Dear EarthTalk: Could it really be true that we are in the midst of the worst drought in the
The United States is embroiled in the worst drought since the “Dust Bowl” days of the 1930s. The current drought started in 2012, the hottest year on record in the U.S.
Indeed we are embroiled in what many consider the worst drought in the
The current drought started in 2012, the hottest year on record in the
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that drought conditions are likely to remain in the central and western sections of the U.S. while expanding in California, the Southwest, the southern Rockies and Texas. The
While it may not feel like we are living in a dust bowl, the drought does affect all of us, primarily in the pocket book. Reduced crop harvests means higher prices for food items of all kind. Likewise, the cost of piping drinking water to our homes’ faucets is on the rise with freshwater reserves becoming a hotter and hotter commodity. And our tax dollars pay for emergency response missions in the case of wildfires and other warming-related weather disasters.
And just as drought conditions affect each and every one of us, we each have the power to help fix the situation by reducing our own carbon footprints. Only through individual and collective efforts to drive and fly less and switch over to renewable non-polluting fuels can we stem the tide of global warming that is either causing or exacerbating what is beginning to feel like a drought with no end.
CONTACT: NOAA, www.noaa.gov.
Credit: NOAA George E. Marsh Album
Pictured: A dust storm approaches Stratford, Texas in 1935.
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