Saturday, October 30, 2010

Why Global Drying and Drought May Be Our Future, Not Just Global Warming

From Discovery News. Article contains graphics you MUST view.

"We are facing the possibility of widespread drought in the coming decades, but this has yet to be fully recognized by both the public and the climate change research community," Dai said in a statement released by NCAR. "If the projections in this study come even close to being realized, the consequences for society worldwide will be enormous."


"Another noted climate specialist, Richard Seager, of Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, observed: "The term 'global warming' does not do justice to the climatic changes the world will experience in the coming decades. Some of the worst disruptions we face will involve water, not just temperature."

Good thing the ice caps are melting, huh? If food problems exist NOW, imagine what life will be like for your kids and grandkids. Immigration to the north is probably going to ramp up severely over this century, and we'll be more and more largely dependent on Russian, Chinese, and northern Canadian imports for food--you can bet gardening, flushing, showering, and other water use will either be extremely curtailed, or banned altogether. If you drink bottled water now when there's a perfectly good tap water source, you're part of this problem--water bottlers own most of the private water supplies around the country, and as the water gets more and more scarce, the price will climb.

It's not a TOTAL lack of water we'll be suffering from--it's a lack of CLEAN water. Private wells won't help here if they can't be replenished from the rains.

You might want to teach your kids about the benefits of vermiculite or perlite in the garden, as well as slightly clay soil--both hold water and keep the roots damp longer. That way, you can go longer between rains before you have to intervene with your own water.


Post a Comment