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For years the USA was the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, until recently being overtaken by China. The carbon footprint of the average American, is equally at the top end of the scale. For years they dragged their feet in terms of taking any meaningful action on climate change. Their chickens are now coming home to roost. The South West USA has been in exceptional drought for over four years now. In California alone $2.2 Billion has been wiped off the agricultural sector, over 400,000 acres of land have ben taken out of production as there is no longer the water to irrigate the land. Some houses have not had running water for over 5 months, and one third of al children go to bed hungry in California, directly as a result of the drought. The tinder dry conditions has lead to a huge increase in the numbers of wild fires, another feedback loop that releases yet more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.