(from The Nation, July 25, 2012)
I have been following this summer’s droughts and heat waves, one of the three worst in the last ten or so years, and so far the worst. I am extremely concerned as I am sure many of you all are about this, and the failure of this year’s “Durban Climate change convention’ in South Africa, to make any changes or headway in this dire situation.
Summer 2012 has broken thousands of records, bringing misery and worse to millions of Americans. By mid-July the death toll was nearing 100, said Wunderground.com. That is certain to rise—not just because the forecast is for hot weather to persist but because, as in 2003, many heat wave deaths are epidemiologically traceable only well after the fact. Meanwhile, the United States is suffering the worst drought in fifty years, leading the Department of Agriculture to declare more than 1,000 counties—about one of every three in the nation—natural disaster zones. The reverberations will be global and may include violence.