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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...