NASA Projects 50 Year Droughts in the Future

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NASA’s prediction for the next 50 years of droughts is sobering.

Naturally occurring droughts – like the “dust bowl” in the 1930’s – occur for several years, or perhaps even a decade. But NASA’s models show human induced climate change extending droughts by 20-30 years, putting major stresses on water management and agriculture in the vulnerable Southwestern USA.

The most important part of this video is the contrasting future climate models. In the first, the “business as usual” model, where we continue pumping high levels of CO2 into the atmosphere, droughts will last much longer. But in the second, the model where humanity acts to cut emissions, the droughts are far less intense. Meaning, there’s still hope if humanity get its act together to drastically reduce emissions.

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