The changes in weather match scientific projections for less precipitation and higher temperatures in Europe on a warmer planet, said Andrea Toreti, a senior researcher at the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, an independent scientific body that advises the bloc’s officials. But this level of drought was only expected to occur regularly in 2043. “If nothing is done, we expect that this event could occur almost every year,” he said.
Checkmate libcucks, your alarmist models were wrong after all! Your hysterical predictions were off by 20 years!
In the Netherlands, they’re also noticing we’re getting the sort of droughts that are only supposed to show up 30 years from now, but they’re still pretending maybe this is just a fluke. Spoiler: No it isn’t, it’s the new normal.
In the US Midwest they also see unprecedented drought. But rather than connecting it to climate change, they’re just calling it “weird”.
So what’s going on? I think it’s just hard to capture the behavior of soils in simple models.
Trees normally protect their soil from drying out too much with their leaves. When a soil dries out too much, it becomes unable to capture the rain when it does rain, so the water flushes away into the rivers.
This means the droughts worsen much more rapidly than you would expect based on rainfall patterns alone. We generally leave our agricultural soils bare in the sun, so our soils dry out.
Natural mature ecosystems are much better at dealing with dry periods: The plants protect the soil with their leaves and release water like a sponge during droughts. They also allow the soil to absorb far more water during rainy periods, which is then released during the droughts.
These mechanisms are relatively hard to capture in models. People also make the situation worse themselves by covering everything in concrete, causing more rain to get flushed away.
When our soils fail to release moisture during summer because of these problems, that also means there is just less moisture in the air to generate rain.
The only real solution you have to these problems is a plant based diet. This would free up large parts of the world for natural vegetation. The natural vegetation can then protect our soils and absorb and release water whenever necessary.
In addition, a healthy plant based diet would include more nuts and fruit. The trees on which we grow our fruit and nuts would help capture moisture in the soil. It’s actually possible to combine trees with cereal crops in the same field, this increases the yield of both.
Unfortunately the percentage of Americans with plant based diets seems stuck around 5%. Growing soybeans and corn for animals stuck in cages is an unsustainable form of food production.
People don’t want to change what they eat however. Or when they do change their diet, they go for something stupid like Keto, merely making the problem worse.
By the time they figure out what they have done, it will be too late.