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In East Porterville, drought escalates mental health issues

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Experts say people affected by the drought also face stress, which can escalate to anxiety, depression and a host of other mental conditions. Studies show those findings are especially true for people who rely on water for economic survival, such as farmers, and people living in rural areas with fewer options for income and care.

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In vicious fire season, an endurance test for California crews

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Fighting wildfires has always been draining, dangerous work, but firefighters say they now are being flung from one huge blaze to the next, using the same old axes and scrapers to fight a new species of mega-fires born from years of drought, while dealing with rising temperatures and government policies that filled the woods with tinder.

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Pope Francis Visit, VW Fraud, China Cap and Trade, and John Boehner — How They Coincide

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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider puts an eventful week into a global perspective.

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On Friday, China said it would introduce a cap and trade program to reduce climate change emissions. The same week, Volkswagen admitted to installing software on 11 million of its cars to cheat emissions tests.Click image to enlarge.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Progress never unfolds in a straight line. The color and patterns of life, like tracking clouds from space, are too complex, too irregular, too imperfect to make sense much of the time. Once in a while, though, a flawless aberration occurs, like the events last week in the United States and China.

Pope Francis arrived in Washington and New York to issue a call to action on climate change and an appeal to take much better care of the planet. Earth’s perilous condition soared to the top of the pyramid of public concerns.

Volkswagen, one of the largest industrial corporations on Earth, admitted to a potential corporate-collapsing fraud in the ecological performance of its diesel engines. The discovery, and the admission, that VW developed software that enabled its engines to detect emissions testing equipment and evade lawful limits for air pollutants illustrated just how seriously auto buyers and regulators take their responsibility to care for the planet.

As the week closed, China promised to develop a cap and trade program for reducing climate changing emissions; in effect, a market-based strategy for starting to solve what Pope Francis called “a problem which can no longer be left to future generations.”

Events That Connect

Though seemingly unconnected, these events are linked in new ways. They are both irresistible and emblematic of the unyielding transition in economy and ecology occurring across the world with quickening and visible speed. What draws them together, what gives them coherence, are the converging and unrelenting global trends in natural resource supply and demand, and the effects of industrial damage, that more people and more of the world’s leaders finally recognize and are reacting to with the urgency that is merited.

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U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner welcomed Pope Francis to Congress last Thursday. The next day, he resigned from his position amid pressures from a fractious Republican Party.Click image to enlarge.

The change, disorienting to some, fearful to others, also heavily influenced the fourth dramatic and unexpected event last week — the resignation of Ohio Congressman John Boehner as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. His party’s doctrinaire caucus is lost in a world ebbing away. Aggressively advocating a 20th-century economic development strategy based on profligate resource exploitation? Promoting an inflexible 19th-century religious and social contract that does not fit the self-aware, self-actuating conditions of the 21st century? Neither the planet nor a good number of its human inhabitants accept such hazardous and obsolete views of human dominion.

Fifteen years into the 21st century the conditions of ecological distress, and a clearer path to a reasoned response, are coming into focus across the world. Both the distress and the response are formed from two primary ingredients: mankind’s industrial depredations and the planet’s powerful and truculent response.

Think of it as a promissory note coming due. The underlying principles of economic progress in the 20th century — an assumed infinite treasure chest of natural resources to stoke an economy of unlimited consumption — no longer fits an era with 7 billion people clamoring to thrive in a world not only growing warmer and drier, but also more vulnerable to floods and ecological calamities. The nutrients that supported the 20th-century way of life — cheap fossil fuel, vast supplies of fresh water, and ample land — are no longer so readily available.

Summed up, the lingering industrial and demographic momentum of the 20th century — rising population, wasteful use of water, fossil fuel foolishness, mega-project development — is running hard into the ecological realities and impediments of the 21st. The resource-consuming way of life many nations pursued in the 20th century has smashed into the era of resource scarcity in the 21st.

Earth Pushes, People React

Pope Francis recognizes the new reality and has cast climate change as an ecological threat with moral dimensions. The poor and helpless around the world are already suffering considerable hardship from calamities that have no borders and no restraint. Industrial companies are held responsible for enhancing the public good with cleaner, more energy efficient, more resource-conserving products and practices. When they fail to do so — as the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the discovery of the VW air emissions fraud show — the public penalties are significant enough to threaten the company’s survivability.

Volkswagen emissions scandal cheating software United States diesel cars

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Also last week, German automaker Volkswagen admitted to installing software on 11 million of its cars to cheat emissions tests.Click image to enlarge.

And when political parties pursue goals that serve narrow and inflexible interests, but make scant sense in a universe of swift social, economic, and environmental evolution, the rusted fasteners that held the enterprise together begin to fail.

For too long our capacity to understand and react to the era of climate danger and resource scarcity was obscured by indifference, hostility to change, and the marketing of a billionaire-class narrative. We’ve been told that with some minor tweaks, like deregulating polluters, lowering taxes, and looking for answers in the Bible, everything was going to be just fine.

Not quite. There is nothing like deep droughts on six continents, drowning two American cities in coastal hurricanes, unleashing a killing plague from the African rainforest, or buckling Japan’s nuclear sector with a tsunami, to seize public attention. And with so many gazes now fixed on the power of the planet to cause mayhem, a much larger intellectual space is opening for a more mature and accomplished international reckoning.

— Keith Schneider,
Senior Editor

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Federal Water Tap, September 28: U.S.-China Meeting Gives Lift to Climate Change Talks

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The Rundown

President Xi Jinping visits Washington. A smaller backlog for drinking water infrastructure spending, but dollars still sit in the bank. A new treatment facility for the Gold King mine, and legislation to compensate for damages. New reports look at global food security and the Columbia Plateau Aquifer. Without congressional action, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will expire this week. Afghanistan’s water draws attention at a diplomatic conference.

“Beyond the immediate cleanup of this spill, it’s high time that we overhaul our abandoned mine cleanup policies to make future disasters like this less likely. While developers of resources like oil, natural gas, and coal all pay royalties to return fair value to taxpayers for our public resources, hardrock mining companies can still mine valuable minerals for free.” — Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), speaking at a U.S. Senate committee hearing on the August wastewater spill at Gold King mine, in Colorado. Heinrich plans to introduce legislation establishing royalty payments for hardrock mining on federal land. He also co-sponsored the Gold King Mine Spill Recovery Act, which lays out allowable compensation for those hurt financially by the spill.

By the Numbers

$US 1.1 billion: Money allocated by Congress for improvements to public drinking water systems that has not yet been spent. The backlog is half what it was four years ago. (Associated Press)

$US 2 million: Grant funding to establish water quality trading markets, a cap-and-trade system for water pollution. (Natural Resources Conservation Service)

$US 1.8 million: Cost of temporary water treatment facility that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will build at the Gold King mine site, in southwest Colorado. (Durango Herald)

Reports and Studies

Federal Report on Climate Change and Food Security
A warming planet with more erratic rainfall and deeper droughts is “likely to diminish continued progress on global food security,” according to a draft federal report on agriculture and climate change.

The report notes that water availability will limit the capacity of both wet and dry regions to adapt to changes in precipitation and temperature. It also notes that the United States is likely to see increased demand for agricultural exports from countries that struggle to adapt.

The report — titled Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System — is the consensus work of 21 federal agencies, universities, private groups, and nongovernmental organizations.

Public comments are due by October 8 and can be submitted at https://review.globalchange.gov/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss.

Columbia Plateau Aquifer Report
Groundwater levels have declined in a quarter of the Columbia Plateau Aquifer system because of intensive irrigation, according to a U.S. Geological Survey assessment.

The Columbia Plateau, a volcanic basin between the Cascades and the Rockies, produces $US 6 billion in farm output per year. Here’s a link to a six-page fact sheet on the report.

News Briefs

Climate Talks
During a visit to Washington, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that a national cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions will begin in 2017. The tricky matters of measurement, monitoring, the size of the cap, and enforcement are still on the table.

The two leaders also issued a joint statement that serves as a guidepost for the climate negotiations that will take place in Paris later this year. They affirmed the notion that technology and financing will be essential in assisting the transition to low-carbon economies and in helping poor countries cope with the unwelcomed effects of a warming planet.

Afghanistan, Development, and Water
At a diplomatic meeting in New York on the future of Afghanistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi mentioned the fractured country’s water resources as a prospective salve for healing economic and civic wounds.

“Afghanistan has a significant geographic location, abundant water and mineral resources, and a huge potential in terms of human talent,” Wang said at the meeting, which was organized by the governments of Afghanistan, China, and the United States. “The international community should step up strategic communication with Afghanistan and help the country fully tap its potential, harness its advantages, and explore an effective development path that fits the country’s reality and actual needs, and draw up a master plan for national development.”

What happens when Afghanistan begins developing its rivers — for agriculture, mining, or industry — is a significant geopolitical question. The country is located at the headwaters of major watersheds that flow into Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and other neighbors. Only the Helmand River, shared with Iran, is marked by a treaty.

On the Radar

LWCF Deadline Approaches
A fund that uses royalties from offshore oil and gas production to purchase land for parks, forests, wildlife refuges and water benefits will expire on September 30 unless Congress reauthorizes it.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is allowed to provide $US 900 million per year for parks and conservation, but recently Congress has allocated only one-third the limit. A temporary extension could be added to a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December, which will be voted on this week. Or its authorization could lapse and the program would be reconstructed, with uncertain outcomes.

“If Congress fails on this and we are forced to reinvent this program in the future, there’s no telling how it could get written,” said Dave Chadwick of the Montana Wildlife Federation, to the Missoulian newspaper.

Federal Water Tap is a weekly digest spotting trends in U.S. government water policy. To get more water news, follow Circle of Blue on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter.

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