Because of the global warming dynamic of climate change, droughts, once rare occurrences, will become commonplace and water sources will continue to dry up, depriving entire states of their most most important resource and forcing the residents of those states to migrate to wetter climes. Tornadoes and hurricanes will become more powerful and more frequent as has already been seen in America’s mid-west. Summers will be longer and spring will be a memory.
California, the home of orange groves, avocado orchards, and bountiful water, will dry up. The oranges and avocados will be replaced by olive trees and the once green and verdant land will become a desert. These changes will take place throughout the western states, and to some degree the southern states, where agriculture will be displaced due to drought conditions. The middle of the country will actually benefit as those states become wetter, creating a more favorable climate for growing crops. This is where many people will want to go, but the infrastructure can only handle so much, and that’s where the trouble will begin as desperate people search for water.
Each day the news cycle spins from world conflict, to politics, to Kim Kardashian or the latest adventures of Prince Harry. There is tragedy such as the Trayvon Martin case, and there is debate over building a pipeline that can only exacerbate global warming. While some of these events and happening can make us happy, or make us sad, there is none so life threatening as the inevitable march of climate change.
Australia has become ground zero for this extinction level event with the imminent prediction of the death of the Great Barrier Reef due to acidification of the oceans as a result of warmer waters, the continuation of long droughts, followed by devastating rains that wash away farms and land as if they never existed, and it’s only just beginning. Why is no one is listening? Even Australia has its naysayers, conservative businessmen and politicians, afraid that government efforts to mitigate the effects of changing weather, may effect their bottom line.
We the people need to be contacting our representatives, and urging them to look at the science and asking them what plans they have for the nightmare that is to come. There are some in place. New York is already making long term plans for the inevitable rise in sea water that will put most of New York City underwater. California is preparing for the disastrous consequences of the coming storm of climate change, as are a few other states. This is being done quietly so as not to alarm the public. The fact is the public needs to be alarmed. The Fox News naysayers and science hating politicians need to be educated, if that’s possible, and we need to come together as a nation to fight this enemy, for if we are not prepared for this advance we will be swept away, just like the dinosaurs so many years ago. If we’re not careful we will be the dinosaurs.
Here’s a whisper of what’s to come:
(Newser) – Soon, the precious commodity that starts wars may not be oil: It’ll be water. Thanks to fresh-water shortages, droughts, and floods, US intelligence thinks it’s increasingly likely that water could be “used as a weapon” in war, with one state denying water to another, according to a report released yesterday. And terrorists, always hungry for “high-visibility structures to attack,” may begin targeting water infrastructure. The estimate is based on both current water policies and trends, and climate change projections, the Washington Post reports.
The warning comes from a declassified version of the National Intelligence Estimate. It doesn’t warn of any specific conflicts, but does note some “strategically important water basins,” like the Nile, the Tigris-Euphrates, and the Indus. While the spies don’t expect any “water-related state conflict” in the next 10 years, they say it’s increasingly likely after that. Hillary Clinton announced a new public-private effort to combat water shortages yesterday as well.
What about you? Are you ready for what’s coming? Are you informed and prepared? If not you should be. You definitely should be. While there is no stopping this monster we can prepare for it’s arrival. We are even now feeling it’s hot breath upon us as where once there were lakes and streams, there are only dry beds and basins and they won’t be coming back. They are gone forever just like life as we know it if we don’t take action now and make planning for radical changes in our weather a top priority. Even as I write this record breaking temperatures are being set all over the nation.