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  • Drought Doomed Ancient City of Angkor

    01/04/2012 3:43:34 PM PST · by Captain Beyond · 14 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 1-4-2012 | Charles Choi
    Mary Beth Day, University of Cambridge Bayon temple, constructed by Angkorian King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. The faces may be representations of Buddha, the bodhisattva Lokesvara, Jayavarman VII, or a combination. The ancient city of Angkor — the most famous monument of which is the breathtaking ruined temple of Angkor Wat — might have collapsed due to valiant but ultimately failed efforts to battle drought, scientists find. The great city of Angkor in Cambodia, first established in the ninth century, was the capital of the Khmer Empire, the major player in southeast Asia for nearly five centuries....
  • Crop-Killing Drought To Push Food Inflation Even Higher

    11/14/2011 1:38:12 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    Money Morning ^ | 11-14-2011 | David Zeiler
    Crop-Killing Drought To Push Food Inflation Even Higher November 14, 2011 By David Zeiler, Associate Editor, Money Morning A drought affecting one-third of the lower 48 states has hurt several key food crops, driving up prices this year and assuring widespread food inflation well into 2012. According to the National Climatic Data Center, the drought has caused more than $10 billion in losses to agriculture and cattle, a number it expects to keep rising as the drought continues. Meteorologists blame the drought on a La Niña weather pattern expected to last at least through the winter. Crops most affected include...
  • Drought Adds Poignant Twist To Deer Season

    11/04/2011 3:05:44 PM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | November 4, 2011 | Jason Sickles
    When dawn breaks on the Texas horizon Saturday morning, hundreds of thousands of hunters will be lying in wait with rifles in hand. In the Lone Star State, opening day of deer season is as coveted as the Cowboys and cold beer. "The night before is as close to Christmas Eve as you can get without presents under the tree," says Mike Cox, a spokesman with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Hunters, however, could be in for a cruel surprise this year. Texas just suffered through its hottest summer ever and is in the midst of an unrelenting historic...
  • Al-Qaida targets Somalia drought victims with cash handouts

    11/02/2011 10:10:07 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 3 replies
    Guardian ^ | November 11 th 2011 | Jamal Osman in South Sudan
    Men claiming to be al-Qaida operatives are moving into the humanitarian vacuum in Somalia, distributing aid and cash to drought victims in an attempt to win hearts and minds, a Guardian investigation can reveal. On a visit to the sprawling Ala-Yasir camp in the south of the country, the Guardian saw an al-Qaida unit handing out rice, flour, oil, dates and milk as well as Islamic books and clothes to some of the more than 4,000 people made destitute by this year's drought. This was the first time the group has spoken publicly in Somalia, and the first time it...
  • Climate change spawns the incredible shrinking ant

    10/18/2011 4:45:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct. 16, 2011
    (Reuters) - Plants and animals are shrinking because of warmer temperatures and lack of water, researchers said on Monday, warning it could have profound implications for food production in years ahead. "The worst-case scenarios ... are that food crops and animals will shrink enough to have real implications for food security," Assistant Professor David Bickford, of the National University of Singapore's biological sciences department, said. Bickford and colleague Jennifer Sheridan trawled through fossil records and dozens of studies which showed that many species of plants and creatures such as spiders, beetles, bees, ants and cicadas have shrunk over time in...
  • Time To Stock Up: The Price Of Peanut Butter Is Set To Soar 40% In The Next Two Weeks

    10/18/2011 4:52:02 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10-18-2011 | Mac Slavo
    <p>Another hot, dry summer has devastated this year’s peanut crop, sending prices for the legume skyrocketing and forcing peanut-butter brands including J.M. Smucker Co.’s Jif, Unilever NV’s Skippy and ConAgra Foods Inc.’s Peter Pan into startling price increases.</p> <p>Wholesale prices for big-selling Jif are going up 30% starting in November, while Peter Pan will raise prices as much as 24% in a couple weeks. Unilever wouldn’t comment on its pricing plans, but a spokesman for Wegmans Food Markets, the closely held supermarket chain in the Northeast U.S., said wholesale prices for all brands it carries, including Skippy, are 30% to 35% higher than a year ago.</p>
  • Peanut Butter Prices Are Rising By 24 to 40 Percent

    10/10/2011 7:11:20 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 71 replies
    Cleveland Leader ^ | 10/10/2011 - 10:08am | By Julie Kent
    You can now add peanut butter, a long-time recession staple food item, to the list of things that "the 99 percent" may no longer be able to afford. Thanks to droughts, the price of peanut butter has gone up from $450 a ton to $1,150 a ton in just one year and now peanut butter makers are about to pass on the increased costs to consumers. The Wall Street Journal reports that wholesale prices for Jif are going up 30 percent beginning in November. Peter Pan will increase its prices by as much as 24 percent in a couple of...
  • Terrible News: Texas Drought Could Last Until 2020

    10/04/2011 10:45:37 AM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 35 replies
    Texas’ historic and lingering drought has already worn out its welcome, but it could easily stay around for years and there is a chance it might last another five years or even until 2020, says a Texas A&M University weather expert.John Nielsen-Gammon, who serves as Texas State Climatologist and professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M, says the culprit is the likely establishment of a new La Niña in the central Pacific Ocean. A La Niña is formed when colder than usual ocean temperatures form in the central Pacific, and these tend to create wetter than normal conditions in the...
  • Rare minnows rescued from Texas river amid drought

    09/16/2011 2:46:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/16/11 | Betsy Blaney - AP
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Wading through a muddy river bed to reach shallow pools of water, wildlife biologists scooped up hundreds of minnows Friday in one of the first rescues of fish threatened by the state's worst drought in decades. The scientists collected smalleye shiners and sharpnose shiners from the Brazos River — about 2,300 on Thursday and 800 Friday. The fish, which are found only in the Brazos and nowhere else in the world,.. ... With the water drying up in the drought, the minnows don't have the 100 miles of river they need to reproduce. .. A...
  • Peanut butter prices expected to increase

    09/12/2011 5:47:56 PM PDT · by djf · 61 replies
    NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – You may see fewer peanuts on grocery store shelves this year and will likely pay more for peanut butter. The US Department of Agriculture estimates this year's peanut crop could be 13 percent smaller than last year's because many farmers in Georgia and Texas have lost their crops to dry and hot weather conditions. Many farmers in our area believe the demand for peanuts could help the local economy, despite also suffering a loss. Some peanut butter companies have already raise their prices by a least 50 cents.
  • Texas drought could threaten endangered species (readying plans to evacuate fish,amphibians)

    08/30/2011 5:51:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/30/11 | Betsy Baney - AP
    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Federal officials are readying plans to evacuate a small number of endangered species in Texas as a severe drought lowers water levels and threatens the survival of rare wildlife in the state's huge ecosystem. Months with almost no rain have caused water levels to drop by half or more in many rivers, lakes and other bodies of water, including springs in the central Texas Hill Country that are the only remaining habitat for populations of small fish, amphibians and other creatures. If the water continues to drop sharply, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are preparing...
  • [Texas] Drought could push salamanders to brink of extinction

    08/27/2011 8:46:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | August 27, 2011 | Marty Toohey
    The nearly yearlong drought has been tough on the endangered Barton Springs salamander, so much so that city officials say survival prospects have notably diminished for the unofficial mascot of Austin environmentalism.
  • Report: State’s drought losses top $5 billion

    08/17/2011 4:11:57 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 8 replies
    Austin Statesman American ^ | 17 August 2011 | Farzad Mashhood
    The Texas drought, lasting since fall 2010, has cost $5.2 billion to agriculture, a report said. This is now the most expensive year of drought, according to Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service economists. Most of the losses accounted for in the report are higher costs and lost grazing land for livestock. To remain comparable with past reports, this one does not take into account losses to fruit and vegetable producers, horticultural and nursery crops, or other grain and row crops, according to a news release, making this a conservative estimate. A similar report released in May put the costs just...
  • Science: Water Shortages Loom as Northern China's Aquifers Are Sucked Dry

    08/17/2011 3:46:24 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 14 replies
    BEIJING—When Luo Yiqi visited the Inner Mongolia region of northern China 3 years ago, he was in for a surprise. In recent years, overgrazed grasslands had withered and turned to desert. Luo had been expecting that. But what stunned the ecologist from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, were the rice fields along a desiccated riverbed. Farmers were pumping water from deep aquifers to cultivate one of the thirstiest crops on the planet. “Apparently, farmers did not get enough scientific guidance,” says Luo. Of all China's environmental woes, the biggest threat to livelihoods and food security may be looming water shortages....
  • White House announces $105 million in Africa aid

    08/08/2011 6:47:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 8, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has approved $105 million for humanitarian efforts in the Horn of Africa to combat worsening drought and famine. White House press secretary Jay Carney says the money will help provide food, shelter, water, and sanitation and health services to those in need.
  • City of No Water [Kemp, Texas]

    08/07/2011 8:29:26 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 32 replies
    MyFoxDFW ^ | 07 Aug 2011 | Melissa Cutler
    KEMP, Texas - The taps were turned off in the city of Kemp Sunday. It moved from simply asking folks to conserve water to not allowing it to flow from their faucets for 48 hours. "We're out of water," said Kemp Mayor Donald Kile.
  • Texas Heat, Drought May Continue into September

    08/04/2011 10:57:02 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 21 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | Aug 4, 2011 | Alex Sosnowski
    Most people in Texas and neighboring areas may have to wait until fall for lasting relief from the heat. Many more days of triple-digit heat are on deck as iron-clad high pressure at most levels of the atmosphere continues to squat over the south-central U.S.
  • Drought, lack of water push animals to breaking point (Texas)

    08/02/2011 10:16:45 AM PDT · by bgill · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Midland Reporter-Telegram ^ | July 27, 2011 | John Boyd
    With a record drought and record heat drying up everything from livestock troughs to full-size reservoirs, biologists say the environmental stress levels of many indigenous species are at a breaking point. Soon, the old and the young will start dying, those in the middle will put off producing offspring another year and the effects of both will echo in habitats and among hunters for years to come... As West Texas' drought-hardy plant species protect their interests by going dormant, huntable bird species like dove, quail and especially turkey lose their source of both food and cover. "Many turkeys aren't even...
  • Drought Withering Away Any Chance Of Recovery

    07/27/2011 11:32:06 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    SHTF Plan/Ready Nutrition ^ | 7-27-2011 | Tess Pennington
    Drought Withering Away Any Chance Of Recovery Tess Pennington July 27th, 2011 Ready Nutrition The following article has been generously contributed by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition. Editor’s Note: On a recent trip through Central Texas we noticed land that had been plush with hay, corn and vegetables is now completely barren. It’s been so dry for the last six months in Texas that we’ve broken just about every record since the 1890′s. One of the ranchers in the area we were visiting says that he is being forced to sell all 1500 head of cattle on his property due...
  • Water trickling into Highland Lakes at record lows (Texas drought)

    07/21/2011 10:19:06 AM PDT · by bgill · 6 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | July 21, 2011 | Asher Price
    In the latest sign of how dry the current drought has been, Lower Colorado River Authority officials say the flow of water from streams and creeks into the Highland Lakes in June was the worst ever recorded. Only 1,496 acre-feet flowed into the Highland Lakes, which serve as a reservoir system for more than a million Central Texans. In an average June, the lakes get 169,289 acre-feet. The drying up of the lakes' tributaries is taking a human toll, as businesses on some parts of Lake Buchanan report that business is dire... An acre-foot is enough water to satisfy the...
  • Herds are hurting: Extreme drought may put ranchers out of business

    07/17/2011 12:06:07 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 59 replies · 1+ views
    Wichita Falls (TX) Times Record News ^ | July 13, 2011 | Lynn Walker
    Wichita Falls has exceeded 100-degree highs 39 of the past 40 days. There was a string of 100-plus degree days before that. By this date in a normal year, Wichita Falls would have received about 16 inches of rain. This year it has been just over 3 inches. Forecasters are not optimistic about substantial rain between now and September. Wichita County Extension agent Fred Hall said he has talked to old-timers who remember the severe droughts of 1956 and 1980. They recall those droughts started later in the year and there was residual moisture in the ground to help forage....
  • Texas Drought Causing Cattle Deaths... From too much Water?

    07/15/2011 12:23:26 PM PDT · by zippythepinhead · 10 replies
    AccuWeather.com ^ | 07/15/2011 | John Marsh
    "They overdrink because they're thirsty." It seems like everyone is feeling the heat this summer. Human, canine, feline, or even bovine, we're all at the mercy of high temperatures.
  • Texas Drought Causing Cattle Deaths...From Too Much Water?

    07/15/2011 7:58:47 AM PDT · by LTC.Ret · 16 replies
    AccuWeather.com ^ | Jul 15, 2011; 6:09 AM ET | John Marsh
    Ranchers are taking any means or methods necessary to combat these problems, but there is no clear-cut or simple solution. Some ranchers have even resorted to relocating their herds to other states. Other ranchers were sending their cattle to market early. "There will be a few opportunities for spotty thunderstorm activity in the region over the next several weeks," Sosnowski said. For drought-busting and/or heat busting, it's going to take a dramatic change in the weather pattern, or a major tropical system to come along.
  • THE GREAT DROUGHT OF 2011 Is America's Worst Since The Dust Bowl

    07/12/2011 7:09:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/12/2011 | Robert Johnson
    Fourteen states are suffering from a drought so early and severe that it's already causing comparisons with the dust bowl years of the 1930's. According to a story in The New York Times, farmers are running wells dry, crops aren't growing and livestock can't be fed. “It’s horrible so far,” said Mike Newberry, a Georgia farmer who is trying grow cotton, corn and peanuts on a thousand acres. “There is no description for what we’ve been through since we started planting corn in March.” David Miskus with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the reason for the drought is...
  • THE GREAT DROUGHT OF 2011 Is America's Worst Since The Dust Bowl

    07/12/2011 6:07:45 AM PDT · by blam · 76 replies
    TBI ^ | 7-12-2011 | Robert Johnson
    THE GREAT DROUGHT OF 2011 Is America's Worst Since The Dust Bowl Robert Johnson Jul. 12, 2011, 6:32 AM Fourteen states are suffering from a drought so early and severe that it's already causing comparisons with the dust bowl years of the 1930's. According to a story in The New York Times, farmers are running wells dry, crops aren't growing and livestock can't be fed. “It’s horrible so far,” said Mike Newberry, a Georgia farmer who is trying grow cotton, corn and peanuts on a thousand acres. “There is no description for what we’ve been through since we started planting...
  • Drought-hit Texas town uses "witching" to find water

    07/01/2011 4:06:31 PM PDT · by bgill · 57 replies
    yahoo news via Reuters ^ | June 30, 2011 | Jim Forsyth
    Using a couple of brass rods and a big helping of ingenuity, one tiny Texas town has managed to subvert a drought-related crisis and bring water to the people. The Llano River was dangerously close to drying up as Texas faces a punishing and record-breaking drought. Residents of this Hill Country town west of Austin depend on the river for their entire water supply. It neared zero flow this week, and the city was looking at trucking in water from 20 miles away, when city leaders employed the old-fashioned "witching" technique to strike water in the limestone bedrock near the...
  • SA homeowner says HOA forced him to plant a yard in a drought

    06/28/2011 11:05:38 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 26 replies
    KENS TV ^ | 06/27/2011 | Joe Conger
    SAN ANTONIO --With 100-degree, hot, dry days, Armando Urdiales decided to plant a new lawn. Well, not really. It was his HOA, he said, that suggested it, after they found patches of dirt amongst the withered blades in his front yard. "That was the kicker for me. Really? You're going to tell me to grow grass in a drought," Urdiales said. The social studies teacher said after receiving two threatening letters in the last 60 days, he planted $150 worth of sod and started watering it. "Isn't there a better use of our resource--of our precious resource of water--other than...
  • Llano now in Stage 4 water restrictions Water supply from Llano River is drying up

    06/21/2011 4:37:27 AM PDT · by bgill · 83 replies
    kxan,com ^ | June 20, 2011 | Jarrod Wise
    Suffering its worst drought in more than 50 years, the Llano River is about to run dry. It is the sole source of drinking water for Llano, a town 75 miles west of Austin. On Monday night, officials with the City of Llano moved to Stage 4 water restrictions. This means no outdoor watering at all - no lawn sprinklers, landscaping, filling of pools, even washing cars. "This has been about the worst drought, period of no rain in decades. It has all of our citizens concerned,"... If conditions don't improve, the City will more than likely move to Stage...
  • Snow, rain and regulatory drought

    06/09/2011 11:10:42 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 3 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | June 9, 2011 | John Harris
    As a farmer and rancher gravely concerned with the health of agriculture in California – and as a citizen who wants a strong recovery for our state’s recession-burdened economy – I’ve enjoyed reading the precipitation surveys out of the Sierra this year. Snow depths were more than twice the long-term average at some measuring stations, and reservoirs are brimming. ... However, while we are all thrilled by the dramatic turnaround in water supply, there are justified fears about future years. ... Most of the regulatory restrictions are part of a misguided federal scheme to help fish on the Endangered Species...
  • China's Drought: A Game Changer?

    06/06/2011 5:06:07 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    TBI ^ | 6-6-2011 | Sprach Analyst
    China's Drought: A Game Changer? Also Sprach Analyst Jun. 6, 2011, 6:26 AM Earlier, I pointed out that the drought in China along the Yangtze River region is now becoming the worst in many years. Some people blamed the Three Gorges Dam, noting some correlation between building large dams and droughts in neighbouring regions, although it is too hard to say with absolute certainty that it is the case. Whatever causes the drought, some people raised concerns on the China drought situation and its impact on the economy. At the moment, quite frankly, I have very little idea on how...
  • Who Turned Out the Lights in China?

    06/03/2011 11:57:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/29/11 | Gordon Chang
    Who Turned Out the Lights in China? Last Monday, the State Grid Corp. of China predicted this summer’s power shortage—a shortfall larger than the total installed capacity of Argentina—will be the worst ever, even more serious than the one in 2004. We have not even reached the peak season, and already power is in short supply. In Zhejiang province, a center of small industry, factories are getting power only three days a week, and limits have been imposed since the end of February. There is also power rationing for Zhejiang homes and office buildings. The situation in the Pearl River...
  • A World Food Shortage Is Looming, Buy Ag Stocks

    05/31/2011 3:30:02 PM PDT · by WILLIALAL · 48 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | May 31, 2011 | David White
    The world grain inventories were already depleted from truly terrible weather in 2010. Now we are seeing even worse weather so far this year. China is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years. The government says this weather is decimating a major grain belt, and it is leaving livestock without water. Fish farms have been ruined. Who knows the long term effects? More than 4.3M people are having trouble finding drinking water. Actually this last is a much bigger problem throughout China, which has a long term drinking water problem. The Chinese have released extra water from the Three Gorges...
  • Analysis: China drought ignites global grain supply concerns

    05/27/2011 5:05:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/26/2011 | aveen Thukral and Zheng Xiaolu
    A prolonged drought in China could hit grains output in key growing regions, further squeezing global supplies and putting upward pressure on prices, but plentiful domestic wheat stocks will act as a cushion and keep import volumes low. Analysts are closely watching the weather in China, warning any further supply shocks in the grain markets would fuel a further rally in U.S. corn and wheat futures, already stoked by harsh crop weather in the United States and Europe. "Parts of China have been too dry and if we did see crop failures in that part of the world they are...
  • China Warns Of "Urgent Problems" At Three Gorges Dam as 4M People Face Severe Drought

    05/20/2011 7:16:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/20/2011 | Gus Lubin
    China has acknowledged new problems at the notorious $37 billion Three Gorges Dam. A statement today from the Wen Jiabao and the State Council said the dam had caused severe problems to the environment, shipping, agricultural irrigation and water supplies in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, according to Global Times. Other unspecified problems were mentioned: "Problems emerged at various stages of project planning and construction but could not be solved immediately, and some arose because of increased demands brought on by economic and social development," the statement said. Currently a severe drought is affecting 4 million people in...
  • China's Yangtze river closed to ships by severe drought

    05/15/2011 8:48:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 05/12/11 | Peter Foster
    China's Yangtze river closed to ships by severe drought The Yangtze river, the longest waterway in Asia and China's most important shipping route, has been closed by the worst drought in 50 years that has left cargo ships stranded and 400,000 people without drinking water. Chinese fishing boats berth on the dried river banks as the annual dry winter season caused the water level along the Yangtze river to be so low By Peter Foster, Beijing 2:26PM BST 12 May 2011 Follow Peter Foster on Twitter Water-levels have sunk as low as 10ft in the main thoroughfare of the 3,900-mile...
  • China: Drought prompts concerns over grain output drop

    05/04/2011 5:50:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 05/04/11 | Wang Guanqun
    Drought prompts concerns over grain output drop English.news.cn 2011-05-04 16:47:48 BEIJING, May 4 (Xinhua) -- With one of the driest springs on record, farmers in most areas of central and south China are desperate for rain. However, rainfall has been substantially below normal since the beginning of the year. "The wheat is thirsty for rain during its growing period, but we have received little rain in recent months," said Xu Changshun, a farmer in Xuwan Village of Xuchang City in central China's Henan Province, while pointing at his parched farmland. "Although we did have rainfall during the past several days,...
  • The Wildfires in West Texas

    04/12/2011 3:20:04 PM PDT · by LUV W · 41 replies · 1+ views
    KWES NewsWest 9, Midland, Texas ^ | April 12, 2011 | KWES NewsWest 9
    Latest Updates on West Texas Fires Large fires continue to burn out of control near Fort Davis and Alpine. Midland residents have returned home after a large fire burned Saturday evening near FM 1788..... In true West Texas fashion, many of (West Texans) have been asking how (they) can help victims of wildfires in Midland and Fort Davis.
  • Despite hopeful signs, drought designation to stay

    01/24/2011 7:45:14 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/24/11 | Kelly Zito, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Is California's drought over? Judging by the recent barrage of soaking storms and house-high snowdrifts in the Sierra Nevada, it is. The respected National Drought Mitigation Center in Nebraska agrees. But as with all things related to water in California, it's not that simple. Despite record-setting precipitation in December and surging reservoir levels, state officials aren't expected to revoke the drought designation anytime soon. Blame uncertainties surrounding the current La Niña - the periodic weather phenomenon that often delivers less-than-normal levels of rain but hasn't so far this year - and, not surprisingly, California's complicated and overtaxed water system. "Most...
  • Drought's grip threatens state with arid 2011 (next crisis water?)

    12/09/2010 9:20:12 AM PST · by FromLori · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Chron.com ^ | 12/9/2010
    The great drought of 2011 may have started two months ago. Since Tropical Storm Hermine drenched central Texas in September, the state has been very dry, with large swaths receiving less than 10 percent of normal rainfall levels. Locally, nearly all but the southeastern corner of Harris County has received less than 50 percent of normal rain. According to the National Climatic Data Center, the two-month period of October and November was the state's eighth driest on record, and second driest in 44 years. If Texas doesn't receive at least 0.78 inches in December, it would be the driest October-December...
  • To promote repentance in our people (A Russian company launches unheard policies 'cause of drought)

    08/12/2010 5:21:14 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 10 replies
    The Russian Agenda ^ | August, 8, 2010 | Vaseeliy Boyko-Vyeleekiy
    “To promote repentance in our people” (A “Russian Milk” Corporation’s board of directors launches an unheard of corporative policies) A dreadful drought, heat and wildfires, unheard of for two centuries have stricken our country. Those disasters happened in accordance to our sins as well as the sins of our ancestors. We all have been waiting for August 2, the day of saint prophet Elias who is famous that he was praying for the skies over Israel to be closed for 3.5 years, because of the sins of the Israeli people and then, again in reply to his prayer, Lord gifted...
  • A Horrible Drought And Embargo Fears, Have Made WHEAT The Hottest Commodity In The World

    07/28/2010 10:58:16 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 7-28-2010 | The Macro Report
    A Horrible Drought And Embargo Fears, Have Made WHEAT The Hottest Commodity In The World The Macro Report Jul. 28, 2010, 1:25 PM Growing concern over the worst drought in a century in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia have rocked the wheat markets in recent weeks, driving the CBOT contract to outperform Oil and Gold YTD (see chart). Projections for the shortfall of combined Russian, Kazakhstani and the Ukrainian wheat exports run as high as 8MT lower than USDA forecasts and rumors of an export embargo by both the Russian and Ukrainian governments have been published by Bloomberg and...
  • Rat plague threatens grasslands in China's Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia

    05/17/2010 1:10:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 645+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 05/10/10 | Wang Guanqun
    Rat plague threatens grasslands in China's Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia English.news.cn 2010-05-08 16:44:48 BEIJING, May 8 (Xinhua) -- A plague of rats is threatening more than 10 million hectares of grassland in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, local authorities said Saturday. In Inner Mongolia, 5.82 million hectares of grazing land have been overwhelmed by the burrowing rodents, said Zhang Zhuoran from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regional Department of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry. In worst-hit Urad Prairie in Bayannur League, burrows pocked the bare, yellowish-brown earth after rats chewed through a large areas of grass....
  • California's Man-Made Drought

    04/28/2010 6:59:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1,145+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 28, 2010 | MONICA SHOWALTER
    COALINGA, Calif. — Would France rip out its storied vineyards? Would Juan Valdez scorch Colombia's coffee crop? Sri Lanka its black pepper harvest? China its tea?
  • That Tortilla Costs More Than You Think

    04/02/2010 6:52:16 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 11 replies · 458+ views
    ScienceNOW ^ | April 1, 2010 | Lauren Schenkman
    Which costs more, a dollar's worth of sugar or a dollar's worth of paint? That's not a trick question-the sugar costs more, if you count the liters of water that go into making it, according to a new study. Uncovering the water behind the dollars in sectors including cotton farming and movie making could help industries use water more wisely, the study's authors say. Researchers know little about how much and where water is used. The United States Census Bureau stopped monitoring companies' water consumption in the 1980s, so the most detailed information available is the U. S. Geological Survey's...
  • CALIFORNIA: State increases projected water delivery

    04/01/2010 5:55:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 221+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/1/10 | Matt Weiser
    State officials have increased their projected water delivery forecast for the year from 15 to 20 percent of normal, the result of a statewide snowpack that has grown towards the end of winter. Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources, said the allocation could grow to 40 percent next month as runoff measurements firm up. But even that would merely equal last year's allocation. This means the drought effectively enters a fourth year
  • Worst drought in a century wipes out harvests in southwestern China

    03/22/2010 4:46:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 555+ views
    Asia News ^ | 03/22/10
    Worst drought in a century wipes out harvests in southwestern China Rainfall drops 80 per cent. About 51 million people face water shortages in Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Sichuan and Chongqing. Food prices hit the roof as speculators horde production. The danger of street protests increases. Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – An unprecedented drought has hit southwestern China. Unusually high temperatures and dry conditions have cut rainfall by 80 per cent over last year in the provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Sichuan and Chongqing. Water shortages affect about 51 million people. Commodities like sugar cane, flowers, tea, fruit, rubber and coffee have taken...
  • Buying Votes With Water

    03/18/2010 5:21:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies · 1,413+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 18, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California's Central Valley. Turned off to protect a tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen "undecided" on health care reform. One could chalk it up to good fortune or just good constituent service. But in the middle of a contentious health care debate marked by Cornhusker Kickbacks and Louisiana Purchases, we may be forgiven if we find an announcement by the Department of the Interior regarding California's water supply a tad too coincidental. On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced it was increasing...
  • Hugo Chávez left in the dark as El Niño plays power politics

    02/22/2010 4:57:38 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies · 853+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | February 21, 2010 | Rory Carroll
    Hugo Chávez may be wondering, as Venezuela's taps run dry and its cities fall into darkness, whether God is on the side of the Yankees. The El Niño weather phenomenon appears to be taking sides as it parches leftist-ruled parts of South America and brings bounty to US farmers and corporations. One of the severest droughts in decades has given Venezuela's socialist president a political nightmare as hydro-electrical power dribbles to a standstill, unleashing blackouts, rationing and protests. The waters behind the Guri dam, which supplies more than half the nation's power, have touched perilously low levels. Chávez has declared...
  • Congressional Leaders Listen To Valley Water Plight

    01/30/2010 8:31:23 AM PST · by Outside da Box · 17 replies · 408+ views
    KMPH ^ | 1/25/2010 | Liz Gonzalez
    While all lawmakers present at the meeting were Republican, they say this was not intended to be a partisan hearing. A seat was set aside for Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, in hopes the Obama–Appointee would attend or send a representative. He did neither.
  • Scientists create model of monster 'Frankenstorm' (Adios, California!)

    01/24/2010 1:05:40 PM PST · by decimon · 37 replies · 1,247+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2010 | ALICIA CHANG
    > The hypothetical but plausible storm would be similar to the 1861-1862 extreme floods that temporarily moved the state capital from Sacramento to San Francisco and forced the then-governor to attend his inauguration by rowboat. > The Great Flood of 1861-1862 was believed to be the most powerful and longest series of storms in state history, lasting a month and causing severe flooding. The Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys were water-logged and spontaneous lakes popped up in the Mojave Desert and Los Angeles basin. Nearly a third of the young state's taxable land was destroyed. >