California’s worsening drought is an environmental disaster, the result of multiple years of below-average rainfall and above-average heat and very likely amplified, experts say, by man-made climate change.
But not everyone is suffering the unprecedented deficit equally. Some, you might even go so far as to say, are winning.
Karen Piper, a professor at the University of Missouri and the author of “The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos,” an examination of how the privatization of water is co-opting a fundamental human right, has studied water scarcity across six continents. But when Salon asked her last fall about some of the more egregious places where she saw private control of water going wrong, she immediately answered: California.