By Staff Reporter AFP Global Edition
Oct 19, 2010 18:48 EDT
“We are facing the possibility of widespread drought in the coming decades, but this has yet to be fully recognized by both the public and the climate change research community,” said National Center for
Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientist Aiguo Dai, who conducted the study.
“If the projections in this study come even close to being realized, the consequences for society worldwide will be enormous,” he said.
Parts of Asia, the United States, and southern Europe, and much of Africa, Latin America and the Middle East could be hit by severe drought in the next few decades, with regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea seeing
“almost unprecedented” drought conditions, the study says.