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By Giles Slade

ISBN-10: 1550925482

ISBN-13: 9781550925487

As temperatures upward push, declines in agricultural creation and freshwater provide will decrease US sporting means through 2/3, and emerging sea degrees will influence the country's such a lot densely populated areas. a daunting survey of what's to come back, American Exodus argues that mankind can continue to exist the arriving century of weather chaos if we act quick to maintain our protect of final inn.

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By 2011, that number had declined by 600,000. The chance to make money in el Norte and then send it home to loved ones in Mexico was the major “pull factor” driving legal and illegal migration prior to 2007. It’s significant that when the economy picked up briefly in 2009–2010, illegal immigrants once again began hiking north through the most unprotected parts of the border, along the eastern portion of the 300-mile beltway Arizona shares with the state of Sonora. In other states, America’s 1,969-mile border with Mexico was and is quite difficult to penetrate, so Arizona remained (until 2010) the only state in which illegal crossings continued to rise.

56 28 • American Exodus Migration and Climate In addition to the major impact the Okies had on regional politics, the significance of this migration also has profound implications for North Americans today. A few years back, a Washington thinktank concerned primarily with issues of national security was the first to report publicly that in the United States “by virtue of its large size and varied geography,” the process of climate change has already begun. According to this report, The Age of Consequences, we are now experiencing a wide range of severe climate-related impacts, including droughts, heat waves, flash floods, and hurricanes.

This became a serious ongoing problem. By the time the UN turned its attention to this problem in the late 1990s, about one third (50 million acres, or 20 million hectares) of all Mexican farmland had been severely eroded, while much more (86%) had eroded to some degree. In Tlaxcala, the smallest Mexican state, whose economy relies on rain-fed corn production, half of the state’s arable land was destroyed by erosion amidst predictions it would soon become real desert. In the Mixteca region (of Oaxaca state), 70% of all once-arable land is now also ruined.

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