Bolivia’s second largest lake disappears – another victim of climate change

Bolivian Lake
July 2016 BOLIVIAA livelihood in Bolivia’s high plains has suddenly disappeared, and a population that relied on the dried-up lake for centuries suddenly became refugees of climate change with nowhere to go. The civilization that once thrived around Lake Poopó was forced to leave when the waterway dwindled, dying a slow death that was blamed on a lethal combination of drought, changing climate and failures by the government to keep it alive. Sitting more than 12,000 feet above sea level, Poopó shrunk for years before vanishing entirely just months ago. “The lake was our mother and our father,” Adrián Quispe, a fisherman who lives in Llapallapani, told the Times. “Without this lake, where do we go?”
Over the past two years, many of the indigenous Uru-Murato people who lived in the area went to work in the lead mines or salt flats 200 miles from the lake, the Times report also said. At this point, fewer than 650 Uru-Murato still live in the three villages where they once flourished. The saline lake spanned as much as 1,200 square miles, but its shallow nature allowed it to evaporate rather quickly, especially during El Niño years. At the end of last year – a year in which El Niño was very strong – Lake Poopó was declared drained.
Scientists have also placed some of the blame on officials who made several missteps when they had the chance to preserve the lake. Researcher Lisa Borre told National Geographic that the Bolivian government could’ve done more to manage the water supply and enact plans to keep the lake alive, but they failed. The result of those failures, paired with the impacts of climate change, was the permanent loss of Bolivia’s second-largest lake. “This is a picture of the future of climate change,” German glaciologist Dirk Hoffman told the Associated Press.  –Weather Channel

“Earth’s stability is collapsing…and one by one, the biospheric processes regulating life itself are going awry. These are early characteristics of climate shock and are indications that even more ominous changes are yet to unfold. The fact that Earth’s systems are crashing in concert (climate, biodiversity and ecosystems, atmosphere, aquifers, and geological processes) is evidence geological change is accelerating on a planetary scale…we may not all be on the same page now that change is underway on planet Earth but sooner or later, we’ll all be in the same boat as environmental refugees from the change that will inevitably neutralize biological conditions on the planet.” –The Extinction Protocol by Alvin Conway, page 9, 2009 (1st edt)
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7 Responses to Bolivia’s second largest lake disappears – another victim of climate change

  1. “Bolivia’s. Second. Lake. Is. Disappearing”-
    The. Main. Outcomes. – is. Just. The. Same. As. The. “Lack of. Water” to. All. The. Environment-
    that. Include. ” DROUGHT” FOR. HUMAN BEINGS, meaning. People might. Not. Drink. Water. Any. More. ! DROUGHT. FOR. THE. SOIL. AND. GROUND ITSELF, implying. No. More. Agriculture, and. Thus no. More. Trade. And. Vegerables. Markets,, Drought, implying. Thus, no. More Tourism
    civilization. Unravelling, Drought. ! Implying. No. More. Water. For. Animals, too,
    All. The. Environment – Societies – Human beings, – as. Much. As. The. Soil. Itself, will. Suffer
    from. A. Drought. Which. Will cause a. Geopological. Change. Hence, it. Will cause a. Changement
    in. The. Ecology too,,(including. The. Air. In. This environment)-

    The Solution ,,, To. Try. As much. As. Possible. To – have. A. Water. Reservoir-
    FROM. THE. RAIN-WATER, OR. FROM. OTHER. SEA SOURCES. WHICH WILL HAVE
    TO. BE. DISALIANETED,,
    This issue. Belongs. To. The “Climate. Change. And. Weather. Control”-

    MARY WW CASSIN

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  2. ozspeaksup says:

    shallow saline lake
    so
    when was the prior dryup?
    another elnino yr?

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  3. ozspeaksup says:

    ah..here
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1623/hysj.51.1.98
    it went dry in the 1940s 70s and 90s
    so co2 etc has little to do with it
    use of the river draining INTO it..has a bearing also

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    • Jason Calley says:

      Hey ozspeaksup! Exactly. Even without increased water usage from the river that drains in to it, it would be disappearing. Poopo is merely the remainder of a large lake that has been slowly disappearing for thousands of years. It is bordered by the largest salt flats on the planet. Just as the Great Salt Lake of Utah (here in the US) is the drying remnant of a much older and MUCH larger lake, Poopo is just the last part of another much larger and older lake. Catastrophic Manmade Global Warming has nothing to do with it — not unless CO2 has a time machine that lets it go back into ancient history.

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  4. Wayne Scott says:

    I have read that the sun is now in a significant cooling phase and that a Maunder Minimum (mini ice age) will begin in 2020 and last until 2050. This will be the end of global warming for decades.

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  5. ac says:

    “Scientists have also placed some of the blame on officials who made several missteps when they had the chance to preserve the lake. Researcher Lisa Borre told National Geographic that the Bolivian government could’ve done more to manage the water supply and enact plans to keep the lake alive, but they failed.”
    This article is really lacking in important details, and is basically an oped piece, it is in no way scientific or thorough. What could the gov’t have done? What is the history of water levels there? LAME. Why do you carry lame articles like this?

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  6. chaz says:

    of course this has nothing to do with the Bush family taking control of the biggest aquifer in the region 10 years ago…

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