- Sea level rise and storm surges
- Droughts and desertification
- Deluges and Flooding
- Loss of snowpack and inland glaciers
That’s why “The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and a coalition of national water organizations called on Congress to recognize the severe impacts that global climate change will likely have on water resources in the United States.” The groups noted that climate change is already begun to effect water resources around the country. The letter to Congress (here) calls for a number of measures including
Mitigation and adaptation strategies focused specifically on impacts of climate change on water quality and quantity, stormwater and flood control management and wastewater treatment. Examples of areas where research is needed include methods to increase water conservation; energy efficiency management techniques that help water utilities reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions; the development of alternative water sources such as reuse, recycling, and desalination; and multiple benefit quantification analysis of such practices as urban tree cover and green roofs to both control stormwater runoff and help cities adapt to the consequences of climate change.
Obviously, every group will be seeking help from the federal government to deal with climate change — especially given the trillions of dollars of that the auctioning of the greenhouse gasemissions permits will yield (see here for a list of who gets what in the Liebermann-Warner Bill). But water is more important than most, if not most important of all. The letter ends:
We call upon our nation’s leaders to consider water resources as a key element in upcoming climate change legislation and to provide the necessary support and leadership to ensure that the nation’s water utilities have the tools and resources necessary to address the climate change challenge.
[It should be noted that my wife works for WEF on legislative issues, but that in (almost) no way influenced my writing this post.]
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- Dry me a River: Climate change and drought
- Australia faces the “permanent dry” — as do we
- Warming Will Worsen Water Wars
- 2007: A record-setting U.S. drought year
- And the drought goes on
- Brutal Drought Where It’s Normally Wet
- Global Warming Imperils 4th of July
- Los Angeles: Worst Drought Ever Recorded
- USA Today Almost Gets the Drought Story Right
- The NY Times Blows the Drought Story, too.
- UK: Worst Floods In Modern History
- When it rains….
- Record global glacial melt
- Greenland Study: Sea level rise could be double IPCC projections
- Sea levels may rise 5 feet by 2100