Yahoo! News reports in an article titled “Los Angeles nears water rationing” that the city officials voted to impose rationing. To quote, “With a recent flurry of winter storms doing little to dampen California‘s latest drought, the nation’s biggest public utility voted on Tuesday to impose in Los Angeles for the first time in nearly two decades. Under the plan adopted in principle by the governing board of the L.A. Department of Water and Power, homes and businesses would pay a penalty rate — nearly double normal prices — for any water they use in excess of a reduced monthly allowance.”
I really am trying not to paint too depressing a picture here but Washington Post reported on Feb 15th in an article titled, “Scientists: Pace of Climate Change Exceeds Estimates” that the pace of global warming is likely to be much faster than any recent predictions because industrial greenhouse gas emissions have increased more quickly than expected and the resultant higher temperatures are triggering self-reinforcing feedback mechanisms in global ecosystems.
Well, may be the climate change is already here, at least for Los Angeles. However, I am sure East Coast, being so far away, is not going to be impacted for another century or so and by that time our kids will figure out what to do. (The last sentence is laced with irony and sarcasm just in case you didn’t figure it out)
“Every cloud has a silver lining” (sorry, no affront intended to sensitive Los Angeles readers given they haven’t seen a cloud in a while, leave alone silver lining)…….so may be the economic downturn has one major positive affect — reduction in greenhouse gas emissions!
How’s that to cheer you up after all the depressing news in this post?