No matter what one’s belief may be regarding the validity of climate change one thing is for certain, we are already feeling its impacts in various forms. Perhaps the most relevant and immediate impact of a warming planet has been the recent drop in precipitation levels in some regions of the globe.
After three consecutive years of below average rainfall, California is experiencing a dry season that some scientists say has been magnified by the recent changes in the global climate, which also include a rising sea-level, heavier than normal rainfalls, warm spells in normally cold areas, massive storm systems and either extreme heat or cold depending on global proximity and season. What we seem to be observing is an amplification of already occurring, extreme weather events. As the planet continues to warm via greenhouse gas/carbon emissions, we can only expect that storms will be stronger and more destructive, floods will be more widespread and common, and droughts will last longer and almost certainly, severely effect local communities water supplies, as well as business in general.