Sunday, November 22, 2009
Weather and politics
There will be, of course. The only real question is whether or not anyone will have learned anything from the last time. Probably not.
I finished reading Storm World recently and am currently reading a theme issue of Mother Jones that focuses on climate change and environmental disaster. It's scary stuff. California's Central Valley, long viewed as an agricultural Eden, is turning into a dust bowl due to lack of water for irrigation -- and there's no water for irrigation because the snowpack in the mountains irrigation relies isn't as deep as it used to be. Farmers are clamoring for water and blaming government policies for their woes, but it's real hard to give the farms something that no longer exists. Island nations like Tuvalu and the Maldives are facing possibly vanishing if ocean levels rise very much.