October 2012 is the 332nd consecutive month with an above-average temperature. If you were born in or after April 1985, if you are right now 27 years old or younger, you have never lived through a month that was colder than average. State of the Climate: Global Analysis October 2012
(NOAA). While $50 billion Sandy has had the spotlight, the biggest natural disaster of 2012 (in the US) has been the Great Drought
still ongoing which is expected to cut America's GDP by 0.5 to 1% for the year. The death toll from the heat waves that accompanied this year's drought will exceed that of Sandy. This Sunday and Monday, Ken Burns premiers his new documentary "The Dust Bowl"
, on PBS. (via
posted by stbalbach
on Nov 16, 2012 -
Georgia's going dry -- and we're not talking liquor stores.
Record temperatures in Georgia and a long drought have left many Georgia cities wondering when the taps will run dry. Some towns
have only a few weeks of water left, while rivers
near Athens have nearly dried up. A broken water main
hasn't helped the problem, and some fear that the University of Georgia campus there may shut down
for lack of water. What's more, Atlanta
itself is already feeling the pressure, as Lake Lanier, a water source for 3 million residents, falls
by 1.5 feet per week and has only a three month supply remaining. While there have been more severe
(pdf) droughts in Georgia's history, rising population numbers have increased demand to now unsustainable levels.
posted by InnocentBystander
on Oct 13, 2007 -
Global warming approaching point of no return...
Climate change: report warns point of no return may be reached in 10 years, leading to droughts, agricultural failure and water shortages. The possibilities include reaching climatic tipping points leading, for example, to the loss of the West Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets (which, between them, could raise sea level more than 10 metres over the space of a few centuries), the shutdown of the thermohaline ocean circulation (and, with it, the Gulf Stream), and the transformation of the planet's forests and soils from a net sink of carbon to a net source of carbon. Countdown to global catastrophe
posted by y2karl
on Jan 24, 2005 -