Vegas-Style: Laying the Odds of Mega-Drought Destruction in Southwest US

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 16 December 2017



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Vegas-Style: Laying the Odds of Mega-Drought Destruction

The "Bottom Line"

Climate scientists study the odds of a US megadrought,
Cornell University, December 14, 2017.

The above research reveals five megadroughts between 800 to 1300 AD, but gives no word on current odds for a megadrought over the next 100 years. Let me help. Let's go back a few years:


Climate Change Ups Odds of a Southwest Megadrought,
Climate Central, August 29th, 2014.

Is the West’s Dry Spell Really a Megadrought?
Climate Central, December 12th, 2013.



Relative impacts of mitigation, temperature, and precipitation on 21st-century megadrought risk in the American Southwest,
Science Advances, October 5, 2016.

"...push megadrought risk above 70, 90, or 99% by the end of the century,..."



Here's a list of environmental breakdowns as tracked through 2007 & 2008.


It began well before 2000, but was recognized then...

Permanent drought predicted for Southwest,
La Times, 2007


Committee for Democracy


Note that today we are just following the downward trajectory of each aspect of our web of life that we tracked ten years ago. The only difference is all our depredations have advanced, as our physical growth consumes the web of life both directly, by eating it, and while simultanously driving the destruction of our traditional weather patterns out from under the web of life itself.






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