California’s water supply issues are not new. As the population continues increasing, the water supply has been receding since the late 1990′s, with a recent and dramatic decline in the past few years.
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This chart shows the amount of sunlight by latitude and time of year. Today’s equinox runs along the left-most blue line at 80 days. For American latitude reference, the Canadian-US border runs along the 49th Parallel and the California-Mexico border is at the 28th Parallel
The largest land owners in the US own 33 million acres, or 1.5% of all the land in the country. Most of these families are in forestry or ranching. The largest land owner, John Malone, has holdings the size of Puerto Rico.
The the global chicken population has exploded since 1970, with over 20 billion chickens living in 2010. Their numbers have increased 262% since 1970.
–from Mother Jones
North American oil production, dark green in the chart, has been undergoing explosive supply growth since 2010. Between the new extraction methods used in the US and continued expansion of the Alberta tar sands in Canada, the supply and extraction technology coming from North America will change the global oil market radically over the next five years. Consider the following quote from the International Energy Agency’s press release accompanying this graph:
“The supply shock created by a surge in North American oil production will be as transformative to the market over the next five years as was the rise of Chinese demand over the last 15, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its annual Medium-Term Oil Market Report (MTOMR) released today.”
–from Business Insider and the International Energy Agency
WSJ with very concerning graphic and article about air pollution spikes in Beijing.
Latest data from US is out and no sign of lowering. Much of increases in Midwest. From Wonkblog.