2012 Drought in America


Is the Drought a Perfect Storm for U.S. Beef?

, scientific adviser, Climate and Energy

In writing about climate change it’s hard to avoid the use of catch phrases and clichéd metaphors, as much we try to stop shooting silver bullets and keep all those pesky canaries out of our coal mines. At times, though, such oft-repeated words are used in paradoxical ways, jarring you into thinking about them a bit more deeply. This happened to me a few days ago when, in response to new Department of Agriculture data on the U.S. livestock industry, a beef producer referred to the impacts of the persistent drought as “a perfect storm.” Read more >

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Drought Pits Big River against Big Ag

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

The ongoing Midwest drought has had many repercussions. They include the fact that the Mississippi River—sometimes called “The Big Muddy”—is muddier than usual this year, causing problems and massive anxiety about shipping on the river. Read more >

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2013 Begins Without Respite from Drought

, lead economist and climate policy manager

The latest map from the U.S. Drought Monitor and predictions from National Weather Service were released today. They show a grim picture of continuing drought for the foreseeable future for large swathes of the U.S. Read more >

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The 2012 U.S. Drought and Our Future

, scientific adviser, Climate and Energy

It’s now nearly a month since we started our series of blog posts on the 2012 Drought in America, and during that time we’ve seen its effects spread more and more widely through the network of connections that make up our modern global society. Read more >

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Will the 2012 U.S. Drought and Other Extreme Weather Events Trigger Another Global Food Crisis?

, lead economist and climate policy manager

The impact of the 2012 drought on U.S. crops and livestock has been in the headlines for weeks now. Today the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released its monthly food price index, showing a sharp increase of 6 percent in July, which raises serious concerns that we might be on the brink of a global food crisis. Read more >

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