“It’s hard to believe that it’s getting worse, but it is, even with some rain in the region,” with more than three-fifths of the lower 48 experiencing moderate drought or worse. That’s an area that comes close to matching the sprawling drought of 1934 at the worst of the Dust Bowl era.

Normally, a ranchThe monsoons give India life—and if climate change were to take them away, or even just alter them greatly, the country will have more than blackouts to worry about.er can turn a profit of about $180 per cow after factoring in the upfront costs of operations and renting land. This year, that’s going to be more like $80 a cow.

A map of the drought is increasingly becoming a map of the United States itself. As the world’s largest exporter of corn, soybean and wheat, price spikes in the crop sector will ripple through markets around the globe.

Washington Post, By Alyssa A. Botelho and Joel Achenbach, Thursday, August 2, 1:00 PM

How Climate Change and the Monsoons Affect India’s Blackouts

India’s blackouts have left nearly 700 million people without power. The unstable monsoons are adding to demand for electricity—and climate change could disrupt the summer rains even further.

The monsoons give India life—and if climate change were to take them away, or even just alter them greatly, the country will have more than blackouts to worry about in the future.

The great summer storms—which provide three-quarters of India’s annual rainfall—came late to the country this year, leaving much of northern India gripped in a killer drought and unrelenting heat. While the slow monsoons are unlikely to have directly caused the blackouts—the rains finally began to fall recently, enough to reduce temperatures—parched farmers in agricultural areas are turning to electric pumps in large numbers to bring groundwater to the surface for irrigation. If the monsoons continue to be erratic and slow in a global warming future, the demand for electricity to compensate for the heat and the drought will only increase.

Bryan Walsh, Time Magazine

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One Response to U.S. drought intensifies — Monsoons and India’s blackouts

  1. Mark Mark says:

    Drought worsens in key farm states

    The latest U.S. drought map shows that excessively parched conditions continue to worsen in the Plains states that are k…

    Thu Aug 9th 2012

    The latest U.S. drought map shows that excessively parched conditions continue to worsen in the Plains states that are key producers of corn and soybean crops.

    The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that the amount of the contiguous U.S. mired in drought conditions dropped a little more than 1 percent, to 78.14 percent. But the expanse still gripped by extreme or exceptional drought rose nearly 2 percent to 24.14 percent.

    That’s because key farm states didn’t get as much benefit from rains as elsewhere.

    The nation’s biggest corn and soybean producer, Iowa, is still grappling with the drought. The amount of that state in extreme or exceptional drought more than doubled, rising from 30.74 percent last week to 69.14 percent as of Tuesday.

    http://news.ebru.tv/en/heading/0-drought-worsens-in-key-farm-states

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