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Global Warming: Drought Ahead

Climate change will cause flooding in many regions of the world, as glaciers and ice sheets melt, but in the Southwestern US (the fastest growing region of the country), scientists predict a long drought ahead. It's already happening in Australia.

In the Independent, Kathy Marks writes, "Australia has warned that it will have to switch off the water supply to the continent's food bowl unless heavy rains break an epic drought?heralding what could be the first climate change-driven disaster to strike a developed nation."

This may soon happen to US: in LiveScience.com, Andrea Thompson writes about a new study that shows that "human-induced change in Earth's atmosphere will leave the American Southwest in perpetual drought for the next 90 years."

As greenhouse gases make the air warmer, it can hold more moisture. This water vapor then moves out towards the poles, making dry areas dryer and wet areas wetter, which is why the term "global warming" is really a misnomer: climate change doesn't just make things warmer, it creates weather EXTREMES.

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