Now amazingly, the victim had actually been following the guidelines on water restrictions for the Sydney area when this happened. Those state that you can, in fact, water your lawn before 10a.m. and after 4p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays.
So was this the case of an overly zealous environmental advocate or simply the maniac next door?
I suggest it may be neither.
More likely it was the predictable results of what happens to people in general when resources become scarce. Just as problems get worse, the average citizen becomes more acutely aware of the shortage and how it is affecting their own personal lifestyle. Existing tensions become exacerbated by the problem, and conditions become ripe for tragedies such as this.
At least in my view, this is a perfect example of one of the potential "retail" effects of climate change as opposed to the "wholesale" effects of whole nations and states going to war with each other.
Let's hope we get our act together soon.