Bloomberg Originals (March 1, 2023) – In Nevada, Kal Penn investigates the lasting impacts of the Colorado River Compact, the 1922 agreement that doles out water rights to seven states. The system, over-optimistic from the start, is on the verge of collapse as water levels in key reservoirs approach dead pool-status. But in nearby Las Vegas, Kal explores strategies that have led that city to become one of the most successful in the US when it comes to water conservation.
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Drought: How Las Vegas Conserves So Much Water
As severe drought in the West forces states to make drastic water cuts, Las Vegas offers a road map to making the most out of every drop of water. Since 2002, Southern Nevada has cut its Colorado River water use by 26% while its population has grown by 750,000.
Droughts: Competing With Nature For Water
Climate change is causing rising temperatures, extreme weather events and more and more drought. And, in this changing reality, everyone needs more water. Humans are competing with the natural world for water. What does this mean for biodiversity? Fewer and fewer countries still have an abundance of water. The climate crisis, overpopulation and overexploitation are the root of this global problem. And, in a warming world, everyone is using more water: people, agriculture and industry. In Germany, streams and ponds are disappearing, forests and soils are drying out. What does this mean for biodiversity? And how do people cope with drought in countries that have even less water — for example, in the USA or Mexico? What happens when our water dries up?
Analysis: Drinking Water – Is The World Drying Up?
Only 0.3 percent of the Earth’s total water supply is suitable for human consumption. Ominously, this precious resource is beginning to shrink. Natural water reservoirs are drying up due to climate change.
Glaciologist Daniel Farinotti surveys melting glaciers in the Swiss Alps. If glaciers continue to melt at the current rate, he says, there will be no ice left by the end of the century. The disappearance of glacial meltwater would have fatal consequences. From the heights of the Swiss Alpine glaciers, the documentary travels down to the seafloor, off the coast of Malta. Here, the crew of the German expedition ship “Sonne” wants to track down mysterious freshwater deposits in the Mediterranean.
Next up is Peru where, in a bid to counteract the threat of water shortages, work is underway on projects that use ancient Incan methods.
Village Views: Harvesting Rainwater In Indonesia
Clean drinking water is vital – but for many people, accessing it is difficult and expensive. A pastor in an Indonesian village encourages people to make use of a dependable water supply that comes free of charge: rainwater.
Conservation Video: ‘How Farming Is Drying Up Arizona’s Water Supply’
With a lack of restrictions on water use, owners of some large-scale farms in the United States are drying up underground water tables. All they have to do is buy the land to have access to as much free water as they want. In Arizona, farm owners and ranchers are digging ever deeper to irrigate their land, leaving other residents with low water reserves. Meanwhile, parts of the land have caved in, collapsing as the water is pumped up from beneath. Our France 2 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24’s James Vasina.
Conservation: “How To Increase Water Efficiency At Home” (NatGeo Video)
We’re facing a water shortage in the United States, but there’s a few helpful tips you can do at your home and in your gardens to make a difference. Partner Content for Finish.
Conservation Short Films: “Los Zanjeros – Follow The Water” On History Of Arizona Water Usage
Filmed produced by: Cooper Davis, Jared Reasy, Jake Kelly and Pete Burr
4 Brophy faculty members and native Phoenicians followed the Salt River via bicycle from its source to their faucets to better understand the history of water in Arizona and how to protect and advocate for its future.