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The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby onlooker » Sun 17 Apr 2016, 08:03:17

http://www.vir.com.vn/over-130-oxen-die ... vince.html
Over 130 oxen die from severe drought in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby dohboi » Sun 17 Apr 2016, 17:06:19

Thanks for that report, ol.

Now this: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles ... /down-farm

"A cycle of drought and debt has brought great suffering to Indian farmers..."

And this:

We’re running out of water, and the world’s powers are very worried

https://www.revealnews.org/article/were ... y-worried/

Secret conversations between American diplomats show how a growing water crisis in the Middle East destabilized the region, helping spark civil wars in Syria and Yemen, and how those water shortages are spreading to the United States.

Classified U.S. cables reviewed by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting show a mounting concern by global political and business leaders that water shortages could spark unrest across the world, with dire consequences.

Many of the cables read like diary entries from an apocalyptic sci-fi novel.

“Water shortages have led desperate people to take desperate measures with equally desperate consequences”...


And:

http://thinkprogress.org/world/2016/04/ ... i-farmers/

Millions Face Starvation As Haiti’s Drought Stretches Into Its Third Year

But no one much seems to be noticing any of these. I guess the revolution may be televized, but the actual apocalypse mostly won't--it's just too depressing for most people to watch or contemplate.

Just to point out, both fracking and meat production are very water intensive.
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby WildRose » Sun 17 Apr 2016, 17:22:43

It's very dry here in central Alberta. We had little snowfall this past winter and it melted fast, leaving no standing water for any length of time. Good in the way that we won't have many mosquitoes, but very bad in the way that our wildfire season is expected to be nasty this summer, what with warmer temperatures and lots of wind, so far dismal precipitation.

Below is a video and news story about a "fire tornado" just outside of Edmonton last week, in an area where I often walk with my dog. A firefighter had to escape into the river to avoid flames when the wind suddenly changed direction.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/ ... -1.3539882
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby dohboi » Sun 17 Apr 2016, 18:21:11

Thanks for the info, WR. Are you officially in drought conditions up there, or just dry? Is there a good drought map for Canada, that you know of, that gets updated regularly?
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby dohboi » Sun 17 Apr 2016, 22:39:07

From the 'We're running out of water' article above:
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one-third of the world’s population will be affected by fresh water scarcity by 2025,

with the situation only becoming more dire thereafter and potentially catastrophic by 2050
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby WildRose » Mon 18 Apr 2016, 00:16:54

dohboi wrote:Thanks for the info, WR. Are you officially in drought conditions up there, or just dry? Is there a good drought map for Canada, that you know of, that gets updated regularly?


Here's something you can peruse. Look at the drought intensity map, the arrow is at July 2015. Edmonton and rest of central Alberta, actually most of Alberta, was in severe to extreme drought conditions. If you push the arrow on the map to the far right you will see current conditions, which so far are in the abnormally dry to moderate drought range. Which doesn't seem that bad until you consider that we are into an early, warm spring with very little moisture from a winter with not much snow. Unless patterns really change and we get lots of rain in the next couple of months, we appear to be heading for conditions at least as bad or worse than 2015.

http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/?id=1430766471261
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby dohboi » Mon 18 Apr 2016, 05:00:28

Thanks for the link, WR. And best wishes in an uncertain future.
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby onlooker » Thu 21 Apr 2016, 18:10:24

This is the type of story that is tragically sad, but that is the world we live in now. Drought in South Africa . http://www.theguardian.com/global-devel ... i-zimbabwe
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby dohboi » Tue 26 Apr 2016, 07:18:52

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/i ... 54102.html

India drought: Millions without steady water supply

Region in western Maharashtra state reels under worst drought in decades as wells dry up and heatwave worsens
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby dohboi » Tue 26 Apr 2016, 13:34:20

http://phys.org/news/2016-04-extreme-we ... llion.html

Extreme weather and armed conflicts have put 240 million people under food stress

Back to India:

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles ... /down-farm

In 2014, nearly 12,400 Indian farmers committed suicide

http://ow.ly/4n5At7
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby dohboi » Fri 29 Apr 2016, 19:02:41

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/a ... ds-drought

Obama declares disaster as Marshall Islands suffers worst-ever drought

And on the continent, we now have nearly coast to coast abnormally dry or drought conditions, with just a couple hundred miles of break in the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys.

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Long-range forecasts show some relief possible for the Utah-CO-WY region and for the SE coast areas. But then drought sets in in the SW and then stretches right across the country's southern tier and creeps up the East Coast.

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Things might get...interesting.
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby dohboi » Mon 02 May 2016, 22:48:18

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/m ... ps-country

Armed guards at India's dams as drought grips country


India is officially in the grip of its worst water crisis in years, with the government saying that about 330 million people, or a quarter of the population, are suffering from drought after the last two monsoons failed.

“Water is more precious than gold in this area,” Purshotam Sirohi, who was hired by the local municipality to protect the dam, in Tikamgarh district, told AFP.

“We are protecting the dam round the clock.”

India is officially in the grip of its worst water crisis in years, with the government saying that about 330 million people, or a quarter of the population, are suffering from drought after the last two monsoons failed.

But the security measures cannot stop the drought from ravaging the dam, with officials saying it holds just one month of reserves.

Four reservoirs in Madhya Pradesh have already dried up, leaving more than a million people with inadequate water and forcing authorities to bring in supplies using trucks.

Almost a 100,000 residents in Tikamgarh get piped water for just two hours every fourth day, while municipal authorities have ordered new bore wells to be dug to meet demand.

But it may not be enough, with officials saying the groundwater level has receded more than 100 feet (30 metres) owing to less than half the average annual rainfall in the past few years.
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

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India – Climate change drought forces judicial to weigh on the side of food distribution.

SC directs 12 drought-hit states to immediately rush free food


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aw or no law, the right to food is a constitutional one, the Supreme Court said on Friday, directing 12 drought-hit states to immediately rush free food grains and other subsidised items such as dal and edible oil to all those in the affected areas.

The states were also directed not to discontinue their mid-day meals in schools during the summer vacations. “No one can doubt that children are the future of our country and if there is some stinginess in providing them with adequate nutrition, the country as a whole is deprived in future of taking the benefit of their potential,” Justices Madan B Lokur and NV Ramanna observed.



http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 262686.cms
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby dohboi » Thu 19 May 2016, 12:34:54

http://e360.yale.edu/feature/south_afri ... -327792861

As Drought Grips South Africa,
A Conflict Over Water and Coal


Facing one of the worst droughts in memory, South Africa’s leaders have doubled down on their support of the water-intensive coal industry. But clean energy advocates say the smartest move would be to back the country’s burgeoning wind and solar power sectors.

The drought, the most extreme in South Africa since the start of the 20th century, shattered the fragile equilibrium between the agricultural and coal sectors.

Pitched street clashes between farmers and police, who back the coal interests, have broken out south of Musina, where Coal Africa proposes to build a $406 million mine in an area where some of the country’s most productive vegetable farms operate. The mine would consume 1 million gallons of water a day, according to company disclosures. Both the mine and neighboring irrigated farms are dependent on the Nzhelele River, which has dwindled to a shallow stream.

Higher temperatures and diminished rainfall, which many scientists attribute to climate change are wreaking havoc in two of South Africa’s largest economic sectors — agriculture and energy. Yet in the face of this growing crisis, South Africa’s leaders continue to display unyielding allegiance to the nation’s water-guzzling coal sector
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby dohboi » Thu 19 May 2016, 12:42:31

Meanwhile, back stateside, not much change in the drought situations. A bit dryer in Oregon, Alabama and the Black Hills area, and a bit less dry in Missouri is all I see. Oh, and parts of inland northern CA and north Nevada and Utah--much needed relief there!

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/MapsAndDa ... rison.aspx

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/MapsAndDa ... eMaps.aspx

The forcasts are still predicting a hotter than usual summer throughout the 48, then a colder than usual winter for most of us up in the northern tier. And starting in the fall, a long term drying out is still predicted for most of the southern tier of the states. http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Supplemen ... casts.aspx
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby jedrider » Fri 20 May 2016, 11:40:30

Lake Mead at lowest level EVER. <200 feet to dead pool level. States are agreeing to cut back usage, though.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Nation/2016/05/19/Lake-Mead-shrinks-to-record-low-amid-ongoing-Western-drought-Colorado-River-reservoir-expected-to-keep-shrinking.html
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby Plantagenet » Thu 26 May 2016, 16:08:55

Cuba is suffering from a serious drought. Much like Florida the swamps in Cuba are drying out and agriculture is doing even worse then usual.

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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby dohboi » Fri 27 May 2016, 16:39:02

Thanks for the heads up on that situation, P. Are you there now?
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby dohboi » Mon 30 May 2016, 22:29:49

It looks like the Drumpf may have been looking at a few too many of pstarr's posts here! :-D :-D

Trump Denies CA Drought

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronom ... ornia.html
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Re: The Drought Thread Pt. 4

Unread postby pstarr » Mon 30 May 2016, 23:22:07

dohboi wrote:It looks like the Drumpf may have been looking at a few too many of pstarr's posts here! :-D :-D

Trump Denies CA Drought

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronom ... ornia.html

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