Really, I thought this was a spoof. It’s not.

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

I could have titled this “A River Used to Run Thru it”.

The metaphors write themselves. Follow along with me.

Nebraska had its driest year on record in 2012.


And it was the warmest year on record for the state:


The result: In 2012, the red state of Nebraska got a lot redder.  On 3 January 2012, none of the state was in extreme or exceptional drought (and less than 1% was in moderate or severe drought).  By 1 January 2013 over 96% of the state was experiencing extreme or exceptional drought – and most of that (over 77%) was in exceptional drought.  See the map below for the situation on 22 January 2013,

(D3-D4 drought, bright red and dark red on the map).


Adding insult to injury, the Republican River – which runs from Nebraska into Kansas – ran dry.  The discharge for the Republican River near Orleans, Nebraska, in…

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  1. What I find surprising is not that it’s not a hoax but how many people simply don’t seem to recognise the significance of the damage we are doing. We have clearly, sadly, lost all sense of belonging to the land.

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