Editor's Note: Scroll down to the story "Silent Springs" from which this very alert comment from Ms. Burgin was taken. What she says certainly adds more cause for reflection about whether we're all moving forward in our water AND land management with eyes wide open, and utilizing the latest and best science available. Contact Ms. Burgin at email@example.com, or go to this web site: http://texasclimateemergency.org/
Alyssa Burgin said... Everything said here is true, and developers are to be held accountable, and so are the politicians who thrive on their offerings.
That said, however, I can't believe that this article ignores the desertification process that is taking place in Texas – according to prominent scientists like Richard Seager of Columbia University, and Ron Sass right here at Rice University. This is not just about developers or greedy politicians, it's about the forces of climate change. The consequences of unchecked climate change will result in a continuation of what scientists are calling "permanent perpetual drought," which is what a big chunk of Texas is already experiencing. To ignore that issue is tantamount to suicide for Central, West, and South Texans.
Map shows areas of increasing and decreasing rainfall. In spite of increasing rain in the western U.S. desertification is increasing since warmer temperatures tend to dry the soil creating more run-off that can’t recharge aquifers.Source: USDA, October 2006
UPDATE Monday, June 1, 2009 . . . actually a 'Backdate' from the Dallas Morning-News April 5, 2007 edition:
See the full story here: http://www.kvue.com/news/state/stories/040507kvuedustbowl-eh.360faebb.html
Dust Bowl-like drought projected
02:46 PM CDT on Thursday, April 5, 2007
By RANDY LEE LOFTIS / The Dallas Morning News
Texas almost certainly faces a future of perpetual drought as bad as the record dry years of the 1950s because of global warming, climate scientists say in a study published Thursday.
The trend toward a drier, hotter southwestern United States, including all of Texas, probably has already begun and could become strikingly noticeable within about 15 years, according to a study led by Richard Seager of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
Drought conditions are expected to resemble the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s and Texas' worst-ever drought of the 1950s, Dr. Seager said. Unlike those droughts, however, the new conditions won't be temporary, the study found.
"This time, once it's in, it's in for good," Dr. Seager said.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
A map shows the projected drought area, with darker colors noting more severe effects.