“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.
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