An Inconvenient Thirst: See Jay Famiglietti's60 Minutes Segment “Depleting the Water”

UPDATE, NOV. 17, 4:15 P.M.: In case you missed the top story on 60 Minutes last night, click play above or follow this link to the complete segment “Depleting the Water,” which prominently features UC Irvine/JPL water scientist Jay Famiglietti.

READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smart use of our most precious resource before it's too late. Will we listen?



ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 13, 9:02 A.M.: Today's cover subject has given briefings to the Pentagon about current and possible future regions of the planet prone to conflicts over water. To give an idea of how much in demand University of California Irvine/Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist James Famiglietti is, check out his looming itinerary.

Nov. 13-14: Western Governors' Drought Forum, Sacramento. “Drought Impacts and Solutions in the Agricultural Sector.”

Nov. 14: President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), via live streaming. Briefing with John Holdren, assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and his team at 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET.

Nov. 16: 60 Minutes, CBS. Working with the producers on a story scheduled to air after NFL game ends in the east, 7 p.m. PT. (“I'm hoping for a solid 45 seconds of face time.”)

Nov. 20: Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable, at NASA's Ames Research Center, Mountain View. “State of the Drought: California Water Sustainability Assessment.”

Nov. 24: Southern California water managers drought meeting, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach.

Dec. 15-19: American Geophysical Union 2014 Fall Meeting, San Francisco Likely the biggest meeting of climate and earth scientists in the world is expected to draw up to 25,000 participants. Famiglietti's team will deliver 13 presentations during the course of the week. There is a planned NASA JPL press conference called “California's Epic Drought as Viewed from Space” at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, that will provide updates on GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) and other satellites to characterize the drought and groundwater.

See also:
An Inconvenient Thirst: 9 Global Hot Spots
An Inconvenient Thirst: Jay Famiglietti Reader
An Inconvenient Thirst: 6 Videos on UCI/JPL's Alarming Groundwater Research

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