improvements in oral health to be demonstrated and, in parallel, time during which there has been no documented medical side-effects of water fluoridation…

RESPONSE:  

    1. These authors very deceptively claim that in 50 years since fluoridation began in Ireland, “there has been no documented medical side-effects of water fluoridation,” without pointing out that in these 50 years there have been no health studies conducted in Ireland! The absence of study is not the same as the absence of harm.
    2. They compound this false impression when they say that “No other health-promoting measure has been exposed to such scrutiny” and again when they claim that the measure is without side effects “over decades of vigilance.”
    3. Their claims about Gluckman and Skegg’s NZ review (discussed above) and the ADA endorsement in the following excerpt is both self-serving and somewhat incestuous since it is one group of fluoridation promoters citing the “opinion” of other fluoridation promoters:

ROYAL SOCIETY“We note that the most recently published expert peer-reviewed analysis by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds ‘there are no adverse effects of any significance arising from fluoridation at the levels used in New Zealand’ (ie levels higher than in Ireland). ‘In particular, no effects on brain development, cancer risk or metabolic risk have been substantiated.’ The American Dental Association ‘unreservedly endorses the fluoridation of community water supplies as safe, effective and necessary in preventing tooth decay.’”

In Conclusion…

Many members of the public and the media will probably have to wait until a lawsuit before these “Hollow Men” are exposed. When they have to testify on what they actually know – based on the primary scientific literature – rather on what they believe, it should become clear to all and sundry that their authority on this matter is very hollow indeed.
FLUORIDE AWARENESS WEEKThis week we launch Fluoride Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to ending the practice of fluoridation.

There’s no doubt about it: fluoride should not be ingested.

EPAEven scientists from the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory have NEUROTOXICITYclassified fluoride as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.” Furthermore, according to the Centers for DiseaseCDC Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 percent of American adolescents now have dental fluorosis—unattractive discoloration and mottling FLUORISIS OF TEETHof the teeth that indicate overexposure to fluoride.

LOWERS IQClearly, children are being overexposed, and their health and development put in jeopardy. Why?

The only real solution is to stop the archaic practice of water fluoridation in the first place. Fortunately, the Fluoride Action Network has a game plan to END water fluoridation worldwide. Clean pure water is a prerequisite to optimal health. Industrial chemicals, drugs, and other toxic additives really have no place in our water supplies. So, please, protect your drinking water and support the fluoride-free movement by making a tax-deductible donation to the Fluoride Action Network today.

mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/12/09/fluoridation-hollow-men.aspx
The ultimate solution is to petition local government – urging the removal of fluoride altogether from the water supply. However, until this happens, each household is responsible for their own water purification and safety. This requires a water filtration system that specifically targets fluoride, such as reverse osmosis (see our video below). 

Here is Martin’s YouTube video explaining the benefits of our Rainsoft Reverse Osmosis drinking water system.

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Dogs/Cats React To First Snowstorm – so-o-o cute!

Perfect timing for ViralNova’s December 9,2014 post, as we just received our first major snowstorm of the season here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

These 15 Animals Playing In Snow For The First Time Will Melt Your Heart, initially posted to boredpanda 10 days ago by Viktorija G. The comments for each photo are from ViralNova.

Newborn animals come with a number of first experiences. The first time you bring them home. The first time you catch them chewing on your shoes. Even the first time your heart melts after they snuggle beside you. But for all these firsts, there’s one that stands above all the others: the first time they play in snow.

This Polar Bear pup just got a dose of home.

 
 

That’s one chilly kitty.

 
 
 

Wait…I can’t even see you!

 

“It’s COLD…COLD…COLD!”

 
 

“Mom, it’s stuck in my ear…”

“Don’t tell mom…”

I bet you’re re-thinking that long coat.

He may be 8 years old, but he plays like a pup.

 

Yummmm, that’s the good stuff.

 

“What IS this?!”

 

“I don’t wanna come in! I’m still PLAYIN!”

 

“I swear I left a toy under here.”

 

His first snowfall feels just right.

 

Yup…cats hate snow, too.

 

“Grrrrrrr…….I’m not liking this whole ‘snow’ thing.”

These adorable animals are a reminder to keep your eyes open and experience the world with a child-like enthusiasm when that big Nor’easter arrives. After all, you can always have just as much fun as these adorable creatures!

Lucky for us, some lovely people had their cameras on hand when these 15 adorable animals had their first snow encounters. The results are beautiful scenes of wintry magic!

http://www.boredpanda.com/animals-playing-in-snow/?afterlogin=savevote&post=123993&score=1

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Tank's First Blizzard :)Tank’s First Blizzard :)

WATER DROPLET1_FOR BLOG ICONGreat photos – great inspiration to get outside for winter sports or activities in the snow with your own four-legged friends.  Have a great weekend everyone.

 

Arctic/Antarctic Photography ~ Exceptional!!!

“The Fragile Beauty of Earth’s Polar Regions” was posted to discovermagazine’s web site Fri. Oct. 31, 2014.

Our planet’s most extreme environments are also some of its most threatened. 

CAMILLEPhotographer Camille Seaman first traveled to the Arctic in 1999. Between 2003 and 2011, she visited the Arctic and Antarctic on a yearly basis, ranging from one pole to the other as an expedition photographer aboard science vessels and commercial ships.
In her new book Melting Away, Seaman collects the photographs and essays that resulted from this exploration of our increasingly fragile polar regions. Here are some of our favorites:
RUNNING TO SEE

Running to See
Of this photo, taken on the Ross Sea in Antarctica, Camille writes:
“I watched the penguins travel across the ice for hours. They would waddle and fall, waddle and slide, and little by little they came all the way over to see our massive ship wedged in the sea ice. They looked at us by turning their heads first to the left, then to the right. After thirty minutes of them looking at us and us looking at them, the penguins decided they still didn’t know what we were or why we were there. They turned around and began their long journey back to their home.”

WHALEWhale Remains
This beach in Svalbard, Norway, was used by whalers since the early 1600s. The large whale vertebra in the foreground is evidence of their activities, which ended in the 1930s.

SUNSETPainterly Sunset
This photo, taken in the Antarctic Sound, put Camille in mind of the sunsets painted by J.M.W. Turner.
“In late February, as we headed north through the Antarctic Sound, we were fortunate to experience an Antarctic sunset. The colors were epic. The sun set in front of us and was rising behind us at the same time. Truly an experience I will never forget.”

HARSH LANDSCAPEHarsh Landscape
These oil drums, photographed outside the Brazilian base in Antarctica in 2007, foreshadowed the destruction of the base in a fire in 2012. “Antarctica is an unforgiving place,” Camille says.

CRYSTAL CLEARCrystal Clear
The jaw-dropping vista of the Rasmussen Glacier in Scoresbysund, eastern Greenland.

ALL AFLUTTERAll Aflutter
Of this photo taken in eastern Greenland, Camille writes:
“As our ship passed by this iceberg, which stood some three hundred feet out of the water, the birds were disturbed enough to leave their resting spots. I love the elephant-skin quality of the surface of this berg.”

SLOW COLLISIONSlow Collision
John Palmer, a doctor from Australia, also serves as a traffic operator for the icebreaker’s two helicopters. Here, he looks off into the distance where two massive icebergs are about to collide in a strong swell. One of the helicopters (too small to see in this image) had flown out to observe the icebergs up close.

CLOUD COVERCloud Cover
Camille writes,
“Antarctica is big, but the sky is bigger. The clouds that cover Antarctica can seem enormous, and when the clouds are lit by the sun magic can happen. I tend to spend as much time as I can out on deck, always looking, always ready. On this evening my diligence was rewarded.”

WALRUSWalrus v. Hut
This hefty walrus in Svalbard, Norway, makes the nearby hut look tiny by comparison.

BLUE DIAMOND ICEBERGBlue Diamond
This iceberg, calved off the Kongsfjord Glacier in Svalbard, Norway, showed its “true colors” thanks to the overcast day.

POLAR BEARFond Farewell
Of this young bear, photographed in Svalbard, Norway, Camille writes: “She looked at us as we sat in our zodiac. The passengers were eating chocolate covered strawberries and sipping champagne from long-stemmed glasses. I wondered what she thought as she looked at us. Her mother was about a thousand feet away and raised her head every now and then to get a good whiff of her cub. She was almost two years old, almost ready to leave her mother and go off on her own. I will probably never see her again. I wished her luck as I took this photo.”

http://discovermagazine.com/galleries/2014/dec/arctic#74686

Embrace your power of gratitude ~ Inspirational video

DANCE IN THE RAIN

Sit back, relax and turn up your speakers for this inspirational movie by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher from Simple Truths, “Learning to Dance in the Rain”.  The words, the photographs and the music are beautiful!  Enjoy!

Learning to Dance in the Rain by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher can change your attitude about facing adversity.  It’s not the adversity, but how we react to it that determines the joy and happiness in our lives. Learning to Dance in the Rain shows us that while we all face challenges, embracing the power of gratitude can change your life forever.  During tough times, do we spend too much time feeling sorry for ourselves, or can we, with gratitude…learn how to dance in the rain?

“Learning to Dance in the Rain.”
“Life is not about waiting
for the storm to pass…
It’s about learning to
dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

 

It almost sounds too simple to feel important, but understanding the power of gratitude can change your life forever. Sarah Breathnach said it best… “When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present…we experience heaven on earth.”

Video link ~ “Learning to Dance in the Rain” below:

We all face adversity in life, it’s how you react to it that determines your joy in life. An inspiring book to guide you through life’s rough patches…Truly understanding the power of gratitude can change your life forever.

Visit Simple Truths web site for many more inspirational books and videos.  I recently purchased 2 books for my family – books arrived in just a few days and were extremely well packaged. Included with the purchase were videos and lovely gift cards decorated with coordinating graphics.

Another inspiring video to share with your families, friends and co-workers.

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDHave a wonderful weekend everyone!

Monitoring Wastewater Effluent Toxicity

Toxic Relationship 
“Researchers make advances in monitoring the potential toxicity
of contaminants in wastewater
 effluent” posted Dec. 1, 2014 by Eve Krakow in Water Canada’s November/December 2014 issue.

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When McGill professor and researcher OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAViviane Yargeau used to visit wastewater treatment stations to explain her work on controlling contaminants of emerging concern, municipalities were doubtful. With thousands of new compounds out there, did she really expect them to ever have the resources to monitor them all? But about two years ago, the chemical engineer shifted direction. And now, regulatoryMCGILL LOGO agencies and industrial partners are paying close attention to the work of her McGill University lab.

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CONTAMINANTSContaminants of emerging concern (CECs) refer to an array of compounds that have emerged over the past 10 to 20 years and are not yet regulated because their effects on human health are still somewhat unknown. They’re found in pesticides, antibiotics, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, illicit drugs, plasticizers, transformation products, nanomaterials, and much more. Whether through industrial discharge or the flush of a toilet, they end up in our water.

Monitoring toxicity

UV TREATMENT“It’s very tedious to study one compound at a time,” Yargeau said. “You study compound A, and the results say UV treatment is better. Then you study compound B and find ozonation is better. The same conditions may not be optimal for all compounds at the same time. So now, rather than focusing solely on the removal of specific compounds, we’re looking for ways to monitor toxicity of the wastewater. We no longer look at one compound at a time or at target compounds, but at whatever is in the wastewater.”

BIOASSAYSTo do this, researchers are using “bioassays”—essentially algae, enzymes, or mammalian cells—to measure how living things react from being exposed to these compounds. Different bioassays can be used to measure different effects due to different modes of actions, to determine, for example, if a water sample is estrogenic or androgenic, if it causes cell disruption, et cetera.

“Nowadays, there are so many chemicals out there, the wastewater coming into treatment plants is so complex, so unknown, that what you really want to know is the response. That is, how living organisms are being affected,” explained Meghan Marshall, a chemical engineer pursuing her Ph.D. in Yargeau’s lab.

There’s a second big reason for this new approach. Research has shown that, in some cases, when certain compounds are removed (such as through UV treatment or ozonation), they are transformed into products that might be more toxic than the original compounds. “Developing target removal levels for selected compounds might not be the way to go, because maybe these were transformed into more toxic products. As well, this approach is limited to known toxic compounds,” Yargeau said. “Therefore, rather than trying to optimize the treatment sequences to remove selected compounds, we should optimize them to remove toxicity.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhy focus on wastewater instead of drinking water? “By improving treatment for wastewater, we ensure that anyone who takes that water as a source of drinking water will have a water of higher quality—and we protect the environment at the same time,” Yargeau said. She also noted that, while the impact on human health may still be unclear, the harmful effects on aquatic life and ecosystems have already been clearly demonstrated.

Government and industry partners

TRENT LOGOTrent University recently commissioned Yargeau’s lab to 
assess the effectiveness of a suite of cell-based assays to measure the potential toxicity of CECs in wastewater effluent.

“Essentially, these are quick, rapid tools, that are hopefully cost-effective and sensitive enough to assess the presence of CECs in the effluent,” said Monica Nowierski, an aquatic risk assessment scientist with the ministry’s standards development branch.

 GREAT LAKES BASIN2Funding for the $90,000 project with McGill comes from the Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem, known as COA. One of Ontario’s commitments under COA is to promote the reduction of CEC releases, specifically from municipal sewage treatment plants. “To achieve this commitment, the ministry is partnering with academics to get information that will help to direct policy and management initiatives,” Nowierski said.

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AIR LIQUIDE LOGOYargeau’s lab is also working with Air Liquide Canada, a world leader in gases, technologies, and services for industry and health. The company has been looking into gas-based advanced oxidation technologies to reduce the impact of chemical and biological contaminants in industrial wastewater systems. Impressed by Yargeau’s research in this area, they initiated a joint project with McGill, along with Chris Metcalfe at Trent University, to develop NSERC LOGOalternate efficient technologies for treating municipal wastewater including ozone. The project is partly supported by NSERC over three years.

MICHAEL EPINEY“We’d like to develop a solution that will reduce CECs to the lowest possible level, starting by what is expected to be legislated eventually in Europe and North America,” said Michel Epiney, chemical engineer and business development specialist M&E at Air Liquide Canada. “At the same time, we want a solution that will provide toxicity reduction; we want our solution not to generate by-products that could be detrimental.”

BIOLOGICAL OXYGEN DEMANDWhile research on using bioassays to monitor toxicity in wastewater is still in the early stages, Yargeau said it marks a change in paradigm that is gaining favour. She notes that a similar approach already exists in wastewater management for organic materials, where biological oxygen demand is used as an indicator.

CHEMICAL METHOD“Chemical analysis is still important,” Yargeau emphasized. “But if we continue that route alone, one chemical at a time, it will never end.” Not only would this new approach be less costly and more feasible to implement, but “we would be more confident that regardless of what is in the water, we’re not missing anything, because toxicity would be a global indicator of the quality of the wastewater.”  

Eve Krakow is a freelance writer based in Montreal. This article appears in Water Canada’s November/December 2014 issue.

Friday Fun – Festive Season BrainTeaser

santa with sleigh and reindeer rudolph red nose animated gif

YOUNG RUDOLPHThis might take a bit of thinking on your part to find the answer to this one.

 ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? It took me a while before I was able to figure it out.  

Angry Rudolph2nd semester marks for poor Rudolph not as good as the first – how come?

reindeer dancing animated gifGive it a try then share with your family and friends to see if they are as quick as you in figuring this one out.

 


????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Didn’t get the answer yet?funny animated reindeer gif!

  . . . . . . . . . . . . 

YEAH –  you finally got the answer!

Celebrate! 

Santa dancing with his reindeer

Have a great weekend everyone!

Animated Santa in sleigh with reindeer

 

 

California’s water crisis ~ Alarming prediction!

1-CALIFORNIA WATER CRISIS

These Maps of California’s Water Shortage Are Terrifying

California's water shortage

The following was posted on savethewater.org, by Tom Philpott, Oct. 30, 2014.

Just how bad is California’s water shortage? Really, really bad, according to these new maps, which represent groundwater withdrawals in California during the first three years of the state’s ongoing and epochal drought:

The maps come from a new paper in Nature Climate Change by NASA water scientist James Famiglietti. “California’s Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins have lost roughly 15 cubic kilometers of total water per year since 2011,” he writes. That’s “more water than all 38 million Californians use for domestic and municipal supplies annually—over half of which is due to groundwater pumping in the Central Valley.”

Famiglietti uses satellite data to measure how much water people are sucking out of the globe’s aquifers, and summarized his research in his new paper.

FARMER IN FIELDMore than 2 billion people rely on water pumped from aquifers as their primary water source, Famiglietti writes. Known as groundwater (as opposed to surface water, the stuff that settles in lakes and flows in streams and rivers), it’s also the source of at least half the irrigation water we rely on to grow our food. When drought hits, of course, farmers rely on groundwater even more, because less rain and snow means less water flowing above ground.

The lesson Famiglietti draws from satellite data is chilling: “Groundwater is being pumped at far greater rates than it can be naturally replenished, so that many of the largest aquifers on most continents are being mined, their precious contents never to be returned.”

The Central Valley boasts some of the globe’s fastest-depleting aquifers—but by no means the fastest overall. Indeed, it has a rival here in the United States. The below graphic represents depletion rates at some of the globe’s largest aquifers, nearly all of which Famiglietti notes, “underlie the world’s great agricultural regions and are primarily responsible for their high productivity.”

CHART TO CROP

The navy-blue line represents the Ogallala aquifer—a magnificent water resource now being sucked dry to grow corn in the US high plains. Note that it has quietly dropped nearly as much as the Central Valley’s aquifers (yellow line) over the past decade. The plunging light-blue line represents the falling water table in Punjab, India’s breadbasket and the main site of that irrigation-intensive agricultural “miracle” known as the Green Revolution, which industrialized the region’s farm fields starting in the 1960s. The light-green line represents China’s key growing region, the north plain. Its relatively gentle fall may look comforting, but the water table there has been dropping steadily for years.

groundwater supplyAll of this is happening with very little forethought or regulation. Unlike underground oil, underground water draws very little research on how much is actually there. We know we’re siphoning it away faster than it can be replaced, but we have little idea of how long we can keep doing so, Famiglietti writes. He adds, though, that if current trends hold, “groundwater supplies in some major aquifers will be depleted in a matter of decades.” As for regulation, it’s minimal across the globe. In most places, he writes, there’s a “veritable groundwater ‘free for all': property owners who can afford to drill wells generally have unlimited access to groundwater.”

And the more we pump, the worse things get. As water tables drop, wells have to go deeper into the earth, increasing pumping costs. What’s left tends to be high in salts, which inhibit crop yields and can eventually cause soil to lose productivity altogether. Eventually, “inequity issues arise because only the relatively wealthy can bear the expense of digging deeper wells, paying greater energy costs to pump groundwater from increased depths and treating the lower-quality water that is often found deeper within aquifers,” Famiglietti writes—a situation already playing out in California’s Central Valley, where some low-income residents have seen their wells go dry. In a reporting trip to the southern part of the Central Valley this past summer, I saw salt-caked groves with wan, suffering almond trees—the result of irrigation with salty water pumped from deep in the aquifer.

All of this is taking place in a scenario of rapid climate change and steady population growth—so we can expect steeper droughts and more demand for water. Famiglietti’s piece ends with a set of recommendations for bringing the situation under control: Essentially, let’s carefully measure the globe’s groundwater and treat it like a precious resource, not a delicious milkshake to casually suck down to the dregs. In the meantime, Famiglietti warns, “further declines in groundwater availability may well trigger more civil uprising and international violent conflict in the already water-stressed regions of the world, and new conflict in others.”

http://savethewater.org/maps-californias-water-shortage-terrifying/

Related link ~ http://yournewswire.com/global-collapse-coming-from-groundwater-supply-depletion-nasa/