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Soil moisture levels as bad as the 1930s Dust Bowl will become commonplace in the Southwest, Central Plains, and much of the currently habited and arable land around the world post-2050 — if humanity stays anywhere near our current path of carbon pollution emissions.
A Stanford study funded by the National Science Foundation confirms a growing body of research that finds "the atmospheric conditions associated with the unprecedented drought in California are very likely linked to human-caused climate change."
By failing to slash carbon pollution and put the world on a path to 2°C warming (or less), humanity is voluntarily choosing to sharply boost the chances of prolonged droughts -- including the kind of multi-decade mega-droughts that in the past have overturned entire civilizations.