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The Devastating Effects of Winds in California by City-Tech Blogger Christopher Barros

Dry places like California, could possibly become a desert due to climate change. The fact that the  temperature is increasing globally is allowing places like California to see an increase in forest fires due to the Santa Ana winds. These winds are extremely dry and on top of that extreme heat will cause the land to be perfect for fires to occur.When the global temperature increases, the potency of these dry Santa Anas winds will also become severely destructive. Currently, it is already hard for firefighters to fight against these winds which makes fires very destructive, causing even further loss of California forests.  In  other parts of the country that carry winds like the Santa Anas winds are also at risk when drought conditions are high and wild fire breaks out. In the coming years we will in all probability see existing deserts expand and other drought areas become new deserts.

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  1. Climate change may exacerbate desertification through alteration of spatial and temporal patterns in temperature, rainfall, solar radiation and winds. Desertification is also notable in the drylands, such as Africa and the Sahel. It’s important to implement a drought policy in areas that are realizing the effects of desertification due to climate change. Since desertification largely affects agriculture, water resources, ecosystems, etc., it is imperative for cities and countries to have drought policies in order to have an established strategy in place so that there is drought preparedness and assistance available for people living in potentially affected areas. All countries should taken into consideration that compared to other resources water is a renewable resource but when it is gone it cannot be
    retrieved, and has no alternatives or substitutes. I believe that currently, only Australia has a national drought policy in place in attempt to mitigate risks stemming from drought-related disasters. In my opinion all countries, regardless of location, should take action and implement an effective plan in case of extended periods of drought as water is our most important resource.

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