Due to global warming, American California is facing the threat of eternal drought. Against the background of climate change, the largest U.S. state by population may turn into a desert, Bloomberg predicts.
There is a difficult climate situation in the western United States right now. The drought has forced California farmers to limit water use; hydroelectric dams are almost not working, and a small spark — from a lawnmower or even from a flat tire — can turn into a wildfire.
Some factors contribute to the expected aggravation of problems. This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations spoke about them in its report. For example, the second year of drought in the United States is provoked by temperature fluctuations in the Pacific Ocean — a phenomenon called “La Niña” and leads to the fact that most of the state is scorched by the sun. In addition, as a result of climate change, more and more dry air in the region will be concentrated due to atmospheric circulation.
Global warming also plays a role, which has led to an unprecedented heatwave in the United States and Canada. Fires are raging there — more than 930 thousand hectares have already been burned in 15 states.
UN experts said that the last decade was the hottest in 125 thousand years. This summer, an abnormal increase in temperatures claimed the lives of hundreds of Americans. A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change demonstrated that in the next 20 years, the world needs to change its business strategy and attitude to nature; otherwise, countries will face mass population loss.