The Effects Of Drought On Human Consumption

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Throughout the past century many areas of the Western United States have faced agricultural concerns, many environmental hazards, and economical stressors stemming from severe drought. According to, a drought can be described as a period of unusually dry weather that persists long enough to cause environmental or economic problems. (Oskin, 2014) Droughts are natural occurrences that have been happening for hundreds of years, and although their effects haven’t been documented that long, scientists have been able to identify their impacts by using various research methods. Droughts are fairly complex issues that can have many impacts on humans as well as be influenced by human interactions with the environment. Negative impacts are being felt currently in the Western US and are not showing signs of slowing up. Drought is highly dependent on human consumption of water be it for agricultural, industrial, or household uses. There are many issues regarding human consumption of water, but one of the most notable is the fact that we have very little fresh water available that can be accessed and used by humans. According to the USGS, “about 71% of the Earth’s surface is water covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5% of all Earth’s water” (Perlman, 2014). This is a pretty humbling statistic, and brings to light how easily water can become scarce. With less than 3% of the Earth’s water being readily available for consumption, humans do not have much room for waste.
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