Warming-driven desertification is spreading. Australia has gotten the most attention, but Spain is also turning into a desert. As Time reported:

Spain is in the grip of its worst drought in a century as a result of climate change — this year’s total rainfall, for example, has been 40% lower than average for the equivalent period, and the country’s reservoirs are, on average, only 30% full. The reservoirs serving Barcelona are only 20% full, and without significant rainfall, supplies of drinking water will likely run dry by October.


The trend is a dire one. The NYT reports today,

Swaths of southeast Spain are steadily turning into desert, a process spurred on by global warming and poorly planned development….

The Spanish Environment Ministry estimates that one-third of the county is at risk of turning into desert from a combination of climate change and poor land use.

And this is just after a global warming of .8°C. Imagine what will happen to Spain, Australia, the Southwest, and the entire planet when we warm another 3°C to 5°C.

Conflict has already begun inside of Spain for water:


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