Said Hanrahan

"We'll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
  In accents most forlorn,
Outside the church, ere Mass began,
  One frosty Sunday morn.

There’s nothing frosty about the drought currently gripping America’s South and parts of Mexico. While the region has a veneer of green from the judicious application of irrigation water, it is experiencing one of the most severe droughts ever seen.

Have a look at this amazing aerial photoset by George Steinmetz for Time. Some pictures don’t look particularly extreme until you see the boat docks lying forlornly on dry lake beds.

Unlike Australia’s Millennium Drought, which lasted almost 10 years, this is a relatively short event, but extreme.

People arguing for action to mitigate climate change are often branded alarmists, like Hanrahan in the classic Australian bush poem. But this type of extreme weather is exactly what’s been predicted for at least 20 years. The economic, social and environmental costs of inaction are simply too high to ignore these signs.

A dustbowl in Northern Queensland

A dustbowl in Bathurst Bay, North Queensland. It's not a pleasant place.

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