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Monday, August 13, 2012

Increasing frequency of Phoenix dust storms

A video plucked from the web from a Phoenix NBS Channel 12 news program... They mention increasing frequency of dust storms. Also at one point there is a mention of at least one dust source north of Tuscon. What they don't mention is that there is considerable agriculture and abandoned agriculture in that area(spurred by wartime cotton demand. I don't know if Phoenix's dust comes from these areas but it seems like a likely candidate. The news program seems to lay the blame for increasing dust storms at the feet of drought, which is one key driver, but never suggests that there is a human land use component to this phenomenon.

1 comment:

  1. The areas between Phoenix and Tucson have seen some major mega-growth in the building inDUSTry. There should be no wondering nor surprize as to what the cause has been as far as an increse.

    Have you been following some of the Pseudo-Eco-Green Energy Sollutions regarding Wind and Solar Farms in California and Nevada deserts ? Count on it getting worse. If the USA government gives permission to these corporate bohemoths to shoot and kill Bighorn Sheep and Get Out of Jail Free card green lights when Golden and Bald Eagles are kiiled, then biological soil crusts will clearly be way down on their lists of ecological concerns.

    -- Incredibly, both political parties in your country over there are EQUALLY at fault for this.