California's Water Bubble: When the Taps Run Dry
What will you do when you turn on your tap and find there is no water? Many in California may soon find out as a serious, grim drought is now in its third year [ark]. And it is unlikely to abate anytime soon, as all indications are this is a long-term climate change induced shift, perhaps related to climate change expanding the tropics [ark]. California's economy, like much of the world, has thrived on the back of a water bubble (as well as credit).
Arid regions are not able to support these population densities or profligate water use such as growing irrigated crops in deserts. Given current trends, one can predict that within decades much of Southwestern U.S. will need to be evacuated. And the nation will have to find other sources of produce immediately. Water shortages are how climate change [search] will first bite hardest.