"Summer’s record heat, drought point to longer-term climate issues"

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miksilvr

This article in The Washington Post describes some of the problems the current drought in the US is causing, and what scientists say we may expect to see in the future if the climate continues to warm. 

The heat and drought feed on each other, worsening conditions, scientists said. When the ground is wet, the water absorbs the sun’s heat and expends it in evaporation; when the earth is dry in a drought, the ground simply warms up.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/summers-record-heat-drought-point-to-longer-term-climate-issues/2012/08/11/e1e6c68c-e313-11e1-a25e-15067bb31849_story.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost 

 

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JTaylor
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With the polar ice caps

With the polar ice caps melting and ocean levels rising, prolonged droughts on every continent, and the majority of rain falling in the oceans each year, perhaps instead of a Keystone XL pollution pipeline, we could invest in a network of coastal desalinization plants and freshwater pipelines to our drought-ridden interior.

And we can legalize Cannabis Sativa and end the US' global prohibition on marijuana so that biomass hemp replaces fossil fuels and nuclear power for the world's energy, and trees for paper and construction materials, therefore cleaning the air, soil, and water on a global scale and reversing the Greenhouse Effect, and the atmospheric changes we're experiencing will be corrected.

Or we can continue to accept fascist/corporate rule and "stay the course" toward drone strikes in Iran.

captbebops
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We may well have the ringside

We may well have the ringside seat to the apocalypse which ironically is starting in 2012 (as if it were a "death wish").  The sad thing is we know it didn't need to happen.

 

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