Brazil’s Largest City Faces Worse Drought Since 1930

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Cantareira Reservoir - Aereal View - Sao Paulo - Brazil - February 2014

Level in Cantareira System falls to 18.2 percent
São Paulo – Brazil – February 2014
Photo Credit – Cenário MT

 

Brazil’s largest city of São Paulo and its Greater Metropolitan Area are running out of water. Due to its worse prolonged drought since 1930, the State’s complex Cantareira System of reservoirs is drying up. Managed by the Basic Sanitation Company of the State of São Paulo (Sabesp), the Cantareira System supplies water to 8.8 million residential and industrial clients.

Alarms sounded in summer. Rainfall in December 2013 was 72 percent below normal. Reductions continued in the New Year with 66 percent in January and 64 percent in February. Exceptionally high temperatures aggravated the situation.

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  • Clyde Duncan  On August 31, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Timothy Egan – 1:14:09 hours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYUpBPx-pD4 Thanks, Rosaliene!

  • Clyde Duncan  On September 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I posted the foregoing link that I retrieved from Rosaliene’s blog on Timothy Egan’s presentation at the University of Kansas before I had time to listen to him tell his story about the drought in the USA. Okay, I listened and I have an opinion.

    Anyone who does not get the environmental challenges we face regarding “global warming” should not be allowed to cross the street unescorted, in my opinion. I also read the explanation and proposal of the Cantareira System [English Translation only] and the last paragraph says it all: “… for the region faces no shortage of problems that can affect the quality of life and the socio-economic development of the region …”

    “Global Warming” is an aptly applied label to what transpired in the “Dust Bowl” in the USA and Canada in the 1930’s – Man’s abuse of the environment made a bad situation worse. See this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_Bowl – and the same reasoning could be applied to the environmental challenges in the Cantareira System. Man will not allow Mother Nature to recover normally. We are heaping insult on top of injury – we are kicking Mother Nature when she’s down and we are not going to stop until planet Earth looks like planet Mars. Karl Marx said it best, I believe, when he said that the last capitalist we hang is the one who sold us the rope.

    Take [NAFTA] North America Free Trade Agreement – rather than rewrite any of this material, read for yourself, here: http://www.water.ca/nafta.asp

    São Paulo is quite a safe distance from Guyana, it seems to me; but Mexico and Canada are in an environmental conundrum and a very precarious position in relation to Uncle Sam’s abusive behaviour towards Mother Nature, re: water.

    http://www.distancefromto.net/between/Guyana/Sao+Paulo

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