look upon the phil collins song, ye mighty, and despair
Phil wishes it would rain down, down on him - and Australia.
I was doing some restoration stuff out in Boulder on Saturday, part class, part Earth Day celebration, and one of the volunteers asked what I knew "about water."
I don't know if she had this rather shocking story on her mind - I know I didn't - but I suggested that if she was interested in water issues and the fate of drought-sensitive land like Colorado, she should look to Australia: of all the "First World" countries, Australia has some of the least environmentally-appropriate practices, and is considered by people who know as a sort of a bellweather for The Shape of Things To Come, since we here in the U.S. have attempted to wrap the facts of the land around our own very similar cultural story for just about as long.
(sorry about the delay finishing that sentence - blogger was apparently down for a bit...)