In the second of the MarketPlace segments on Climate Change, they talk about what scientists have discovered about previous warm spells for the West: periods of mega-droughts lasting two hundred years. I remember the drought in California that lasted seven long years in the 70s. It's pretty frightening to think about one that could last two centuries. And we humans are pushing the thermostat up faster this time. Paleoclimatologist Scott Stine is worried about what that means.
STINE: And therein lies the danger. It's a vastly different type of climate change than anything that has occurred naturally in the past thousands of years. So this, this scares me.
The California water wars this year will look like a walk in the park compared to what's coming up.