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Weathering the storm against ag (Editorial)
In discussions of the erratic weather patterns which have been sweeping across the globe, take notice that they are no longer the result of “global warming.”
That description faded as Al Gore lost credibility and put on weight.
More currently, any unusual weather — weather which waivers from what is considered to be the norm — is the result of “climate change.”
That sounds less ominous somehow than “global warming” and allows those who buy into it to include such events as sub-freezing temperatures in Florida and spring snowstorms in the upper Great Lakes, hardly evidence of “warming.”
The environmental community is engaged in exploring — and usually in warning against (for they see all the consequences as dire ) — the impact of these changes in the weather.
How about a future without water?
The National Resources Defense Council, recognized, even by the old, gray New York Times as “one of the nation’s most powerful environmental groups,” has conducted the first-ever detailed state-by-state analysis of water readiness in the states.
In a report of the results of the survey, NRDC said that “only nine states have taken comprehensive steps to address their vulnerabilities to the water-related impacts of climate change, while 29 states are unprepared for growing water threats to their economies and public health.”
In the Mid-Atlantic, only Maryland and Pennsylvania made the “Category 1” list as the most prepared states.
Delaware and New Jersey need more robust planning, the report says, and Virginia “ranks poorly.”
The report ranks all 50 states on their climate preparedness planning, and is accompanied by an interactive online map at www.nrdc.org/water/readiness showing the threats every state faces from climate change.
NRDC said that “Maryland is among the best states when it comes to planning for climate change, but implementation will be crucial.”
The Maryland focus continued:
“The state has developed an integrated and comprehensive preparedness plan that addresses all relevant water sectors and state agencies.
“Activities to prepare for climate change impacts are under way in select state agencies, but they are fragmented, not fully coordinated, or not guided by an overarching strategy or plan.
“The state’s consideration of potential climate change impacts on water resources in existing programs and policies is limited.
“The state has yet to formally address climate change preparedness.”
NRDC’s report focuses on how state governments across the nation are planning and preparing for the water-related impacts of climate change.
These impacts include more severe and frequent storms, intense rainfall, sea-level rise, warmer water temperatures, and drought events.
The climate crisis poses far-reaching implications for water supply, quality, accessibility, and use, NRDC says.
More intense rainfall events increase flooding risks to property and health, and can cause devastating economic damages.
They also overwhelm often-antiquated infrastructure, leading to increased discharges of untreated sewage in waterways and potentially contaminating drinking water supplies and closing beaches.
Drought conditions and warmer temperatures — which may face the Mid-Atlantic this growing season — threaten water supply for municipalities, agriculture, and industries and could increase water demand for irrigation, hydropower production and power plant cooling.
The National Resources Defense Council boasts 1.3 million members and online activists.
Since 1970, it says, “our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment.”
And it’s never shy about sounding an alarm.
Note that, in NRDC analyses, it’s not a climate crisis, it’s “the climate crisis.”
A sure thing, in the NRDC book of future events.
We are not prepared, of course, to argue that it isn’t.
And the results of the NRDC survey are worthy of consideration.
But darn it, why does the environmental community insist on filling our days with fears for the future?
Too much rain. ... Or not enough rain.
Too many animals in the world.
Be careful what you eat, be careful what you drink.
Save the Bay — and Ravens stadium — from chicken litter.
Lifestock flatulence and the ozone layer.