What Water Crisis?

I often write about what I consider to be the most significant challenge of the 21st century: the looming water crisis. As I explained earlier this year at NPR:

As temperatures rise due to climate change, evaporation and precipitation have increased. This means that the atmosphere holds more water. Unfortunately, the condition is anticipated to lead to storms and floods of increased severity in some parts of the world, with prolonged and more intense droughts elsewhere.

“Extreme extremes,” says [Jay Famiglietti, director of the University of California’s Center for Hydrologic Modeling], which could lead to greater conflict over the scarce resource.

In other words, prepare for water wars. This is a big deal. But based on this new data from the UT Energy Poll, it appears that most of us here in the United States still do not understand what’s taking place on our watch:

What will it take?