Looking Ahead on Global Warming

This is a world [the world after climate change] in which food imports are no longer available at any price, as there is a global food shortage. But even then there are relative winners and relative losers: the highest-latitude countries — northern Europe, Russia, Canada — are still getting adequate rainfall and are able to feed themselves, while those in the mid-latitudes are in serious trouble. Even the United States has lost a large amount of crop-growing area as the rain fails to fall over the high plains west of the Mississippi, persistent droughts beset the southeast and the rivers that provide irrigation water to the Central Valley of California cease to flow in the summertime. Countries of smaller size, like Spain, Italy and Turkey, on the northern side of the Mediterranean, (not to mention those on the southern side), find that their entire land area is turning into desert and that they can no longer feed their population. The northeastern monsoon that brought rain to the north Chinese plain has failed and the rivers that watered southern China have suffered the same fate as those that provided California’s water now: they only flow in the wintertime.

~ Gwynne Dyer (1943-04-17 age:74) Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats page 4