"Western North America Faces 21St Century 'Mega-Drought'"

"CORVALLIS, Oregon -- The climate's 'new normal' for most of the coming century will parallel the long-term drought that hit western North America from 2000 to 2004 -- the most severe drought in 800 years - scientists report in a study published Sunday."

"'The severity and incidence of climatic extremes, including drought, have increased as a result of climate warming,' the researchers said, adding that these long-term trends are consistent with a 21st century 'megadrought.'

Crops and forests died and river basins dried, but as bad as conditions were during the 2000-04 drought, in the future they may be seen as the good old days, a group of 10 researchers warned Sunday in the journal 'Nature Geoscience.'"

Environment News Service had the story July 30, 2012.


"Scientists Warn It’S the ‘New Norm’ After Worst Drought in 800 Years" (Toronto Globe and Mail)

"Dust Bowl, 1988 Both Eclipse 2012 Drought, Scientists Say" (ClimateWire)

Source: ENS, 07/31/2012