In Volume 47 Issue 2 of our quarterly magazine, we took a look at the ongoing California water crisis, and there are some stark facts that stand out. An estimated 38.8 million people live in California today, more than double the 15.7 million people who lived there in 1960. During that same period, the state’s labor force exploded to 18.9 million, from 6.4 million. That expansion has contributed to the growth of California’s $2.2 trillion economy (the 7th largest in the world), as well as to the state’s water crisis.
You can read more about the water crisis here, including how continued population growth means that current measures to cope are destined to be short-term fixes.