Drought

Our Stories explore how drought, caused by climate change, threatens jobs, food and water, and political stability.

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Decades ago, climate scientists predicted that rising global temperatures would lead to more severe and intense droughts due to combinations of increasing temperatures, decreasing precipitation, more evaporation, and a reduction in snow and ice packs. The effects of a warming world are already being felt in different regions of the world, including the Mediterranean and Southwest. These droughts threaten jobs, food security, water resources, and, in some places, political stability.

In our stories, our correspondents explore the links between climate change and drought and their implications on societies.

Pray for Rain

In Pray for Rain, correspondent Don Cheadle explores the devastation of the Texas droughts from 2011 to 2013, and learns how human-caused climate change has made these droughts worse.

Climate Wars

In Climate Wars, Thomas Friedman witnesses how climate change is not only a “threat multiplier,” but a “stressor” that can take a volatile political situation and push it over the edge.

CLIMATE SCIENCE 101

Like a baseball player on steroids, our climate system is breaking records at an unnatural pace. Learn why.

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Energy

Energy

Energy, dirty vs. clean. Learn how dirty energy impacts climate change and how renewable energy can help.

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