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The Caribbean accounts for seven of the world’s top 36 water-stressed countries and Barbados is in the top ten. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) defines countries like Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis as water-scarce with less than 1000 m3 freshwater resources per capita.

With droughts becoming more seasonal in nature in the Caribbean, experts say agriculture is the most likely sector to be impacted, with serious economic and social consequences.

Expensive, desalinated water resources are also becoming more important in the Caribbean, accounting for as much as 70 percent in Antigua and Barbuda.

This is particularly important since the majority of Caribbean agriculture is rain fed. With irrigation use becoming more widespread in the Caribbean, countries’ fresh-water supply will become increasingly important.

In light of the dilemma faced by the region, the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) is spearheading a climate smart agriculture project in which 90 farmers from three Caribbean countries, including Barbados, will participate over the next 18 months.

Executive director of the CPDC Gordon Bispham said the aim of the project, in which farmers from Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines are also involved, is to support sustainable livelihoods and reinforce that farming is serious business.

“Farming is not a hobby. It is a business where we can apply specific technology and methodologies, not only to be sustainable, but to be profitable. That is going to be very central to our programme,” Bispham said at the project’s launch last week.

“If we are going to be successful, it means that we are going to have to build partnerships and networks so that we can share the information that we learn from the project. We must not only upscale agriculture in the three countries identified, but bring more countries of the region into the fold,” he said.

According to the FAO, drought can affect the agriculture sector in several ways, by reducing crop yields and productivity, and causing premature death of livestock and poultry. Even a dry spell of 7-10 days can result in a reduction of yields, influencing the livelihoods of farmers.

Farmers, particularly small farmers, are vulnerable to drought as their livelihoods are threatened by low rainfall where crops are rain fed and by low water levels and increased production costs due to increased irrigation, the FAO said.

It notes that livestock grazing areas change in nutritional value, as more low quality, drought tolerant species dominate during extensive droughts, causing the vulnerability of livestock to increase. The potential for livestock diseases also increases.

“Drought ranks as the single most common cause of severe food shortages in developing countries, so this is a key issue for Caribbean food security,” said Deep Ford, Regional Coordinator for FAO in the Caribbean.

He adds that the poor are vulnerable as food price increases are often associated with drought. Expensive, desalinated water resources are also becoming more important in the Caribbean, accounting for as much as 70 percent in Antigua and Barbuda, and this can impact the poor significantly.

The FAO official adds that rural communities are vulnerable since potable water networks are less dense and therefore more heavily impacted during drought, while children are at highest risk from inadequate water supplies during drought.

Bispham said the youth and women would be a focus of the climate smart agriculture project, adding that with their inclusion in the sector, countries can depend on agriculture to make a sizable contribution to their gross domestic product (GDP).

While throwing her support behind the agriculture project, head of the political section and chargé d’affaires of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Silvia Kofler, highlighted the threat presented by global warning.

“Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impact of climate change. It is an all-encompassing threat, and the nature and scale of this global challenge that we are facing demands a concerted action of us all,” she said.

She gave policymakers in Barbados the assurance that the European Union was willing to assist the region in transforming their societies and sectors into smart and sustainable ones, whether in farming or otherwise. 

FAO said climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean, so countries must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other climate related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication.

A new FAO study says the Caribbean faces significant challenges in terms of drought. The region already experiences drought-like events every year, often with low water availability impacting agriculture and water resources, and a significant number of bush fires.

The Caribbean also experiences intense dry seasons, particularly in years with El Niño events. The impacts are usually offset by the next wet season, but wet seasons often end early and dry seasons last longer with the result that annual rainfall is less than expected.

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society James Paul said 2016 was an extremely tough year for farmers, as the limited rainfall affected the harvesting and planting of crops.

But he is encouraged by the fact that unlike last year there is no prediction of a prolonged drought for Barbados.

“Rain if still falling on some areas off and on, so that is a good sign. But the good thing is that we haven’t had any warning of a possible drought and we are hoping that it remains that way,” he said.

“With the little rainfall we got last year, farmers had some serious problems so we are definitely hoping for more rain this time around.”

Deputy Director of the Barbados Meteorological Services Sonia Nurse explained that 2016 started with below-normal rainfall levels in the first half of the year. However, by the end of the year, a total of 1,422 mm (55.62 inches), recorded at the Grantley Adams station, was in excess of the 30-year average of 1,270 mm (50.05 inches), while the 2015 total of 789 mm (31.07 inches) fell way below the 30-year average.

“Figures showed that approximately 78 per cent or 1,099.1 mm (43.27 inches) of the total rainfall measured last year was experienced during the wet season (June-November) as opposed to 461 mm (18.15 inches) recorded during the same period of the 2015 wet season.

“However, rainfall data showed that 2015 started out significantly wetter than 2016, with accumulations of over nine inches recorded between January and April as opposed to a mere five inches, which was recorded January to April 2016. A similar rainfall pattern was reported from some of the other stations around the island.”


36 Comments on "Farming Beyond Drought"

  1. penury on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 10:59 am 

    Apparently willing to consider all possible alternatives except the only one that would accomplish anything. Too many people, too few resources, Solution? Technology to the rescue.

  2. AM on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 11:33 am 

    Honestly penury bro. Your idea is unworkable and unrealistic. Reproduction is a very strong drive and then we have women doing all kind of manner of things to entice men. If you say let’s cover them up then that wouldn’t do it either since that’s how they’re put into the compulsory breeding program.

    My idea has a better chance than yours? My current obsession is to kill extremist tards.

  3. Davy on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 1:36 pm 

    My permaculture grazing system of goat and cattle is geared towards a future of extremes. I am heavy on the goats and lighter on the cattle. Cattle need grass which is harder to maintain then weeds and brush in extreme temperatures. I am keeping my stocking rate down to maintain plenty of forage regardless of conditions. Goats are the key to my operation because they can browse in the woods and brushy areas and also eat grass. The cattle are the money makers though. Goats are not very profitable unless you have very high stocking rates. My garden is located bellow a pond I can use for irrigation if needed. I am prepared for a drought and heat. Someday I know the heat may be too much in an abrupt climate change world but I will be OK until the worst.

  4. Shortend on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 1:43 pm 

    I live in South Florida…believe me we are getting the “overspill” of population explosion from the islands…its like another world from several decades ago.
    I have talk to a number of these recent arrivals and seems they think have a numerous offspring is good.
    At this point, why bother to argue?

  5. onlooker on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 1:56 pm 

    Biogenetics offers some real promise in this field and also human physiology. I hope though we don’t get too smug and think it’s a magic bullet to the predicament of human overshoot

  6. Apneaman on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 3:30 pm 

    Best comment on more humans

  7. Apneaman on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 3:41 pm 

    Utopia – illuminati/freemason scene.

    It’s fiction but it’s what I would do if it was in my power and my goal was to save the humans.

    The humans have caused enough suffering and have suffered enough themselves, I would not save them if it was in my power. let it be.

  8. Estamos Jodidos on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 4:14 pm 

    Davy, Goats and cattle here also. Goats live on the hill in the winter months and pasture during the summertime. Right now they’re out along the river eating willows. The cows are Dexters, small, but excellent beef, and good milkers. Just finished a batch of Feta Cheese made from Goat’s Milk. We also have a large garden and we sell our surplus at the local Farmer’s Market in town. We put in a high tunnel green house 3 years ago and so we now grow lots of Tomatoes and Peppers. We’re seeing how sweet potatoes do this year. We’re at 7,000 feet elevation, so gardens aren’t easy but we grow lots of potatoes, corn, squash, beets, beens, lettuce, cabbage, eating pumpkins chard, and carrots. We can it all at the end of the season and stand back and admire our pantry with food for at least a few years. I’ll kill a couple of deer in September and we pressure can the meat. It’ll keep for a long time. By the way, our place is in the southwestern USA and it’s been damn hot this whole summer, but not a lot of rain yet. Monsoon is late two weeks, at least here. Best to all.

  9. energy investor on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 4:17 pm 

    Not everywhere, but in many places….

    As we exhaust fossil aquifers, it seems that we become more reliant on droughts not occurring.

    But droughts do occur and so they are being blamed on climate change when in some cases the changes are minimal.

    Will the further collapse of the Ogalalla and California aquifers be used also to point to increased droughts and onwards to blame climate change?

    At what point do we try to separate true cause and effect?

    It all seems so complicated.

  10. onlooker on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 4:54 pm 

    EI, the aquifers like Ogalalla took thousands to millions of years to fill. It is human overpopulation which is draining them. And climate change will make things worse in some areas that are already prone to droughts and dry conditions. Oh and AP, good one. Mercy killing on a grand scale. Hey we killed for the wrong reasons through much of our history, so in this case we would be alleviating suffering and putting our population more in balance with the Earths capacity to sustain us

  11. Davy on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 5:47 pm 

    Estamos, it is wonderful to see goats eat what most farmers would consider problems that equipment or chemicals are needed for. My goats like willows too. I am really excited when the goats eat Sericea Lespedeza which is a very competitive invasive. Normally to control Sericea requires several years of chemical treatment. I have learned to live with it with goats. In fact I am making no effort to eradicate it. My goal is management and control so it does not completely dominate areas. The goats do that for me and love it. Anyway, yours is a nice story Estamos. Keep up the hard work. What we do is hard work and underappreciated.

  12. Hubert on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 6:13 pm 

    Most of the aquifers around the world are pretty much disappearing. No water, no food. We are almost done.

  13. Makati1 on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 6:16 pm 

    Some point to the overpopulation of Asia and the hoards that will migrate to better places there, without thinking about the hoards in South and Central America and the Caribbean.

    There are about 700,000,000 people that are NOT in the U$, yet live in the Americas. About 40,000,000 live in the Caribbean. Another 180,000,000 in Central America. That is a huge potential migration. And the U$ is only a sail or hike, away. Do you speak Spanish or Portuguese? lol

  14. Apneaman on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 6:33 pm 

    This Is Why We Think We’re in the Middle of a Sixth Mass Extinction

    “More recently, a study in 2015 had suggested that we might be entering the sixth mass extinction considering that about 200 hundred species have become extinct over the last century. The study’s authors figured this was alarming because the typical rate at which a species dies out is about two species for every 10,000 over 100 years, according to the authors, so 200 species blinking out should’ve taken about 800 to 10,000 years, not 100.”

  15. Apneaman on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 6:34 pm 

    Extinction by people, for people and eventually, of people

    “And as if we needed to feel even more that we are life’s bosses, we also generally are impervious to facts. No matter how many grounded studies scientists do to reveal the catastrophic effects of our actions to the living systems of the planet, we still all generally behave as if things were normal.”

  16. Apneaman on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 6:52 pm 

    While many suffer from drought many others are getting hammered by Rain Bombs. In the new abnormal it no longer takes record breaking weather events to cause major disruption and damage to societies. The bar has been raised and folks are being pounded by damaging Rain Bombs on a frequent basis.

    It’s like carpet Rain Bombing.

    Cornish village begins clean-up work after torrential rain and floods

    Scene in Coverack ‘devastating’ as forecasters warn of more potential flooding in parts of England and Wales

    WATCH: Bird’s-eye view of flooding damage on Toronto Islands

    “Record-breaking springtime water levels in Lake Ontario have left nearly 40 per cent of the Toronto Islands underwater as the midway mark of summer nears.”

    Flood damage after severe storms hit north Wales

    “A video on social media shows water cascading down a stairwell at the hospital, managed by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

    Meanwhile, a lightning strike on a Gwynedd pub earlier on Wednesday caused a fire to a chimney stack.

    Crews were called to the Peniarth Arms in Bryncrug, near Tywyn, and the fire was put out at 03:30 BST. North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said there were no injuries.

    Alex Jones, in Rhyl, tweeted that many roads had “turned to rivers” after torrential rain, with “drains going up like fountains”.”

    Flooding, slips and ‘widespread disruption’ expected

    “This is a significant weather event and the combination of heavy rain and strong winds is expected to cause widespread disruption to transport, localised flooding and slips,” MetService said.”

    Rain Bombs All Over The World

  17. Apneaman on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 9:32 pm 

    Triple digit temps dry the Rio Grande

    New Mexico’s farmers and endangered fish had a tough month

    “Currently, 96 percent of the state is classified as “abnormally dry”—up from 76 percent last week and 50 percent a year ago. About 16 percent of the state is experiencing moderate drought.”

  18. energy investor on Thu, 20th Jul 2017 11:09 pm 


    In NZ we are having a reasonably wet winter and there is no sign that things here are out of the ordinary. We have built on flood plains and we have had flooding over either winter or in summer for all of my 70 years.

    I see nothing unusual other than this year 50 year dumps of snow and cold temperatures in various places that suggest we are in the start of an ice age if anyone wants to argue that…yet no-one dares 🙂

    Every weather event is now regarded as evidence of AGW. Every event here is hyped by NZ’s NIWA and any organisation with an interest in the IPCC Meme.

    Sure the glaciers are still retreating and our sea level is rising by about 1.2 – 1.5 mm each year as has been going on for 100years or so. But is this because of AGW or is it simply because we are still in an interglacial period?

    Wherever there are claims of a drought I now wonder whether this situation has been going on forever and all we have done to make farming marginal or impossible in those drought prone areas (like Mid West USA and California), is to drain fossil aquifers and not be able to cope with drought anymore.

    Anyone who considers events like Hurricane Katrina should first link to the parallel with the storm of 1900 that wiped out Galveston, before drawing the Katrina metaphor.

    We need accurate weather data over a longer period than the present models show, so that instead of taking modified figures, real figures can be used.

    I don’t have the answers, but instead sit on the fence.

    In our Canterbury region, we are converting our wheat, barley etc to dairy and using aquifer water to produce the grass and fodder for cows. We are damning and diverting rivers for dairy farms. When will our aquifers dry up and when will we be arguing that global warming is responsible for droughts? – yet we always have droughts and it is only artesian water that allows us to farm in such a patently unsustainable way.

    In Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Labanon the population exploded after WW2 with access to oil revenues that no longer sustain the countries. Yet all the IPCC folk can talk about is the droughts that have always existed there as cause for the sectarian strife and suffering – all due to AGW.

    The Aswan High Dam in Egypt cut off the Nile basin from its annual floods, so the nutrients and Nile water are no longer avaiable or greatly reduced.

    But the first thing we must do is to work out what is the cause.

    In 1750AD at the start of the Industrial Revolution humans numbered less than 1 billion and together with our livestock we amounted to about 7% of all land mammals. Today at 7.5 billion, we and our livestock comprise 98% of all land mammals and yet no-one has the B**ls to ask why we are breeding ourselves towards extinction.

    It is socialist political correctness that blinds our researchers and our media to the true causation….

    Colorado River – too many people and cities
    Rio Grande – the same.

    We will be extinct before the financiers realise their toadies were just looking at the side show, and not the main event!

    Yeah right!

  19. Cloggie on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 2:28 am 

    Just to get an idea how much (as in: little) water their actually is on this planet, with a small fraction of it being potable:

    The only answer for the territories mentioned is applying agricultural (indoor) methods that require very little water:

    …and hope for cheaper desalinization methods, that are in the pipeline (pun intended):

  20. deadlykillerbeaz on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 3:54 am 

    Have had about four inches of rain since the beginning of May. There was seven weeks of no rain with temps in the nineties. It was looking very bad.

    Near record snowfall over the winter, soil dried out, darn near impossible to water it all. Rain is what is needed in the worst way. Then it finally does rain, finally.

    Probably the driest summer ever witnessed, one not soon to be forgotten. Some crops are toast.

    Forget about overshoot, nothing can be done.

    Give up, you’re beating a dead horse, causes ennui. It gets old talking about too many people. What does it matter at this point?

  21. Davy on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 5:08 am 

    There is plenty of evidence we are in a warming. What is happening in the Arctic is clear. The warmer oceans are more evidence. We are forcing nature with documented CO2 increases which paleo climatic data suggesting an altered climate is ahead. Yet, long term climate cycles are always there. Do we know enough about climate short and long term? I think short term maybe but longer term there are still surprises. The sun and the insides of the earth hold unanswered secrets.

    Humans are all about hype. We react to risk by our nature emotionally then we try to rationalize. Climate change is significantly hype but I find it hard to ignore what we are doing to the earth and not acknowledge human induced forcing of climate and ecosystems. I am not on the fence but I am not overly concerned about climate change in the short term. In the short term for me it is an unstable economic arrangement that maintains 7BIL people. It is complexity of all that with an order of magnitude too many people considering natural resource constraints. Climate change is a worry in the short term as just another influence to the instability of our civilization. Longer term it may be the issue but now it is not.

    This points to the human issue of processing in relation to scale, location and time frame. Humans have difficulties with time frames. We have difficulties scaling our lives to the global world. We are bombarded with news that goes into minds that have big imaginations and yet we live in small spaces. We are a global people in locals. We have all kinds of neurosis because of these tensions. Humans have always been local what we have not had is the global. It is this global access that our imagination consumes and then we lose perspective. A proper perspective should be grounded in the local. Is there really the need to have such a great range or is this just gluttony because we can?

    The sad truth is it is no longer an option it is now vital. We crossed a threshold economically where global reach is built into the economic activity that maintains our civilization. The political follows the economic. We can tweak this arrangement away from some poor behaviors but we have incorporated global reach into our lives and it is now the problem as we approach limits. Even those who are localized like the very poor or people who live in small spaces by choice are part of a globalized world. You can’t hide from the effects or the dangers. There is no place to hide and no decoupling at the level of existential risk.

    It is our own arrangements that may be the greatest danger in the immediate but we don’t hype that much because of optimism and techno narcissism. It becomes a vicious circle of ever greater efforts to maintain these human arrangement of civilization that exasperate climate and ecosystem problems. Science shows us that these complex system can and do break down yet we continue to push the envelope claiming techno solutions. We always have solutions setting around on the shelf. Many solutions are theoretical and lab based. It is the problems that are increasingly mismatched in scale or time frame making solutions more difficult. Our problems are compressing into tighter time frames and degrees of danger but our solutions are requiring more time and expense. This points to an inflection somewhere ahead yet humans have this linear thinking of destiny. We see ourselves evolving not hitting a wall of change.

    This existential trap then becomes spiritual and personal because our existential global arrangement is fixed in self-organization within planetary acquiescence. We want to think we can manage this per our imagination of what should be with techno solutions or organizational efforts. The truth is we are now increasingly beyond solutions which is witnessed by our inability to change global trends. Climate efforts are just one such example. Even our governments and central banks are finding themselves helpless to forces beyond their scope.

    It is now time to turn to our spiritual and personal to decouple by proper wisdom. This wisdom can only be found in the local and within. In the local we can find real answers but first we must acknowledge we are helpless above the local with nowhere to hide. We must yield to greater powers. Our spirituality has come full circle. We left this state with the advent of the enlightenment but we are now returning in humility of helplessness. We can say no and we can live with less. It is called self-control and humility. It is about leaving the denial of death and seeing we are mortal. The greater civilization sees immortality which is a lie. Civilization must see immortality or there is no confidence to take its next step. Wisdom now can only be found in the local and within the individual. It is the individual who can take this wisdom and combine it with others in small groups to return to our natural disposition. Climate can be dealt with at this personal level by adapting and mitigating personal risk locally. The rest is beyond us as a civilization

  22. AM on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 11:42 am 

    @clogtard do you score much? I don’t but it doesn’t give me reason to hate women

    Why you said the tweet is just a lighthearted statement? are you going soft?

    It’s well known that to break through tard level and enter blowhard level you must take firm steps and never retreat. president trump didn’t teach you anything?

    When I said we need to enlist women and get them into combat so we could kill extremist tards, you think I wanted to win arguments?

    later bro

  23. Apneaman on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 12:18 pm 

    All hell breaks loose as the tundra thaws

    A recent heatwave in Siberia’s frozen wastes has resulted in outbreaks of deadly anthrax and a series of violent explosions

    “Last August a boy died of anthrax in the remote Yamal Peninsula, and 20 other infected people were treated and survived. Anthrax hadn’t been seen in the region for 75 years, and it’s thought the recent outbreak followed an intense heatwave in Siberia, temperatures reaching over 30C that melted the frozen permafrost.

    Long dormant spores of the highly infectious anthrax bacteria frozen in the carcass of an infected reindeer rejuvenated themselves and infected herds of reindeer and eventually local people.”

    “Melting permafrost was again suspected, thawing out dead vegetation and erupting in a blowout of highly flammable methane gas.

    Over the past three years, 14 other giant craters have been found in the region, some of them truly massive – the first one discovered was around 50m (160ft) wide and about 70m (230ft) deep, with steep sides and debris spread all around.

    There have also been cases of the ground trembling in Siberia as bubbles of methane trapped below the surface set the ground wobbling like an airbed.”

  24. onlooker on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 1:04 pm 

    AP, those acoustics and drama of those eruptions match the seriousness of what they portend. We are in deep dodo.

  25. Sissyfuss on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 1:19 pm 

    The explosive craters in Siberia remind me of the constant explosions in the movie “The Road.”

  26. Apneaman on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 1:39 pm 

    onlooker, it do look dramatic. People love drama and many think AGW consequences are not all that bad right now because they are thinking Hollywood disasters. Methinks that’s a cultural indoctrination. Collapse is a process, not an event and civilizations die a death by a thousand cuts and in the case of massive global techno industrialized civilization it’s death by a million cuts.

    It costs a shit load of money to rescue people and put out fires and all the repairs and rebuild after. This has been growing for a number of years now planet wide and will continue.

    For instance in 2015 BC spent an all time high fighting wildfires $380 million. We’re at it again this year and have had some very dramatic scenes of the villager fleeing (in SUV’s) massive fires. Still a couple of months and maybe more left in the ever lengthening wildfire season.

    Here’s the bill so far this year as calculated 5 days ago.

    UPDATED WITH VIDEO: BC Wildfires: More than 36,000 people displaced, cost at $81M

    Even more costly is all the flooding from the new abnormal hydrologic cycle – Rain Bombs.

    Anyone who reads my post can see they are happening almost daily and in numerous locals. The vast majority of what I post is record breaking events, but there are many more that are close to records or still bad enough to add to the debt burden.

    So the entire planet may not be dramatically on fire right now, but civilization is being bleed out by AGW consequences. This is all on top of the other retard levels of debt.

  27. Apneaman on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 1:45 pm 

    The beginning of the oneway decline or just a bad year? Either way it’s coming.

    The U.S. Drought Is Turning Wheat Into Hay

    Global buyers of quality wheat face disappointment in Canada

    Australian drought pushing wheat outlook down

    Rising Wheat Price Could Undermine Food Security

  28. bobinget on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 4:39 pm 

    GMO hold promise with drought tolerant varieties
    of grains.

  29. DerHundistlos on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 5:44 pm 

    “Glaciers are still retreating due to an interglacial period.”

    This is certainly not the case in our Glacier National Park. When the park was created some 100 years ago, 150 growing glaciers were identified and had existed for the past 7.000 years. In 2003, the USGS estimated remnants of the glaciers would remain evident through 2030. Based on current melt rates, the final nail in the glacier coffin will be drilled in 2020. Yes, the park named for glaciers will have no glaciers within the next several years.

  30. Apneaman on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 5:59 pm 

    energy investor, that’s a lot of claims with not even one link or any stats. What about space aliens? Maybe they are causing glaciers to shrink with their evil space lazers? Ya that’s it, but I don’t have a link to the data because my dog ate it along with my home work. You just make shit up like that when you talk to people in the real world?

    Flooding, slips and ‘widespread disruption’ expected

    “This is a significant weather event and the combination of heavy rain and strong winds is expected to cause widespread disruption to transport, localised flooding and slips,” MetService said.”

    So it doesn’t count because you don’t want it to – gotcha.

    Just fuck off and don’t talk to me again.

  31. Apneaman on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 6:09 pm 

    New Zealand had its hottest ever recorded year in 2016, Niwa climate summary says

    It’s practically another mini ice age…..again….like last week.

  32. Apneaman on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 6:19 pm 

    The world’s most-populated city, Shanghai, just had its hottest day in recorded history

    “On Friday, the 24-million-plus inhabitants of Shanghai witnessed the temperature skyrocket to 105.6 degrees (40.9 Celsius), its hottest day ever recorded.”

    Watch out for that mini ice age…..any day now.

  33. Apneaman on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 6:23 pm 

    Heat, Sweat, and Ozone Plague U.S.; All-Time High in Shanghai

    “Although this week’s heat wave across the central and eastern U.S. has fallen short of record-smashing in most areas, it’s managed to bring misery to tens of millions of people. Excessive heat warnings were in place on Friday for Omaha, Kansas City, Des Moines, St. Louis, and neighboring areas, where heat indices will range between 105°F and 115°F. The Philadelphia area was also in an excessive heat warning for heat indices that could reach 103°F. Heat advisories covered a vast swath of the central U.S. and the mid-Atlantic region.

    The prevailing stagnant air mass is leading to widespread poor air quality, especially in the big cities of the East where low-level ozone is a major problem during heat waves. Air quality alerts were in effect Friday for the Atlanta region, central North Carolina, and most of the megalopolis from Washington, D.C., to New York. The Air Quality Index was predicted to reach the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” range across these areas on Friday, mainly due to ozone.”

  34. Apneaman on Fri, 21st Jul 2017 6:28 pm 

    Rains push Fox River past record flood level, Des Plaines also rising again

  35. Apneaman on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 12:21 pm 

    Silly Vegans under the illusion that the Cancer apes can be guilted into giving up their dead animal flesh dopamine hits – Ha! I luvs my meat & meat byproducts and ain’t giving them up for nutin.

    Over 2bn People lack safe drinking water whilst we provide 59 BILLION farmed animals a year with it!

    “Over 2bn People lack safe drinking water whilst we provide 59 BILLION farmed animals a year with it!

    The amount of safe, clean water used to raise livestock is staggering when so many people go without it and die from disease every day.”

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