According to a new study, our activities as humans might have contributed to the increased cases of drought throughout the years. In fact, it is believed that the droughts in the coming years will be worse. And with that, a huge budget needs to be allocated for a number of things to sustain a good quality of life. Remember, we all need to have enough food and drinking water. We also need to have funds that can fight off wildfires and a large sum of money for healthcare.
What influenced the risk of droughts?
Last Wednesday, a research was published where it shared the common reasons that might have affected droughts on the planet. These are the following:
- power plants
- other human activities
Droughts over the years
From 1900 to 1949 (cases of droughts increased) – During this period, humans are believed to increase greenhouse gas emissions.
From 1950 to 1975 (cases of droughts decreased) – The number of droughts declined due to the production of aerosols. According to earlier studies, aerosols can influence rainfall. However, the relation between these two needs to be further studied.
From 1976 onwards – (cases of droughts have been going up) – With the number of the population increasing rapidly, the carbon footprint increases as well. Big companies are putting larger power plants and the demand for water increased.
Based on observation, these periods have corresponding human activities that might have influenced the cases of droughts.
What are the effects of droughts in our lives?
Some of you might think that droughts are just a part of the world’s natural cycle. While that is true, our activities can directly affect its severity and frequency. If we don’t act right away, it will take a toll on our health. In this part of the post, we will summarize the effects of droughts on our lives.
You see, the environment is interconnected, if one moves, the rest will follow.
- Farmers will lose a lot of money if the crops will die due to drought
- Businesses that depend on crops might shut down
- Businesses related to boats and fishing might shut down as well because the lakes are already dry
- Power companies using hydroelectric power might need to invest in other sources and it will add cost to the consumers
- Destruction of wildlife and fish habitat
- Disease in wild animals because of lack of food and water
- Extinction of endangered species
- Depression to humans brought by economic turmoil
- Health problems related to the low or poor source of water
Quite frankly, there are still more things we can add to this list. But the bottom line is, droughts can be deadly and as humans, we have to think of ways on how we can minimize its effects.
How to reduce the impacts of drought?
Avoid overusing the supply of water
This is as simple as turning off the faucet when not in use. Practice this when you are washing the dishes or taking a shower. In fact, in other countries, they still use pail and dipper to bathe themselves. Yes, it might be primitive but it can save a lot of water.
Reuse water, if possible
A number of households are now investing in technology to reuse rainwater. If that’s too costly for you, just don’t pour your used water down the drain. Instead, use it for watering the plants too.
Protect your water supply
And lastly, we also need to protect our water supply from pollutants like chemicals. Otherwise, the water we are trying to save will be useless.
Do you have more ideas on how we can prevent the impacts of drought? Share it with us.