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Traditional crop breeding cultivates drought tolerance faster and more efficiently than genetic modification

11/4/2014 - Traditional plant breeding techniques are dramatically outperforming genetic engineering in the quest to develop crop verities that can be grown in more marginal conditions, according to researchers from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico City. Researchers have...

14 California communities now on verge of waterless-ness; mass migration out of California seems imminent

10/20/2014 - Unless California gets some heavy rain, and soon, the state's roughly 38 million residents will eventually be up a creek without a paddle -- or without a creek, for that matter. The latest media reports indicate that some 14 communities throughout the state are now on the verge of running completely...

California crop harvests plummet as drought takes toll on national food supply

10/20/2014 - The end of September marked three straight years of severe drought for California, with the state receiving less than 60 percent of its average precipitation. The lack of rainfall has resulted in immense suffering throughout the state, leaving low reservoirs, fallowed farmland, rising unemployment...

Less than 60 days remaining before dozens of California communities run out of water

9/29/2014 10:53:22 AM - Chronic drought conditions throughout the West continue to wreak havoc on the general public, as well as farming operations, but in California, things are about to get much worse. Some regions of the state are now within two months of completely running out of water, according to CBS San Francisco,...

World's almond supply approaching collapse due to California drought

9/25/2014 - Almond farmers in California's Central Valley, where about 80 percent of the world's supply of almonds is grown, are desperate for water. As most of the state hobbles through one of its worst droughts in history, growers are reportedly siphoning off water wherever they can get it, robbing taxpayers...

'Water mafia' in California's future? Residents may soon be forced to buy water on the black market just like in India

9/13/2014 - In recent days, residents of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities got to experience a rare treat -- rainfall -- but of course, it was far too little to do much to alleviate the state's ongoing brutal drought. That said, there is some concern that water may become so scarce -- and so valuable...

Drought apocalypse begins in California as wells run dry

9/4/2014 - Water wells in central California have begun to run dry, reports the LA Times. (1) "Extreme drought conditions have become so harsh for the Central Valley community of East Porterville [that] many of its residents dependent on their own wells have run out of water." Tulare County has confirmed their...

35-year 'megadrought' to strike the American southwest

9/4/2014 - In the summer of 2014, social media sites were awash with videos of people taking the "ALS ice bucket challenge." The ALS marketing stunt caught on like wildfire, prompting hundreds of thousands of social media users to pour buckets of ice water over their heads. As the organization gained attention,...

Drought in Spain means massive olive oil shortage in months ahead

9/1/2014 - Futures investors are making an already difficult situation worse in Spain, where unrelenting drought conditions in the world's largest olive-producing country threaten to spike the price of olive oil globally. Reports indicate that this year's olive crop could be down by as much as 40 percent due to...

Despite California's drought, residents are promised access to several times more water than is actually available

8/31/2014 - There is a major water crisis currently sweeping California, and experts say outdated water allocation data is making the problem even worse. In many areas of the state, say experts, water control measures, many of which were established back in the 1920s and 1930s, have over-promised water that doesn't...

How California's extreme drought will lead to a wave of earthquakes

8/18/2014 - With about 60 percent of the state now limping through the worst categorical level of drought on record, California faces an unprecedented water crisis that, besides triggering shortages, stands to greatly influence the availability of fresh produce nationwide. And as far as its own residents and the...

Top 10 US cities running out of water

8/14/2014 - The U.S. Drought Monitor has released new data on U.S. cities that are running out of water -- and believe it or not, the top 10 spots are all located in California. Some of the worst drought conditions on record have left much of the Golden State grasping for moisture wherever it can be found. But...

Mass migration away from California may begin due to extreme drought

8/14/2014 - Desperate times call for desperate measures, as the saying goes, and for sure, California is undergoing some pretty desperate times as a historic drought both spreads and worsens across the state, causing some to consider moving perhaps millions of Californians out of the hardest hit areas. As reported...

Water costs skyrocket 1,000% where half the nation's fruits, vegetables and nuts are grown

8/3/2014 - It is not as if there aren't any economic factors influencing the price of groceries these days. Transportation alone, thanks to skyrocketing fuel prices, has lifted the cost of everything we buy at the grocery store. Now, one of the worst droughts in U.S. history is making the one thing absolutely...

California wake-up call: Extreme drought will lead to migration exit and real estate collapse

8/2/2014 - A shocking 58 percent of the state of California is now in a state of "exceptional drought," according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. (1) "The drought's incredible three-year duration has nearly depleted both the state's topsoil moisture and subsoil moisture reserves, according to Brad Rippey of the...

Water wars begin in California

7/24/2014 - Now in its third year of record-breaking drought conditions, the water-deprived state of California is reportedly beefing up its law enforcement to crack down on so-called water "abusers" who use too much. In Los Angeles, a full-time "water cop," with three more on the way, now patrols the streets daily...

U.S. drought reaches 'apocalyptic' extremes

7/22/2014 - Wide swaths of the United States remain mired in one of the worst droughts in recent times, prompting some to describe conditions as near "apocalyptic." California, which is essentially the nation's fruit basket, has been particularly hard hit. As noted by The Economic Collapse Blog, some scientists...

California insanity: Homeowners shamed for green lawns; fined for brown lawns

7/21/2014 - Not only are Californians suffering from an intense drought, but they're being shamed by their neighbors and fined by the city, that is if they're caught violating tough water restrictions mandated by the state. According to a report by International Business Times, a crippling drought affecting...

Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and other cities headed for imminent water supply collapse; wave of drought refugees now inevitable

6/29/2014 - One bizarre trait that strongly characterizes modern human civilization is a widespread inability to plan ahead. On every issue imaginable -- debt spending, fossil fuels, health care costs, resource extraction and so on -- our citizens and political leaders demonstrate near-retarded cognitive function...

West Texas rapidly running out of water - less than 90-day supply remaining in dozens of towns

5/30/2014 - At least 33 communities in Texas could soon be completely out of water, some within three short months. Others say they could go dry in just 45 days. Pebble Beach, a town northwest of San Antonio, has had their request approved for a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to dig new,...

Drought now affecting two-thirds of Texas

4/17/2014 - The State of Texas is growing thirstier with each and every passing day, as drought conditions continue to dry up the land. According to a new drought report from the Texas Water Development Board, the Lone Star State is now experiencing "worse" drought conditions in over two-thirds of the Texas territory....

Report: Lady Gaga wasted 300,000 gallons of water in drought-stricken California to fill pool for music video shoot

4/16/2014 3:50:49 PM - Not all music stars, actors and actresses are pinheads. Some are very good, generous to a fault and very conscientious people. But singer Lady Gaga isn't one of them. According to a report by Radar Online, an entertainment news site, the singer has come under fire for wasting a massive amount of...

Texas farmers fear arrival of new Dust Bowl

4/6/2014 - Those who have lived in America most of their lives know a little something of the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Now, Texans are becoming concerned about yet another Dust Bowl scenario as droughts in various regions within the state are getting worse. Although there were...

California lowers organic standards in face of historic drought

3/31/2014 - Organic farms in 53 out of 58 counties in California are set to produce "faked," cheapened organic meat and dairy products in the first quarter of 2014. In the face of a historic drought, California's organic standards have been cut in half. Instead of requiring livestock to graze on nutrient-rich...

California's severe drought could become new Dust Bowl; 'Agonizing death' for farmers

3/5/2014 - The worst drought in at least a century threatens to reduce California's agricultural industry to ruin, possibly creating a new Dust Bowl. According to the White House's top science and technology adviser, the western United States is suffering from the worst dry spell in 500 years. The drought's...

Americans start drinking sewer water as droughts take toll nationwide

2/28/2014 - There is a saying that goes, "Desperate times call for desperate measures," and clearly, city officials in one drought-stricken Texas town are getting desperate. According to the CBS News affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, one North Texas community may serve up recycled sewer water to residents because...

Calif. governor will withhold water from local farms this spring due to severe drought

2/10/2014 - As an unprecedented drought in California worsens, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has decided to take a radical measure by withholding water from many of the state's farmers come spring planting season. As reported by The New York Times, the decision is impactful and will affect millions: Responding...

Western drought leads to smallest cattle herd in 61 years, organic food shortages

2/5/2014 - It is shaping up to be an exceptionally tough year for agriculture in America, where persistent drought and erratic weather patterns across much of the nation have led to the smallest overall cattle herd in 61 years, according to the latest data, as well as widespread food shortages that have been particularly...

Devastating long-term drought haunts U.S. Southwest: Water wars under way between Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming

8/6/2013 9:12:54 AM - Climate change is taking a toll on grasslands across the West. Almost 87% of the region is in a drought. Nevada is removing wild horses and stocks of cattle from federal rangelands, Wyoming is seeding clouds as part of a long-term "weather modification program," Dust Bowl conditions have been reported...

It's official: 2012 weather was hottest, second most extreme on record

1/21/2013 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that 2012 was not just the hottest year on record for the contiguous United States, but also had the second most "extreme" weather in recorded history. Extreme weather was calculated using the U.S. Climate Extremes Index, which...

Government officials plan emergency meeting to address persistent drought, potential famine conditions

8/18/2012 - Persistently oppressive heat and continued lack of adequate rainfall has plunged much of the American Midwest into a historic drought, which is already threatening to destroy as much as 40 percent of the nation's soy crops, and 50 percent of the nation's corn crops (http://news.yahoo.com). To address...

Federal government hoarding meat stocks in response to drought - Food shortages for the rest of us?

8/17/2012 - At least two-thirds of the U.S. is currently suffering through varying degrees of drought, with the U.S. Drought Monitor reporting as of August 14 that 63 percent of hay, 72 percent of cattle, 85 percent of soybean crops, and 87 percent of corn crops are not getting the water they need to survive. And...

Global corn prices surge 23 percent from drought; food inflation to accelerate in 2012 and 2013

8/14/2012 - You have automobile insurance, homeowners insurance, and perhaps even health and life insurance, among other coverage. Do you also have food insurance, as in, stored supplies of food that can get you through days and weeks of food shortages, should the economy collapse or a terrorist strike? Okay,...

The corn, soy, and beets are on fire... let the GMOs burn!

8/6/2012 3:00:08 PM - It is EPIC IRONY that certain genetically modified vegetables, namely corn, soy and beets, are burning up in the summer heat and drought that is devastating the entire Midwestern United States. There is a certain serendipitous irony, like bad karma coming home to roost for the greedy corporations that...

Chronic drought, extreme weather patterns 'the new normal,' researchers say

8/3/2012 - Summer this year not quite the paradise you anticipated? Has the heat got you beat? Well, get used to it, say some researchers who claim that, based on key evidence, current climate conditions could become the "new normal." A group of 10 researchers from Oregon State University, who published their...

How bad is the drought in Texas, really?

9/4/2011 - As I've been living in Austin, Texas, for a while, I thought I would report on the Texas drought situation first hand. How bad is the drought situation here? It's critically bad, actually. Even the wildlife are facing starvation and dying of thirst. I saw some wild pigs the other night (they're quite...

Record heat, drought, and flooding sweeps US; food supply to take a hit

7/14/2011 - The year 2011 is shaping up to be one of the most treacherous years in recent history, at least as far as the nation's weather patterns are concerned. While much of the Midwestern US continues to get drenched by record rainfall and torrential flooding, the Southern US is experiencing tremendous heat...

Twelve million Africans suffering through worst drought in 60 years

7/14/2011 - A severe drought that spans across several east-African countries including Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia, has left at least 12 million Africans in a "fight for survival," according to a recent report from MSNBC. Representing the worst drought the region has experienced since the early 1950s, humanitarian...

Worst Texas drought in 44 years causing wheat, beef shortages

3/27/2011 - Lower yields and continually-rising demand has sparked a sharp rise in prices for wheat and beef in the US. And extended drought conditions across Texas, which is the nation's largest cattle producer and second-largest winter-wheat grower, has contributed to the overall US cattle herd now being the...

Water Wars Erupt in India as Drought Threatens Population Survival

11/14/2009 - The drought in India has become so severe that people have begun literally fighting over water in many regions of the country, even murdering each other over the precious substance. Northern India is in the grips of a drought so severe that in Bhopal, the City of Lakes, the government has been forced...

Global Food Production Plummets in 2009 (with chart)

6/16/2009 - Global food production is expected to plummet between 20 and 40 percent in 2009, due to widespread drought and other stresses on agricultural production Two-thirds of the world's food is produced in countries currently in the grip of droughts. The extent of this crisis can easily be seen by a chart...

Australian Drought Leads to First "Water Rage" Murder

4/7/2008 - In Australia's first known case of murder due to "water rage," a dispute over a suburban man's water usage led to him being beaten to death in front of his home. According to police, 66-year-old Ken Proctor was watering the lawn in front of his home in Sydney on October 31 at approximately 5:30 p.m....

Global warming to cause massive drought over next 100 years, say climatologists

10/6/2006 - Global warming is predicted to be the cause of a massive drought that will threaten the lives of millions and take over half the land surface on our planet in the next 100 years, according to Britain's leading climatologists. Extreme drought, which makes modern agriculture virtually impossible, is...

Asthma is a false disease caused by chronic dehydration and body's drought management efforts, says doctor

10/11/2004 - Mike: I'd like you to elaborate a little more on asthma, and the idea that the body is managing its water supply deliberately in a way that produces symptoms that are called asthma. Dr. B: Yes, well you see, drought management means that you have to clog the holes where water is lost from the body....

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