US Drought Could Pack National, Possibly Global Punch

As the historic drought now searing more than 60 percent of the US drags on, the impact could soon be sweeping across the country and beyond, reports Gloria Goodale at the Christian Science Monitor. After the obvious push on food prices, drought experts say the cascading chain of secondary societal effects will range from higher utility prices and industry costs in the developed world to population displacements and potential political unrest in less developed regions.  More farm and ranch foreclosures will occur since they tend to mortgage themselves for resources and equipment, noted Villanova University geographer Frank Galgano. That loss in turn undermines the tax base of a community which shrinks its capacity to fund every government function from schools to bridge maintenance. Globally the US is a breadbasket, feeding stressed arid countries, and allowing them to use precious water for civic uses, such as drinking. But if the food stops, water will need to be diverted towards growing crops, increasing water stress and discontent in these societies. Experts say the current drought is a wake up call, highlighting the need for better preparedness and mitigation.

Source

US drought: how it could impact food, water needs around the world. The effects of the widespread US drought could range from higher utility prices and industry costs in the developed world to population displacements and political unrest in less developed regions. Christian Science Monitor http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2012/0719/US-drought-how-it-could-impact-food-water-needs-around-the-world

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Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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2 Responses to US Drought Could Pack National, Possibly Global Punch

  1. Little Sis says:

    I find this so deeply troubling. And while some are talking about it, it feels like the long term implications are getting short shrift. Thanks for your thoughts!

  2. frederick W. Cummings says:

    The word ‘could’ is a bit ‘soft’. In my view; it most certainly will have global effects, all negative. More (esp. African) children are sure to starve.

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