Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett, Texas, shows the parched condition of Dallas’s water supply—and a sign of things to come for places beyond.(Terry Shuck)
Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett, Texas, shows the parched condition of Dallas’s water supply—and a sign of things to come for places beyond.
(Terry Shuck)

The Global Consequences of America’s Drought

Major drought was largely responsible for the downfall 
of ancient Rome. Is drought about to bring down another 
once-impressive civilization? 
 

A historic, unrelenting drought is slowly, painfully, tightening its grip on the United States. Many people are feeling the effects—but too few realize how desperate the situation really is. But have you contemplated what this epic event means, not just for America, but for the world?

To people in wealthier nations, drought simply means hot weather, parched lawns and plants, and perhaps a higher-than-normal electric bill. A lack of rain is an annoyance. It’s like an itch, uncomfortable and irritating, but easily mitigated. Few consider drought to be catastrophic, even fatal.

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