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Megadrought in U.S. Southwest: A Bad Omen for Forests Globally

Environment  (tags: ecosystems, environment, climate-change, drought, weather, forests, destruction, habitatdestruction, habitat, green, world, wildlife, Sustainabililty, protection, humans, globalwarming, climate )

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Scientists studying a prolonged and severe drought in the southwestern U.S. say that extensive damage done to trees in that region portends what lies in store as other forests worldwide face rising temperatures, diminished rainfall, and devastating fires.

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David C (25)
Friday June 21, 2013, 4:45 am
"Instead of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, this new generation will know Blizzard, Flood, Heat and Fire." -- "New seasons with new names" by Roger Ebert (2013)

Teresa W (782)
Friday June 21, 2013, 5:03 am
sadly noted

Carol H (229)
Friday June 21, 2013, 5:12 am
very sadly noted

Past Member (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 6:07 am
Have to agree with David on thsi. Sad state of affairs.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 6:08 am

Kit B (276)
Friday June 21, 2013, 6:15 am

This year we still do not have real summer, which in Texas means tripe digits. We have had an extremely wet few months, and are still rated 5 on the drought scale from the past years of little or no rain. We really have to find a way to prepare for coming strange and unexpected weather patterns.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday June 21, 2013, 7:51 am
Thank you! (n, p, t)

. (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 10:30 am

Gene J (290)
Friday June 21, 2013, 11:09 am
"As brutal fires torch tinder-dry dense forests and neighboring homes in the American West, researchers are examining the relationships between drought, wildfire, and a warming climate, predicting mass forest die-offs and prolonged megadrought for the Southwest. These forces are accelerating, they say, and already transforming the landscape."

"I donít want to be a prophet of doom,Ē Allen says, after a week juggling fire updates and journalistsí queries. "

Okay, well then, I'll do that myself. Doom does not need be prophesied. It is already evident in the ridiculous swings we have seen in climate patterns. There is no "normal" anymore. Not even up here in MN, last year we had no winter to speak of, 80 degree days in March and summer heat by April. This year a winter that is only really ending this week, it has been cold and wet until a couple days ago. Those wild changes in patterns that have been observed for more than a century, and in archeological terms for much longer than that, are so far out of the ordinary as to be evidence all by themselves of the massive changes occurring on our planet right now. And still no one is serious about doing anything, what is talked about is far too little and far too late. If that is doom, then so be it. We reap what we sow, like it or not.

Mike M (40)
Friday June 21, 2013, 11:32 am
The weather has been causing havoc with animals in there migration and mating seasons so it will accordingly start to make real impact on the ones who helped this change in climate and there will be some real whining when it effects the pockets of the elites

Anders Jonsson (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 11:35 am
Noted with a sad heart!

Malgorzata Zmuda (200)
Friday June 21, 2013, 12:48 pm
to bardzo przykra wiadomość

Karen B (12)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:20 pm
Good info...thanks!

Janet G (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 1:24 pm
Sadly noted.

S S (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 2:53 pm
Thank you.

Christina G (11)
Friday June 21, 2013, 3:02 pm
i live in Northern California near the Oregon border in the Klamath National forest and we have already had Aug heat a couple of weeks ago - we usually get no rain in the summer - just a brief thunder storm or 2 that start lots of fires. Last year a forest fire came to the backyard of my neighbor while we were all evacuated so i thought 'at least we will be better off with all that underbrush burned' but no a firefighter friend informed me, we are worse off with the burned dead trees on precipitous slopes... i am researching how to build a fireproof structure and edible plants that grow in desert conditions....

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 3:08 pm
thank you.

Ann Breeden (65)
Friday June 21, 2013, 4:04 pm
I've lived in New England over half my life. The weather within the last couple of years has been up and down like a yo yo. I've read a book about the opening of the Northwest Passage and am now reading Barbara Kingsolvers's novel, "Flight Behavior" which tells about the plight of the Monarchs.
We've reached a point in our world where we need to do everything possible to help Mother Earth. If we don't we won't have a livable world for our children and grandchildren and the same goes for all living creatures.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Friday June 21, 2013, 4:18 pm
Sadly noted!

lee e (114)
Friday June 21, 2013, 4:57 pm
Thanks gene - of course I agree, but we reap what we sow and it is certainly no surprise to me that we have destroyed our planet - and pardon me while I blame the MF'ers who are directly responsible - I do - and will continue to do so - and will do everything within my power to destroy these perpetrators who are the terrorists that we should be concentrating our defense efforts against - - but never will, because these terrorists are the 1% - plutocrats that are our true enemies! (heaven forfend that I should sound like an alarmist or a fanatic - when it comes to the oppressive tactics of the enemy - which is primarily situated in the GOP, but is also infiltrated in the democratic party and any party that exists on corporate power!

Debra Tate (17)
Friday June 21, 2013, 5:18 pm

Dianne D (490)
Friday June 21, 2013, 5:36 pm
We are in dire straights. I hope that we can turn global warming around and it's not too late. We need to recall any Congress person who sides with big business who want to keep destroying our earth. Our lives depend on it.

Philip Heinlein (474)
Friday June 21, 2013, 6:02 pm
global warming is real, and this is what you get... weather extremes (very wet some places and very dry in others) and extreme weather (mile wide tornados and cat 5 hurricanes). it's already here. wake up.

Birgit W (160)
Friday June 21, 2013, 6:58 pm
Noted, thank you.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Friday June 21, 2013, 9:10 pm
How ironic that ALL the corporations use science to prove the effective benefits of their products i.e. cars improved mpg, big pharma medical breakthroughs, monsatan and their pesticides and con agra's GMO's being proven scientifically good for us and then on the issue of HARD SCIENTIFIC PROOF OF GLOBAL WARMING, oh no that is not hard science. Oh how ever so convenient! We must UNITE AS CITIZENS OF THE WORLD AND FIGHT BACK FOR THE EARTHS SURVIVAL AND OUR OWN!

Past Member (0)
Friday June 21, 2013, 10:45 pm
Thanks Cal

Eternal G (745)
Friday June 21, 2013, 11:34 pm
Horrid but true... our new reality!

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 6:34 am
The thing that I've mainly been doing on Care2 and elsewhere has been planting trees. It's disheartening that this effort may be quite futile.
We must fight the green house gas pollutants in every way - through education, political action, through personal choices and so forth. We live in a beautiful world and we should take care of it for ourselves and for those that will come after us.

Winnie A (179)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 7:59 am
Very sad to say the least.

Teresa García (40)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:29 am

Jason S (50)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 8:55 pm
good posting, thanks

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 11:23 am
So why does anyone eat cattle and other animals when the upkeep of them creates more devastation to land, forests, water, air than all other causes combined? massive amounts of water are used to quench the thirst of domesticated animals (much more than human drinking and other personal consumption) as well as wasted to grow GMO crops to feed them (including corn and soy that their bodies cannot digest!) and the excrement that goes into the water systems and leads into the oceans is enormous! STOP EATING MEAT EVERYONE BEFORE WE RUN OUT OF WATER and CLIMATE CHANGE DESTROYS EARTH'S ECOSYSTEMS.

Frances Darcy (133)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 1:12 am

Sergio P (65)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 9:31 am
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