Severe drought spread rapidly across the central US this week, further damaging staple crops and heightening the risk of a global food crisis. The Midwest, where roughly one-third of the world’s staple grains are produced, is experiencing the deepest dry spell in over half a century.
The National Drought Mitigation Center in a statement Thursday reported “tremendous intensification of drought through Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska, and into part of Wyoming and South Dakota in the last week.” Almost 30 percent of the Midwest is under extreme drought, triple that of the previous week.
Every state in the country had some counties under abnormally dry or drought conditions, making the disaster the most widespread US drought since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 1,369 counties across 31 states disaster areas—officially the largest US disaster on record. “It’s getting to the point where some of the damage is not reversible,” said Brian Fuchs, a climatologist at the center. “The damage is done, and even with rain, you’re not going to reverse some of these problems, at least not this growing season.”
So since we currently have a White House that will not do what needs to be done to save our climate, to save our world, I do not know what to tell you.
I think we have probably gotten to the point where it is too late barring some incredible scientific breakthrough.
I do not mean, "The world ends tomorrow!"
But I do mean that it will not be able to sustain life in 100 years, probably not in 50.
And we destroyed it.
And even now we do not care enough to stop it.
We are just going to make the problem worse and worse.
Two weeks ago, I heard the most ridiculous program on public radio. It was a 'green' who wanted everyone to know that she had found a way to get the message out that we need to take serious steps.
By not talking "doom and gloom." People do not like that, she insisted.
So what she does now is talks about good things and she just knows it is going to have an effect.
Know what really has an effect?
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: