Is the scorching of the planet earth at hand? The seasons are not only getting hotter but it is also beginning to get dryer. Scientists have declared the year 2014 as one of the hottest in Earth’s history and now another survey predicted that the driest spell is about to hit the planet.
Three Institutions whose expertise concerning Earth’s climate are beyond question, are of the same mind that the worst dry season is about to come. NASA, Columbia and Cornell Universities, all agree that it’s not only California that should prepare for the worst but the entire country as well. The drought condition about to happen is expected to be the worst in a 1,000 years. Included are the south-west states and the central plains.
Man is highly to blame for all the warming and drought effects that is expected to strike the planet according to the scientists.
“Nearly every year is going to be dry toward the end of the 21st century, compared with what we think of as normal conditions now,” said Ben Cook from Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the lead author of the study. “We’re going to have to think about a much drier future in western North America.”
The increasing temperature and the longer drought spell will create havoc in the area bringing devastation to the agricultural system, wiping out both the crops and the animals. The resulting effect will cause the prices of the meat and plant products to soar sky high..
The coming drought is expected to last for more than a third of century or 35 years. The research also included the ramifications of the increase in carbon emissions.
The research team came up with a model program which included the factors that that has bearing to the weather and also incorporating the rate of the spiraling emissions.
According to Dr. Cook, “These mega-droughts during the 1100s and 1200s persisted for 20, 30, 40, 50 years at a time, and they were droughts that no one in US history has ever experienced.”
“The droughts people do know about, like the 1930s ‘dustbowl’ or the 1950s drought or even the ongoing drought in California and the south-west today – these are all naturally occurring droughts that are expected to last only a few years or perhaps a decade. Imagine instead the current California drought going on for another 20 years.”