Drought Ravages Southwest US

USA Drought Map June 7, 2022

One Key Strategy Can Help Save It It seems like a bad science fiction movie. California governor declares a drought state of emergency. Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe Arizona declare Stage 1 Water Alerts. Austin, Texas follows suit, declaring a Stage 1 Drought Contingency Plan. All across the Southwest, drought is afflicting as much as a quarter…

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World At A Crossroads As Droughts Rise 29%

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UN Report Documents The Drought Problem – A Solution is Available Last week the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) wrapped up its 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire with some compelling drought statistics. Since 2000, the number and duration of droughts has risen 29% From 1970 to 2019, weather, climate and…

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The Other Downside of Drought – Insects

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With 70% of the U.S. experiencing abnormally dry conditions and 55% at moderate or more severe drought levels, you’d think it can’t get much worse. Unfortunately, drought opens the door to other problems – like insects. According to entomologist Julie Peterson of the University of Nebraska, “When corn or soybean plants are stressed due to…

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New Technology Can Save The Planet from The Water Crisis

There is no question much of the planet is facing a water crisis. As we’ve reported before, drought threatens the lives of over two billion people, and four billion people depend on increasingly contaminated shallow groundwater for drinking and food production. The World Resources Institute lists 44 countries as having high baseline water stress. Rather…

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Disease, Malnutrition, War, Famine — The Cost of Drought

In the media and news industry there is an old adage, “If it bleeds, it leads.” That means the stories that will get the most interest and attention from the public will be headlines about murder, mayhem, war and disaster. Unfortunately, this is true. Alas, when it comes to drought, the headlines will read like…

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We Can Avoid “Death by a Thousand Cuts”

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Drought Forces First-Ever Colorado River Water Cutback to Southwest States Move likely to hit farmers hardest, reducing access to region’s economic lifeblood amid protracted drought That’s the headline from an article by Jim Carlton of The Wall Street Journal this week. It comes on the heels of restrictions of water in California (see August 5th…

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