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Dust Storms
 This article describes a major dust storm in the southwest, and discusses the possibility of such events increasing.

I've been watching for reports like this, anticipating this as a likely effect of climate change.  (It may or may not be related, but even if not, climate change is certainly not going to help.)  America has had a Dust Bowl effect before, and handled it very badly indeed.  Given the current political climate, I doubt a rematch would fare much better.

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lilfluff From: lilfluff Date: July 14th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
We used to get some pretty good dust storms in the 80s, then they went away. But at least unlike the 80s if I get stuck out in one I'm in a car rather than on a bike.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 14th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

We had one here in central Illinois, back then. Dirt all over the yard. A couple years ago, BubbaFail the Farmer decided to plow his field in a high wind. The result was that quite a lot of his soil stormed off in a huff. I mopped quite a lot of it off my counters. Tch. What a mess.
lilfluff From: lilfluff Date: July 14th, 2011 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

Why am I suddenly remembering the phrase, "The only thing common about common sense is the lack of it."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 14th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

Indeed, the two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
From: siliconshaman Date: July 14th, 2011 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Been anticipating that for the last 20 years... it's one of the more predictable parts of global climate change, and a good indicator that sh*t is about to get nasty. [within a 10 year time frame +/- 3 years]
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 14th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

The news itself sucks, but I'm glad to see someone else anticipating it.

Also, I love your icon.
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