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The Next Dust Bowl

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I do not believe that most Americans -- and that includes most policymakers and the media -- understand the convergence of the recent scientific literature on the extreme threat posed directly to this country of Dust-Bowlification.

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Kit B (276)
Friday June 1, 2012, 8:31 am

Excerpt from article:

Human adaptation to prolonged, extreme drought is difficult or impossible. Historically, the primary adaptation to dust-bowlification has been abandonment; the very word ‘desert’ comes from the Latin desertum for ‘an abandoned place’. During the relatively short-lived US Dust-Bowl era, hundreds of thousands of families fled the region. We need to plan how the world will deal with drought-spurred migrations and steadily growing areas of non-arable land in the heart of densely populated countries and global bread-baskets. Feeding some 9 billion people by mid-century in the face of a rapidly worsening climate may well be the greatest challenge the human race has ever faced.

Now, Dust-Bowl conditions could stretch all the way from Kansas to California by mid-century. America’s financial future and the health and safety of our people are at serious risk if greenhouse gas pollution is not brought under control quickly. The food security of all of humanity is at risk. Denial is simply not an option, the time for action is now.


Here is the whole article:

Which impact of anthropogenic global warming will harm the most people in the coming decades? I believe that the answer is extended or permanent drought over large parts of currently habitable or arable land — a drastic change in climate that will threaten food security and may be irreversible over centuries.

A basic prediction of climate science is that many parts of the world will experience longer and deeper droughts, thanks to the synergistic effects of drying, warming and the melting of snow and ice.

Precipitation patterns are expected to shift, expanding the dry subtropics. What precipitation there is will probably come in extreme deluges, resulting in runoff rather than drought alleviation. Warming causes greater evaporation and, once the ground is dry, the Sun’s energy goes into baking the soil, leading to a further increase in air temperature. That is why, for instance, so many temperature records were set for the United States in the 1930s Dust Bowl; and why, in 2011, drought-stricken Texas saw the hottest summer ever recorded for a US state. Finally, many regions are expected to see earlier snowmelt, so less water will be stored on mountain tops for the summer dry season. Added to natural climatic variation, such as the El Niño–La Niña cycle, these factors will intensify seasonal or decade-long droughts. Although the models don’t all agree on the specifics, the overall drying trends are clear.

I used to call the confluence of these processes ‘desertification’ on my blog,, until some readers pointed out that many deserts are high in biodiversity, which isn't where we’re heading. ‘Dust-bowlification’ is perhaps a more accurate and vivid term, particularly for Americans — many of whom still believe that climate change will only affect far-away places in far-distant times.

Prolonged drought will strike around the globe, but it is surprising to many that it would hit the US heartland so strongly and so soon.

**This is not the full article, but, does give a glimpse into what is coming if we don't react to the dangers. Rarely discussed but ever on the minds of climate scientist and farmers is just how dangerously close we are currently to suffering another dust bowl scenario, this one much larger and far more dangerous. There are many links with in the article that add to the knowledge and give thoughts from other credible scientists.

By Joseph Romm for Think Progress

Kelly R (6)
Friday June 1, 2012, 8:39 am
doesn't this make you wonder if the FEDS are using HAARP, in order to create this picture, and this gives the Globalist entire control of our planet, and or the countries they want wiped out. US being one of them.

TomCat S (128)
Friday June 1, 2012, 8:39 am
I've read similar before and agree.

Jason S (50)
Friday June 1, 2012, 8:49 am
People most changes there way so, we all going to paid a price for it

Sue H (7)
Friday June 1, 2012, 8:49 am
Truly frightening.... deniers must get their heads out of the sand and make an effort. Zero Population Growth should be on the Worlds minds as well. sigh

Nancy C (806)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 1:44 pm
Perhaps they have a plan for USA land already in the making...again

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 6:40 pm
Thankyou for posting this article, Kit!
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