I know it’s counter-intuitive, but global warming might turn America’s vast southern desert into useful arable land.
When driving through the deserts of New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California, my educated brain knows that those barren looking lands are, in fact, teeming with life. Plants that look ugly and scrubby to me provide provide shelter and sustenance to an abundance of small mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects.
Still, the American desert is not a land that provides much sustenance to humans. Driving through it, I made sure to be stocked up on water and never let my gas tank drop much below half full. I wanted some barrier against even the the thought of my car breaking down out there in the 104 degree heat.
If one shuts out the educated part of ones brain while driving down I-40, the one that says there is life out there, all that one sees is hundreds and hundreds of miles of . . . nothing. There’s very little human habitation (hence my always-semi-full gas tank), livestock are a rarity, and I couldn’t see anything that looked remotely like food crops. It’s just hot, dusty, and hostile. [Read more…]