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Middle East Is Running Out of Water ... Call NASA
Satellites Reveal Depletion of a Vital Middle East Water Supply ... Just in case you needed more reasons to be concerned about the stability of the Middle East, new research using data from NASA's gravity-sensing Grace satellites shows a substantial decline in the volume of groundwater reserves in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins. Data gathered between 2003 and 2009 show the seasonal recharge of the region's aquifers (the blue pulses in the illuminating animation above) but then the onset of a potent drought in 2007 followed by a persistent big drop in water amounts, 60 percent of which is ascribed to unsustainable rates of pumping in a study to be published on Friday in the journal Water Resources Research. – New York Times
Dominant Social Theme: The world is running out of water.
Free-Market Analysis: Here we go again. The power elite that wants to run the world formally as opposed to informally uses its bought-and-paid-for media to promote scarcity memes that will frighten middle classes into giving up power and wealth to specially designed globalist facilities.
The top elites that utilize the impossible wealth of central banking to further their agendas don't focus on trivialities. They understand that people's fears are actuated by survival. The memes that are promoted are all basic survival memes. The world is not running out of puppy dogs. It is running out of food, water, energy and even a livable climate.
All of these memes are constantly on parade these days in a dizzying assault that comes from Hollywood, New York's Big Three TV conglomerates as well as cable, big magazine franchises and, of course, newspapers.
One of the most reliable allies of the power elite is the CIA-directed New York Times. Like editors at the Washington Post, the editors of the New York Times like nothing more than providing readers with a good scare, and this story about Middle Eastern aquifers is just another example. Here's more:
Scientists at the University of California, Irvine; NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., found during a seven-year period beginning in 2003 that parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran along the Tigris and Euphrates river basins lost 117 million acre feet (144 cubic kilometers) of total stored freshwater. That is almost the amount of water in the Dead Sea. The researchers attribute about 60 percent of the loss to pumping of groundwater from underground reservoirs....
"Grace data show an alarming rate of decrease in total water storage in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins, which currently have the second fastest rate of groundwater storage loss on Earth, after India," said Jay Famiglietti, principal investigator of the study and a hydrologist and professor at UC Irvine. "The rate was especially striking after the 2007 drought. Meanwhile, demand for freshwater continues to rise, and the region does not coordinate its water management because of different interpretations of international laws."
There's nothing special about this reporting. It's typical of the Times. No attempt is made to put any of this in context or even to find out if these fresh water basins had drained before and then filled back up again.
No mention is made that most of the surface of the Earth is covered with water. Water is basic to life and is constantly recycled. Water doesn't "go away," though some forms of it (salt water) are less palatable than others.
But advances in desalinization technology are making the conversion of salt water to fresh water increasingly efficient. There's no mention about that, either. For more on desalinization technology, just search for "water scarcity" and "Daily Bell."
Interestingly, this article – after dwelling on its water scarcity meme – makes a plea for US President Barack Obama to "sustain" the "critical investments" that have been made in "remote-sensing satellites and related programs."
The writer seems to believe that only the US government can support these efforts and that if the satellites that are providing us with elite scarcity memes fall out of orbit the human race will suffer.
The Times scribe is not the only one who believes that this technology is "critical." We learn at the bottom of the same article that PBS honchos are concerned, as well. An upcoming PBS program "will take a detailed look at various ways satellite and space station imagery are enriching understanding of the home planet."
Conclusion: NASA lobbyists are evidently working overtime, and not just in Washington.
Posted by GWBramhall on 02/13/13 02:01 PM
The water shortage meme has been with us for some time and has gained traction with the global warming and climate change enthusiasts. There is no doubt much of the US has been suffering from a prolonged drought and the Rocky Mountain aquifer as well as the Libyan vast underground
water reservoir have been over utilized and thought to be rapidly drying up or at least not replenished to the extent of achieving a balance.
This condition is equally true in other parts of the world as populations increase and human kind destroys our water stocks with pollution and other sorts of abuse. When it really gets to be a problem we undoubtedly will be refining sea water in much the way we do our crude oil to make it useful to the general population. This will undoubtedly be expensive but it is already being realized, by those that think about these things, that water is more valuable than oil or gold for that matter. Our abundant water resources in the US are probably one of the greatest advantages we have over much of the rest of the world and like the air we breath one on the things we most take for granted.