Water reservoirs in the Southwest are reaching new lows. There are short-term tactical public policy solutions available for discussion and implementation, but no one yet is thinking strategically. That will have to change at some point.
We are learning--very painfully--that our actions over time have consequences. When we build cities on the shore, they will be swept away by hurricanes, tsunamis, or inundated by sea level rise; if we build them on a fault line, they will be destroyed by earthquake; and if we build them in a forest, they are likely to burn. We're not good at either listening or learning. Let's work on that.
The long-term future of emergency management is strongly correlated to how we treat this marvelous Earth that we've been entrusted with. We have many failures, and a few successes. Here is a presentation of the treatment of one critical species that's on the knife's edge, where we can do what's right or do what's negligent. As with all things that enhance or condemn our civilization, what we ultimately choose to do is up to us.
The Fort McMurray fire in Central Canada has provided a shock to our ongoing illusion that we're prepared for any disaster. We're not. Not even close. So here are some suggestions about how to tie warning indicators together more effectively.
Water management is becoming an increasingly critical topic in today's society. The issue is frequently highlighted by dust storms and wildfires. In an ongoing series, we'll talk about and update some of our previous work on this and other topics.