A look at the headlines and ledes from just the last month make clear that drought is slamming the world right now:
- Drought Reduces Mexico's Agricultural Production by 40%
- Farmers warn food prices could go up because of drought (UK)
- Argentina tries to combat a drier future
- Climate change made the drought worse, scientists say (San Antonio)
- After Portugal's driest February in 80 years, farmers are praying for a miracle as drought ravages pastures and sparks forest fires, exacerbating the country's economic crisis.
A 50% drop in global food production is a very real possibility. Aquifers only hold so much water and without rain to replenish them they only buy us a short period of time.
This drastic and rapid drop in carrying capacity is exactly the type of event that leads to mass extinction or natural selection pressures for those species that survive. Will the species that studies us form digs 50 million years from now be our descendents or some other species. What will they think as they study the mass extinction we caused.