Beginning of decades long mega drought?
Todd Gleason (WILL radio) talked about this recent USDA video about evidence of drought the west is experiencing could last for decades. The repercussions to California agriculture, cattle culling in western US have a long tail effects on the food supply. Wells going dry, reports of towns buying water and having it trucked in and towns that have sold water, are reconsidering as they may be short themselves.
Yes, it`s possible areas in drought this year will flood next year. However, those who study tree rings say, history shows occasionally droughts do last for decades. As if marketing isn`t challenging enough. A little something extra to keep an eye on.
Life of sw Wells cased with the old arbuckle coffee cans is definitely waning.
Takes a lot of dough to develop water bout 99.9% of folks for one reason or the next dont spend it.
Re: The usefull
Makes one ask about that Real Estate market in those regions , when the faucet & showers fail to respond - - -
Maybe a pull type water trailer toad, for the RV winter resorting , isn't to far fetched - - -
The south bound Pipelines from Canada will have contents way more valuable than tar sands - - -
Buffalo Commons begins the unfortunate reality of population strains of the arid corridor of I-25 westward - - -
Re: Beginning of decades long mega drought?
Good Post BA.
Mega droughts creep in slowly... Over time and could easy last a 20 year spell.
Maybe the northern hemisphere has a mega drought now started.
115 to 120 degree temps in Canada... Melted off artic... Melted Siberia...the afore has already Signaled the drought.
I know there's amazingly Dry in Dakota Now. Got a good strip of rain is total dust within 2 days. Jeez. LoL.
It's gonna be interesting..
Also upside kinda is a mega volcano could bring back an ice age too.
Re: Don't look now but, ....
Interesting fact on the co2 level from 25million yrs ago.
Seems like it got warmer then too.
The book Black Elk Speaks talks about warm and wetter way back... The dinasaurs were walking around.. Indians said those were just other animals then.
And it was warm clear to the North Pole too.
Rick - Atmospheric CO2 was around 400 ppm during the Pliocene, some 5 1/2 to 2 1/2 million years ago.
I of course agree that CO2 is higher than ever in human history, and is changing more rapidly than ever on a percentage basis per year. However, given that it HAS been this high (and much higher) in the past, during periods when life was abundant on this planet, it leads me to be very skeptical that it is all gloom and doom if levels continue to rise.
All life (that we know of) on this planet is carbon-based. Untold quadrillions of tons of carbon have been more or less permanently sequestered in limestone over the last 400 million years. Crustaceans, if anything, are the organisms that are gradually depriving this planet of the basis of life. Pumping out a little hydrocarbon for 200 years until we run out is unlikely to make much difference in the grand scheme of things, but puts a little more plant food in the atmosphere while we develop alternate energy sources. The alternative is a big reduction in the planet's human population, given that the planet cannot sustain 7 billion people without hydrocarbons at this point. More carbon in the biosphere is a good thing, IMO. (let the hate mail begin...)
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Seems like co2 is not a pollutant. As compared to say sulfur dioxide... Nitrous oxide and mercury for examples.
It could be that more co2 is actually a benefit
But government tends to mislead things.
Re: Don't look now but, ....
It`s amazing how mega droughts which occur every few hundred years (millions of years before there were political parties) eventually become political ...."had those Anasazi Indians only driven electric cars, perhaps they wouldn`t have died off". No, mega droughts occurred centuries before the Koch brothers and JR Ewing.
In the video Chief Meteorologist Mark Brusberg says the quote "floods kill people, but droughts kill civilizations" if what we see out west continues for decade. That might not in of itself kill civilization, but would cause a eastward migration to where the water is.
I`ll re link the video, as it`s some important stuff on there.