Staunton, December 27 – Because of Moscow’s complaints against Kyiv, the entire world knows that Russian-occupied Crimea is suffering from a serious water crisis (
The climate is always changing, she notes; but now, as a result of human action, “we see happening in the course of a single generation that which earlier took place over the course of 500 years.” Our winters are shortening, our falls lengthening, and our climate shifting in the direction of the Mediterranean pattern.
Until very recently, Balabukh says, experts in Ukraine talked about climate change only as something that would affect the situation in the far distant future. But now, she continues, they understand that this is “a very serious problem” here and now. In some places already, there isn’t enough potable water or even water for agriculture and industry.
“In general,” she continues, “Ukraine is not very well supplied with potable water.” Climate change, which is accelerating, only make this situation worse because it is happening in Ukraine at “twice the rate” of the remainder of the planet. There simply isn’t enough water anymore, and much of it is increasingly saline and thus not useful for human consumption.