Global warming has led to major storms in Australia, China and the Middle East, and Australia has just experienced a major drought. In the USA, it’s causing the biggest drought since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s?one that isn’t yet being widely reported in the US media.

In the British newspaper the Independent, Andrew Gumbel writes: “America is facing its worst summer drought since the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression. Or perhaps worse still.” He says, “Climatologists see a growing volatility in the south-east’s weather?today?s drought coming close on the heels of devastating hurricanes two to three years ago. In the West, meanwhile, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests a movement towards a state of perpetual drought by the middle of this century.” He quotes NOAA climatolgist Richard Seager as saying, “The 1930s drought lasted less than a decade. This is something that could remain for 100 years.”

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