01 Jul '11, 12pm

It's hot out there. From the Horn of Africa, to Texas, to New Mexico extreme weather & climate taking its toll

It's hot out there. From the Horn of Africa, to Texas, to New Mexico extreme weather & climate taking its toll

New Mexico fires, photo: John Fowler /Creative Commons Three extreme weather stories to take you into the long holiday weekend in the US to which you probably should be paying attention: 1) Fire continues to threaten Los Alamos National Laboratory and its store of radioactive waste stored (shockingly) in drums outside; 2) the drought in Texas is so bad that the entire state has been declared a disaster area; 3) ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa and East Africa is sending masses of what are essentially climate refugees from Somalia into Kenya. Democracy Now reports that some 10 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda have been affected by the drought, which has been described as the worst in 60 years and in some areas near-famine conditions exist. The UN's Mark Bowden says, "Unless we are able to take action now, I think that we are likely to see...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/horn-of-africa-te...

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