Many Americans might not realize it, but the country is headed for a brutal reality check in terms of access to clean, cheap water. Climate change's amplifying effects are turning dry regions into virtual deserts and wet ones into flood zones, setting the stage for a horde of "water-related catastrophes, including extreme flooding, drought, and groundwater depletion," warn scientists at UC Irvine.
The aguapocalypse is "all but certain" to fall on America, as well as many other parts of the world, and could occur as soon as "decades" from now, say the same researchers. And from where are they drawing these grim conclusions? Well, like all scientists who study the climate, they just make them up – kidding! Actually they're monitoring sophisticated instruments designed by the nation's finest engineers. NASA maintains a pair of satellites for its GRACE mission that track the global groundwater supply, and over the years they've developed quite a thorough understanding of the thirst pains the planet could soon suffer.