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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Severe droughts may be the new normal

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Hate to break it to you, but we can no longer take our water for granted ... so stop wasting it.

From MSNBC.com:

Increasingly dry conditions across much of the globe — including the U.S. — are likely over the next 30 years, a new study predicts. Moreover, by the year 2100 drought in some regions could be unprecedented in modern times.

Increasing drought has long been forecast as a consequence of warming temperatures, but the study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research projects serious impacts as soon as the 2030s. Impacts by century's end could go beyond anything in the historical record, the study suggests.

"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," study author Aiguo Dai said in a statement. "If the projections in this study come even close to being realized, the consequences for society worldwide will be enormous."

Read the entire article here.

While this is the type of news to get apocalypse watchers' panties in a wad, I'd like to challenge them, and everyone else, to find the passage in the Bible where God goes, "Ruin the planet through greed, excess and ignorance, then I'll swoop down and save you for doing such a great job."

Here's a peek at the documentary Blue Gold that explores the likelihood of future water wars:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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