Monday, July 11, 2011

The Great Haboob

The Phoenix Haboob of July 5th, 2011 from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo.

Now, you can say, of course, that a single event proves nothing about the importance of anthropogenic effects on the ecosystem. Yeah... sure....


  1. Dust Bowl redubbed. Funnily enough, back then in 1930 the US recognized the effect of man's hand in aggravating the problem and reverted many wrong policies (e.g., replanting trees in the Big Central Plains to act as wind breakers).


  2. wow.. the other side of the incredibly wet weather we've had here in eastern Oz for the last 12 months (after record drought immediately before that).

  3. Yes, Antonio, it is deja vu all over. I read the book "The Worst hard time" by Timothy Egan. ( It is was the same in the 1930s and, yes, at that time the government took the initiative and did a lot of work to redress the situation. But we humans tend to forget very rapidly...

  4. Impressive, but there was the "dust bowl" during the great depression also, although you could probably say that this was already due to human modifications of nature/landscape.



Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome and the author of "Extracted: how the quest for mineral resources is plundering the Planet" (Chelsea Green 2014). His most recent book is "The Seneca Effect" (Springer 2017)