Browsing the "Drought" Category

Is the World Running Out of Clean Water?

October 28th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

With the world’s population approaching 7 billion people, we are encountering a threat of a lack of clean drinking water. Now is the time to start conserving water and considering processes to alleviate the lack of clean drinking water

NASA's Top Climate Scientist: U.S. South Could Become Uninhabitable

October 4th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Well, it doesn't come as a huge surprise to see this statement from NASA's James Hansen, perhaps the top climate scientist in the world. But it's a statement we seem to keep ignoring. Here's the statement I'm referring to: “Climate change — human-made global warming — is happening. It is already having noticeable impacts…. If we stay on with business as usual, the southern U.S. will become almost uninhabitable.”

US Disasters in 2011 Set New Record

September 27th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Yep, that's a graph of U.S. disasters according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Looks a bit like the graphs of greenhouse gas emissions, doesn't it? Looks completely opposite the trend of Arctic sea ice. Strange

Temperature Extremes Projected To Worsen

September 27th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Scientists estimate that within the next decade or so extremely hot temperatures will occur every Summer in regions that only occasionally experience extreme temperatures. Warming of the planet is occurring globally

Hottest Summer Ever for Texas, Breaks US Record

September 9th, 2011 | by Tom Schueneman

Texas has broken the record for the hottest summer in US history, the previous was set in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl of 1934. Intense drought persists over on-third of the 48 contiguous United States while record rainfall hit the Northeast, parts of California, and the Northern Plains.

Extreme Wildfires & Drought Strike Extreme Global Warming Denying State, Texas

September 7th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

If you haven't heard, Texas has been fighting massive wildfires this week. Yes, the state forced to pray for rain that denies climate science, for the most part (their state climate scientists don't), is getting hit with tremendous natural disasters. We haven't covered the Texas wildfires much (so little time, so much to cover), so thought I'd share this excellent coverage of the topic by Dr. Joe Romm of Climate Progress. Check it out (full repost below the top picture): Here is irony befitting a Shakespearean tragedy. Gov. Rick Perry finally got what he called on all Texans to pray for — some rain – but it was almost entirely dumped elsewhere and the winds of Tropical Storm Lee merely served to stoke the most brutal wildfires anyone had ever seen

"Climate is on Steroids"

August 17th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Can you guess which major media outlet made that analogy? NYTimes? No, it's one of the worst sources of climate change news and commentary these days. Washington Post? If only! FOX News? OK, yes, that would be absurd -- hope the idea made you laugh, at least

Could Icebergs be Towed to Areas Suffering Drought?

August 15th, 2011 | by Shellee Tyler

Throughout the world many areas are facing severe droughts. It is a growing problem that most likely will get worse over the next century. One of the worst hit areas at the present moment is in the Horn of Africa. Drinkable water is becoming harder to come by, as they face a severe drought with little to no hope in sight.

Rick Perry: Praying for Rain, Ignoring Climate Science

August 6th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

The sad thing is not that Texas Governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry is rallying his state to prayer for rain -- prayer is all the state's got at this point in the midst of this massive, harmful, record drought and heat wave. The sad thing is, Rick Perry and his GOP are doing nothing to prevent future heat waves and droughts like this or worse from doing even more harm. Climate science is clear and sound. It has been developed over centuries! However, fossil-fuel-funded Republicans like Perry are ignoring it and claiming it is a hoax to make a buck. I don't think that's very in-line with the teaching of Christ or any other religious leader. Since when was it moral to sacrifice the lives and basic necessities of billions so that you can make more money and have more power

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