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The Drought That Ate California [GIF]

California is finally getting some rain after enduring a months-long drought. The rain itself now threatens to cause mudslides in vulnerable areas. But it’s better than the crippling dry spell that’s forced massive conservation efforts while damaging crops. Here’s the .gif of images from the U.S. Drought Monitor showing how […]
The Drought That Ate California [GIF]
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6 Crazy Photos That Show Why California Is Desperate For Rain

For many regions of California, 2013 ended as the driest year in recorded history. That trend has continued into 2014, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a drought state of emergency in January of this year. At the beginning of the year, water officials said that the water content in […]
6 Crazy Photos That Show Why California Is Desperate For Rain
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The California Drought In One Photo

The terrible severity of California’s drought is strikingly obvious these side-by-side images of Folsom Lake, a reservoir near Sacramento. On July 20, 2011, the lake was at 97% of its total capacity, according to NASA. On Jan. 16, 2014, the lake had dipped drastically to only 17% of its total […]
The California Drought In One Photo
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Shocking Before And After Pictures Of How Climate Change Is Destroying The Earth

Almost all scientists now agree that global climate change is caused by humans. A steadily-warming planet impacts the environment in many different ways. Rising global temperatures, largely due to man-made greenhouse gases, are the source of widely-discussed observable changes to the Earth like melting glaciers, rising sea levels, warming oceans, […]
Shocking Before And After Pictures Of How Climate Change Is Destroying The Earth
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The 2012 Drought Could Become Second Most Expensive Natural Disaster In History

[credit provider=”Scott Olson/Getty Images” url=”http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/cow-feeds-in-a-drought-damaged-pasture-as-temperatures-news-photo/148483144″] We spent most of last summer documenting the incredible drought ravaging America’s heartland.It was too soon to know just how bad it was going to be, since the harvest would come a few months later.
The 2012 Drought Could Become Second Most Expensive Natural Disaster In History
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Why High Gas Prices Could Linger For The Entire Year

[credit provider=”Flickr/sweeteralternative”] Will the average family have anything left to spend on extras?  For many, the return of the 2 per cent payroll tax was enough of a setback.  Now, with gas topping $4 a gallon in some areas, consumers are scrambling to pay the pump…and the rest of their […]
Why High Gas Prices Could Linger For The Entire Year
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More Than 3,500 US Weather Records Were Smashed In 2012

[credit provider=”AP”] News reports in the past two weeks have noted that 2012 was the warmest year ever recorded in the U.S. Today we learn that 3,527 monthly weather records were broken in 2012, according to the Natural Resources defence Council (NRDC).The tally exceeds the 3,251 records set in 2011, […]
More Than 3,500 US Weather Records Were Smashed In 2012
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The Mississippi River’s Water Levels Are Dropping, And Could Shut Down Trade Next Week

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ChainOfRocksBridge_StLouisMO.jpg”] ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warned Thursday that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis.Mike Petersen of the Army Corps of Engineers […]
The Mississippi River’s Water Levels Are Dropping, And Could Shut Down Trade Next Week
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Happy Consequence Of Climate Change: Bigger Sweet Potatoes

[credit provider=”Wikimedia” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sweet_potatoes.JPG”] Rising levels of carbon dioxide could lead to bigger sweet potatoes, new research indicates. It could also increase yields of other important crops, like rice and wheat, previous findings showed.New Scientist has the story:
Happy Consequence Of Climate Change: Bigger Sweet Potatoes
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Climate Change Killed Off The Mayas (Are We Next?)

[credit provider=”Douglass Kennett, Penn State “] Much has been made of the so-called 2012 Mayan apocalypse. But for the real Maya people, the end of the world came slowly and timed with historic droughts.A new, ultra-detailed climate record from a cave in Belize reveals Classic Maya civilisation collapsed over centuries […]
Climate Change Killed Off The Mayas (Are We Next?)
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European Wine Prices Are About To Spike

[credit provider=”alexbrn | Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexbrn/4717565996/”] BRUSSELS (AP) — Winemaker Cherie Spriggs had watched the bad weather over southern England’s vineyards all season long. It just wasn’t good enough for Nyetimber, her award-winning sparkling wine.”I have never seen a situation like this before,” Spriggs said as the grapes failed to deliver. […]
European Wine Prices Are About To Spike
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No One Can Agree If 10 Billion People On Earth Will Be A Nightmare

[credit provider=”Peter Garnhum on flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/petergarnhum/4000678070/”] By 2100, some 10 billion people will inhabit the earth, according to the United Nations. It’s a topic that vexes climate change experts, with one prominent Oxford University Professor forecasting an “unprecedented planetary emergency.”Is that a must-heed warning from a learned academic? Or can […]
No One Can Agree If 10 Billion People On Earth Will Be A Nightmare
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The Drought Is Causing Buffalo Wingpocalypse

[credit provider=”goodiesfirst via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/scaredykat/3251908111/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] We’ve warned you about the cowpocalypse and cornmageddon.Now prepare for…the Wingpocalypse.
The Drought Is Causing Buffalo Wingpocalypse
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Iranian President Ahmadinejad Blames Enemies For Destroying Iran’s Rain Clouds

[credit provider=”AP Photo/Franklin Reyes” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=dl&id=3457782d6beb446aa033d61050da9e57&showact=results&sort=relevance&sh=10&kwstyle=and&dbm=PY2012&adte=1342462020&ish=x&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=3457782d6beb446aa033d61050da9e57&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] On Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused enemy countries of destroying rain clouds before they reach his drought stricken nation, reports CNBC.With little to no rain in parts of the Islamic Republic, Ahmadinejad placed the blame on his enemies, dismissing any effect by climate change […]
Iranian President Ahmadinejad Blames Enemies For Destroying Iran’s Rain Clouds
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The Drought Could Plunge The US Into Darkness

[credit provider=”AP”] Well, its official – the U.S. government has acknowledged that the U.S. is in the worst drought in over 50 years, since December 1956, when about 58 per cent of the contiguous U.S. was in moderate to extreme drought.    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]
The Drought Could Plunge The US Into Darkness
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Prepare For The End Of Meat…

[credit provider=”Robert Libetti/Business Insider”] It simply takes too much water to grow a steak. In a new report, leading water scientists say the human population would have to switch to an almost entirely vegetarian diet by 2050 to avoid catastrophic global food and water shortages.”There will not be enough water […]
Prepare For The End Of Meat…
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What The Threat Of A Global Food Crisis Means For World Markets

The global food crisis of 2007-2008 is threatening to repeat in the coming months, as the worst drought in 50 years devastates the US corn crop, with 51% of the crop rated “Poor/very poor” by the US Department of Agriculture. This crop is said to be on a par with […]
What The Threat Of A Global Food Crisis Means For World Markets
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Droughts: Bad For The US, Catastrophic For India

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=india%20monsoon&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=30d&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1345137576&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=5e7221311cd640f58ec2b70744b9457d&dbm=PThirtyDay&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] The northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan, and the southern state of Karnataka have declared a drought, according to the Wall Street Journal. And the monsoon’s are 15 per cent lower than the long-term average now, down from 22 per cent.While the drought in the U.S. has […]
Droughts: Bad For The US, Catastrophic For India
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Obama Just Took His First Big Direct Shot At Paul Ryan With A New Line Of Attack

[credit provider=”AP”] At a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, President Barack Obama hammered newly minted Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan for “blocking” a farm bill that Obama says would “provide relief and certainty to U.S. farmers and ranchers” during the worst drought in more than 50 years.The drought is a new line […]
Obama Just Took His First Big Direct Shot At Paul Ryan With A New Line Of Attack
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Six Innovations To Help Humans Make It Through The Coming Droughts And Floods

Wild geoengineering schemes may aim to reverse global warming by reflecting sunlight into space or storing excess carbon dioxide, but they won’t spare humanity from living through climate change in the next several decades. That means humans must adapt to life in a world where droughts hit harder, floodwaters rise […]
Six Innovations To Help Humans Make It Through The Coming Droughts And Floods
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This Is What The Drought Is Going To Do To The Price Of A Cut Of Steak

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Medium_Rare.JPG”] Yes, we’ve been worried about what the drought ravaging the Mid-Western United States has done to the environment, and to volatile commodities prices.But for days (weeks even) we’ve been asking ourselves a horrific question — what will the drought do to the price of a delicious […]
This Is What The Drought Is Going To Do To The Price Of A Cut Of Steak
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Western Drought Could Last 100 Years

[credit provider=”doc(q)man” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/docman/3651093/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] Western forests could be facing a 100-year drought, turning to scrubland by the end of the century – and taking their ability to soak up carbon with them, according to a new study.The new research, published in Nature Geoscience July 29, suggests the western evergreen forests, which […]
Western Drought Could Last 100 Years
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Drought Puts Missouri In A State Of Emergency

[credit provider=”Adrees Latif/Reuters “] (Reuters) – The governor of Missouri on Monday declared a state of emergency due to the drought and prolonged severe heat of this summer, which has so far been blamed in the deaths of 25 people in the state.”The high temperatures and dry conditions across the […]
Drought Puts Missouri In A State Of Emergency
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Drought Fallout Could Range From Inflation To Regime Change

Hungry people standing in bread lines start revolutions: France in 1789, Russia in 1917, Egypt in 2011. That fact must make certain regimes around the world uneasy as the global drought now unfolding causes crops to fail and grain prices to surge. For everyone else, higher food prices are in […]
Drought Fallout Could Range From Inflation To Regime Change
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The Implications Of The Summer Drought Are Devastating

[credit provider=”aastonautss via flickr ” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/linkie0/4085348034/”] The US main agriculture region is experiencing the worst drought in more than half a century.  Corn and soybean prices are being driven through the 2007-2008 highs to new record levels.  The latest US Department of Agriculture estimates that 31% of the corn crop […]
The Implications Of The Summer Drought Are Devastating