| (ANN Topeka) The Kansas Department of the Interior, Office of
| Technology released a study today on the effect of climate change on
| Kansas agriculture. Dr. Merrill Crawford, chairman of the committee
| project summarized the report and said that within the next 75 years,
| Kansas will no longer be able to grow the same quantify of corn that
| it does now. "This is unfortunate, of course, but we think we can
| replace much of the corn acreage with pineapple, which will do very
| well in the new climate."
I expect that's the least of their problems. They've
been depleting the aquifer for decades now. It
probably won't be long before not much of anything
can be grown in Kansas. Like fossil fuels and
anti-biotics, we just happen to be living through
a brief Golden Age of Midwest farming that's simply
That is true and we are going to run out of water far sooner than we
run out of oil. It is not just the Ogalalla in the mid west, a big
part of the dispute in the West Bank as about water and in South Asia
water may end up being a bigger problem than any other thing.
People say we will just desalinate sea water and that might work for
drinking but it is nowhere near viable for agriculture.
The sad thing is the biggest agricultural crop in this country, using
as much water as they do growing corn is the lawn in front of most
people's houses and on their golf courses. Nobody eats any of it.
We either let it rot where cut it or bag it and pay to have it hauled
In the future it will be a crime to use water in that way (unless it's gray
water - and maybe not even then) in many places. In certain areas, it's
already some sort of infraction to water lawns when not approved. Other
places will still be as green as ever, though, where water is naturally
Desalination could see some very serious technical improvements over the
decades that make it much more economic than it is now. Solar evaporation
could produce potable water.
I live in Minnesota and all of our water comes from our well.
When I lived in Bermuda, I discovered that there is no fresh water
there. The Bermudians collect rain water in large cisterns that are
located under or next to their homes. All the roofs are coated in lime.
Of course, on the naval base (which isn't there any more), there was a
desalination plant, but it only provided water to the base.
On Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:23:50 -0400, "Robert Green"
We have that here but it is a toothless law. I have never heard of
anyone getting more than a nasty letter.
Potable water is not really the issue. It is water for agriculture
that will be the problem. I could make enough drinking water for my
family with a fairly modest R/O unit, using the tidal river next to my
house. In fact the river has lower salinity than my well quite often.
In January and February the river was running about 320ppm and the
well cruises around 450ppm. That is closer to 900 after the water
We've hopefully learned from the Texans' experience with groundwater.
Nebraska has Natural Resources Districts in place to monitor such things.
There are areas where no new irrigation is permitted. Irrigation wells
water meters at least in my area. There will be rationing if groundwaters
drop below a certain point. A farmer will be permitted to use X amount
a three year period. I betcha dollars to donuts Kansas has something
Different irrigation methods, crop rotation, conservation tillage,
and more drought resistant crops all help. Then there is the money
Will that last irrigation make money?
Farmers could go back to dryland farming in a worst case scenario.
There's hardly any irrigation in Illinois and Iowa. They consistently raise
the most corn.
The religious nutters won't like it but Earth needs to restrict population growth.
I guess that will occur naturally when we run out of food.
Beware of the religious gun nutters! They will be stocking up on ammo to guard their tomatoes.
In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Mississippi has
shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. Therefore ... in the
Old Silurian Period the Mississippi River was upward of one million
three hundred thousand miles long ... seven hundred and forty-two years
from now the Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long.
... There is something fascinating about science. One gets such
wholesome returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of
-- Mark Twain
Roger Blake (Posts from Google Groups killfiled due to excess spam.)
anyone who has ever had a aquarium for years knows that a aqurium has a carrying capacity.....
exceed it and fish die. can cause too much plant growth too.
i believe we should respect risks we dont fully understand.
thre may be a tipping point.
if excedded things will get out of control....
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