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Drought Summer 2012

This presentation looks at the history, ramifications and explanations for this summer's drought in the US.
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Heidi Maloy

on 15 November 2012

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Midwest Drought 2012 Meanwhile in the news in NC - it is feast or famine with regards to water http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/08/09/f-drought-impact.html http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2012/08/u-s-drought-climate-change-lead-food-riots-political-instability/ Environment Society Economy Seeing what it looks like and the impact it will have on consumers. Who else is effected when the US suffers drought? What does it mean and where will it rank? What is our triple bottom line telling us we should be considering? Is this weather or does it indicate climate change?
If it does indicate a change in climate then what does that mean now? Meanwhile the perspective of our neighbors to the north... She ties the high losses being experienced by Midwestern farmers to the expanded planting of corn that happened this year due to higher commodity prices.
She ends her piece with a link to this widespread devastation in farming to the fires plaguing the Western US and how it appears that climate change in no longer limited to the Arctic.
Kolbert, Elizabeth. "The Big Heat." THe New Yorker (2012): 19-20. The Big Heat This lesson was triggered by Elizabeth Kolbert’s article in the July 23rd, 2012 issue of The New Yorker Magazine. Her piece entitled, “The Big Heat” began with an engaging description of the improbability of ever getting a good yield of corn due to the highly complex fertilization process that goes into getting corn at all.
She addresses the warm spring temps that led to early planting and the perfect storm of fertilization timing occurring just as the US was thrown into the high temperatures of June and July. The Big Heat
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