Back in the 1930s, the Great Plains region of the US went through an environmental catastrophe so severe, tens of thousands of families were forced to pack up their belongings and families and abandon their homes.
Now, climate change may be about to create a similar situation, NASA scientists are warning.
During the Dust Bowl, severe drought and an aggressive exploitation of agricultural land, fueled by the American view of expansion and autonomy from nature, loosened the top soil. When strong winds blew, it sent giant swirls of dust clouds, called “black blizzards,” across 150,000 square miles, from regions of Colorado and New Mexico to as far east as New York City.
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