Matt Davies for August 17, 2022

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    Newenglandah  over 1 year ago

    Didn’t the Republicans tell us that climate change was a liberal hoax?

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    Not the Smartest Man On the Planet -- Maybe Close Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Nice. And dry — in more ways than one.

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    AndrewSihler  over 1 year ago

    Witty image, and original. For good reason, editorial cartoonists often have trouble avoiding what looks like (but probably isn’t) imitation.

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    wellis1947 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Here in New Mexico we have something called xeriscaping done with rocks and gravel and low/no water plants – works just fine.

    At my house, I keep the majority of the 5 acres “natural” with native grasses and cacti – I keep a back yard of about 100×70 feet in gravel. dirt and “Astroturf” for my dogs.

    I think I’ve finally broken my wife from any idea of gardening, so the idea of $3 cherry tomatoes is fading away – Kroger and Whole Foods provide all the produce we need.

    Water has ALWAYS been a precious resource out here, and to waste it trying to grow non-native “anything” is almost a capital crime.

    Just remember, Southern California and most of Arizona really is a desert and should be treated as such – just because you CAN grow stuff there with enough water doesn’t mean you SHOULD grow stuff there.

    And it should ASLSO be noted that the Ogallala Aquifer took thousands of years to develop and currently it is being used mor rapidly than it’s being replaced!

    We are currently using our water resources at an unsustainable level and the bill for that is coming due.

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    guyjen2004 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I water my lawn from time to time but only when there’s been no rain. I don’t need a lawn that will make the cover of a magazine, but I don’t want it to die. I have the advantage of having a well, so I could water it all I want, but that’s wear and tear on the well pump and I have a water filtration system that I have to by-pass every time I use the sprinklers. Honestly, it’s a bit of a pain.

    We have a water restriction in place in my town and probably every other town in the region. In some cases, it’s an outright ban on watering or washing the car. Obviously, if you’re on a well that doesn’t apply. I live off of a private road and my driveway is 600+ feet through the woods, so nobody can see if I’m watering my lawn. But for those on a well who are visible from the road have found they need to put a sign out that informs people that they are using a well and are not on municipal water. Otherwise, somebody rats them out to the town. Even then, somebody may call the town thinking you put out the sign but are lying about the well. I believe these are people who would rat out their neighbors in Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union had they been there.

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    Nantucket Premium Member over 1 year ago

    My neighbor turns his hose on and waters the sidewalk as much as the grass. Plenty of people in the neighborhood walk dogs and/or have babies in strollers. Often he turns the hose on and leaves in his car, and the hose has been on for HOURS. Lately I’ve started turning the hose off when I see him do this; even his guests and our disabled neighbor have had to walk in the street because he is so ignorant.

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    knutdl  over 1 year ago

    Time is running out.

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    knutdl  over 1 year ago

    Fill the hole in the lawn with concrete.

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    pamela welch Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I just read where the city of Aurora, CO is putting in an 18-hole golf course in the Spring … it’s part of a previously approved planned community. But good grief, have we learned nothing??? I don’t care how ‘conservation-friendly’ it’s supposed to be. The water used to sustain that ‘toy’ for a privileged few is simply unconscionable.

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    GreenT267  over 1 year ago

    Caught part of an interesting discussion on the radio a week or so ago. An expert on ice ages commented that, yes, ice ages are ‘natural’ but do to climate change, the next one is apt to come on sooner than predicted. He then reminded listeners that human civilization (e.g., with established countries, city-states, etc.) has existed entirely during a single warm interglacial period. The continents, oceans, lakes, rivers, etc. have been pretty much unchanged for our entire civilized history. We tend to think of the world as we know it as constant. But it isn’t. And if our species is to survive, we need to understand the vastness of the changes that will occur.

    Ice ages are all about change, adjusting the earth to keep it going. At least five major ice ages have occurred throughout Earth’s history: the earliest was over 2 billion years ago, and the most recent one began approximately 3 million years ago and continues today. Currently, we are in a warm interglacial period that began about 11,000 years ago. In the last glaciation period [20,000 years ago], glaciers covered almost one-third of Earth’s land mass and the oceans dropped 400 feet lower than they are today. That’s when the American Great Lakes were formed. But it took about 17,000 years for them to obtain their current shapes. During the preceding warm interglacial period, the sea level was about 18 feet higher than it is now. But, during the warm spell that preceded that one, about three million years ago, the oceans were 165 feet higher. That is what ice ages are all about — reshaping the earth to keep it balanced. Continents move. Mountains get pushed up, canyons appear and fill with water. Animals and plants adjust, move or die out.

    Mother Nature doesn’t care about human political borders, about ‘land ownership’. She is in the business of balancing the entire world. She doesn’t have time to worry about the little details. So, what are we going to do?

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    Rich Douglas  over 1 year ago

    Desert landscaping and solar panels.

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    rossevrymn  over 1 year ago

    Anthropology……………………………that’s the science one needs to understand right-wing populism. Anthropologically, a high percentage of the population does not weather change well, no matter their political affiliation. Right-wing populism is a reflection of a particularly strong and immature reaction to change. It doesn’t matter the change, societal, economic, the weather, many people will not accept obvious truths, and right-wing populism is case-study of our times for this reality.

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    BeniHanna6 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    If Gov. Newsom and the legislature in California would get serious, they would outlaw lawns in California and cancel the of closing Diablo Canyon. Along with changing the laws that are requiring certain levels of out-flow from the northern CA reservoirs. Cold reality is hitting California hard and the politicians need to get a clue quickly.

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