Australia Faces Collapse as Climate Change Kicks in: Are the Southwest and California Next?

Australia is the canary in the coal mine for climate-driven desertification.

Australia has been suffering its worst heatwave on record, the first time temperatures exceeded 110 F for 3 days running. It’s been so hot that on Thursday, the low at Melbourne airport was 87 F.

Australia is the canary in the coal mine for climate-driven desertification. The astonishing decade-long drought in southern Australia was declared ‘worst on record’ last year. My headline quote is from the UK’s Independent story, which ... Full Story »

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by Marsha Iverson - Feb. 10, 2009

Solid--and vivid--description of existing crisis in Australia, and looming problems for much of the world as climate change increases. Essential reading for anyone who expects the planet to be habitable in, say, 20 years.

We have expanded and stretched and pushed the environment's carrying capacity to and beyond its reasonable limits, relying on our belief in a technical 'fix' to solve the problems we're creating--a deus ex machina that will save us from ourselves before we wring the last drop of water out of the last well. Since we began to walk upright, humans have sought ways to beat the odds of shortage: not enough heat? Control fire! Not enough food to forage? Grow your own. Stuff is too heavy ... More »

Two years ago, Science (subs. req’d) published research that “predicted a permanent drought by 2050 throughout the Southwest” — levels of aridity ... More »

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by Daniel Carrasquillo - Feb. 3, 2010

Very factual and very important information that is stated, and people should hear of this story to better understand the global impact global warming is having on our planet.,

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