By William deBuys
With its hovering azure sky and stark landscapes, the yankee Southwest is without doubt one of the so much hauntingly attractive areas on the earth. but awesome inhabitants progress, mixed with the intensifying results of weather switch, is riding the oasis-based society with reference to the edge of a Dust-Bowl-scale catastrophe.
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The main point for society is there’s a good chance things are going to dry out here. . ” If there is such a thing as a climate change establishment, Overpeck is part of it. He has been deeply involved in the labyrinthine world of the IPCC for many years. A child of the United Nations, the IPCC is charged with issuing periodic assessments of the status of climate change research and the predicted effects of climate change on global society and the environment. Overpeck has contributed to multiple assessments, and when the time came to produce the “Fourth Assessment Report,” which appeared in 2007, he was one of twenty-two coordinating lead authors responsible for presenting the physical science of climate change.
The mnemonic for this relationship, from a southwestern point of view, is sexist: the boy child brings welcome winter precipitation, filling the reservoirs crucial to both cities and agriculture, but the girl brings drought. Or so it has been in the past. ” Seager explains that when Earth’s surface and its atmosphere warm up, two things happen. One is the intensification of the hydrologic cycle: warmer air holds more water vapor; more vapor converges in wet regions, and it 26 A Great Aridness rains more there.
The humid smell of laundry was in the air. We had plenty of time to talk, but not an unlimited amount— an important football game (real football, played with the feet) would be televised from England that afternoon. ” He takes an amused pride in this link to American pop culture, marveling at the tourists posing for snapshots and the occasional celebrity guiding a tour. Seager is a bit of a cultural sponge. As we talked, he alluded frequently to the intricacies of Colorado River politics and to Dust Bowl histories and books on western water.
A great aridness : climate change and the future of the American southwest by William deBuys