Dust bowl looms if US Southwest drought plans fail
THEY like their beef in Texas. So when Texan ranchers started offloading their cattle at bargain prices because pastures were parched - as they did this summer - it was a clear sign that this was no ordinary drought.
While rains in October brought some relief, further drought is forecast, which will add to losses already exceeding $5 billion. The bigger question is whether the Texan rancher’s pain is a harbinger of things to come for the entire Southwest - and if so, what the broader impact on Americans living in the region will be.
Climate models indicate that the Southwest will get drier in the coming decades, threatening water supplies already under pressure from a growing population and ageing infrastructure.
Very bad water problems in the Southwest.