Climate Change + Drought = More People and Water-Intensive Factories in the Southwest???
I’m certainly not an expert, but unless the decades-long rainfall trend changes, the key question is:
Where will the needed water come from?
Here are a few articles on each topic above, so you can judge for yourself whether or not this is in fact a problem:
Rapid Population and Manufacturing Growth in the Southwest
- “ The Southwest Is America’s New Factory Hub. ‘Cranes Everywhere — Five states in the region accounted for 30% of U.S. job growth in manufacturing over three years, adding more than 100,000 jobs” (WSJ)
- “Phoenix is fastest-growing city in U.S. for 5th year in a row” (AZ Big Media, based on U.S. Gov’t Census reports)
- “Intel to spend $20 billion on U.S. chip plants (two new factories at an existing campus in Chandler, Arizona) as CEO challenges Asia dominance” (Reuters)
Drought in the American West
- “Severe Drought, Worsened by Climate Change, Ravages the American West — Heat and shifting weather patterns have intensified wildfires and sharply reduced water supplies across the Southwest, the Pacific Coast and North Dakota.” (NY Times)
- “U.S. Drought Imperils Economy in California’s Farm Country — Growers are paying four times normal prices for water and letting almond trees die as federal government cuts or ends water allocations” (WSJ)
- “Southwest Drought Rivals Those of Centuries Ago, Thanks to Climate Change — The drought that has gripped the American Southwest since 2000 is as bad as or worse than droughts in the region over the past 1,200 years, a new study finds.” (NY Times)
Bonus: Taiwan chip manufacturing is being disrupted by drought:
“The Chip Shortage Is Bad. Taiwan’s Drought Threatens to Make It Worse.
Island’s worst dry spell in half a century has added to the challenges facing a center of semiconductor manufacturing” (WSJ)
“Taiwan Prays for Rain and Scrambles to Save Water — Some of the island’s lakes and reservoirs have nearly run dry. And water restrictions have forced many residents to modify how they shower, wash dishes and flush.” (NY Times)
- NASA Climate Change landing page
- “What is climate change? A really simple guide” (BBC)
- “ A Clearer Climate Picture Emerges — While they still vary, forecasts for how much the world will warm by century’s end have narrowed in recent years” (WSJ)
- “World’s Ice Is Melting Faster Than Ever, Climate Scientists Say —
Research shows the Earth lost a sheet of ice 100 meters thick roughly equivalent to the size of the U.K. in recent decades” (WSJ)
- “Google Earth Now Shows Decades of Climate Change in Seconds — The new tool, Timelapse, adds 24 million satellite images taken over 37 years.” (Bloomberg)
National Drought Mitigation Center Drought Monitor — https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap.aspx
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