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Update World Water Shortage Increases-Causes Food Shortage

New Zealand Declares Largest Drought in 30 Years

By Nick Perry, The Associated Press
March 14, 2013


CARTERTON, New Zealand - New Zealand has officially declared its most widespread drought in at least 30 years.
The government said Friday the entire North Island is a drought zone after adding several more regions to those already designated as suffering from drought.

The official designation provides farmers some financial relief through increased government funding of rural groups and tax breaks. Farmers facing serious financial hardship will also be eligible to apply for temporary unemployment benefits.

The drought has forced dairy farmers to reduce their herds in a country which relies on the industry for export earnings. Farmers estimate the drought has so far cost them about 1 billion New Zealand dollars ($820 million).

Parts of the North Island are drier than they've been in 70 years.

Dairy farmer John Rose has sent more than 100 of his cows to the slaughterhouse over recent weeks as a severe drought browned pastures in New Zealand's normally verdant North Island.
He said it was necessary to thin his herd so that his remaining 550 cows have enough to eat. He's supplementing their diet with ground palm kernel as the grass in his fields withers.

"We try and make sure they've got water and shade during the day and do the best we can for them," he said. "It's very hard to remember when the last rain fall was."

The drought is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country's economy. Parts of the North Island are drier than they've been in 70 years and some scientists say the unusual weather could be a harbinger of climate change. There has been little significant rainfall in the northern and eastern parts of the country since October.

But some are finding the dry, sun soaked days a boon. Vintners say the conditions are perfect for them. And city dwellers are reveling in eating lunch outdoors or spending evenings at the beach in a Southern Hemisphere summer that never seems to end.

Farmers estimate the drought has so far cost them about 1 billion New Zealand dollars ($820 million) in lost export earnings with the damage rising daily as they reduce their herds, which in turn results in lower milk production.
Farming, and dairy cows in particular, drives the economy in the island nation of 4.5 million and the drought is expected to shave about a percentage point off economic growth.

New Zealand's last significant drought was five years ago and also cost farmers billions of dollars.
Bruce Wills, president of farming association Federated Farmers, said North Island slaughterhouses are processing about 40 percent more cows and sheep this year as farmers reduce their herds. The increased numbers and lighter weight of the animals has resulted in plummeting prices, he said.

North Island farmers are also sending stock to the South Island, which hasn't been so affected. Wills said famers have sent 1.5 million lambs and other stock on ferries to the South Island to graze or be slaughtered there.

"One of the challenges with a drought is that the impact can go on for a number of years," he said. "We'll have a lower lambing percentage next year because there hasn't been enough feed this year," he said of the impact on animal fertility.

Bill English, the country's finance minister, said that despite the economic difficulties caused by the drought, he believes the government can still maintain its goal of returning the national budget to surplus by the year beginning July 2014. The country was sent into the red after the 2008 global financial crisis.

James Renwick, a climate scientist at Victoria University of Wellington, said New Zealanders should expect more summers like the current one due to global warming. He said the dry subtropical weather that helps forms deserts in places like Africa and Australia is expanding toward the world's poles.

He said the risk of drought in New Zealand will keep increasing and water resources will become more stretched. He said that in certain places, dairy cows, with their reliance on abundant water, may not be as viable in years to come but that other more drought-resistant crops and species could replace them.

"We may need to change our approach to farming," Renwick said. "Whatever the climate is, there's always something you can do."
Like, perhaps, growing grapes.

"The weather for us is stunningly good," said Philip Gregan, the chief executive of New Zealand Wine, an association representing grape growers and winemakers. "We're getting warm, dry, cooler nights. It's the perfect recipe for fully ripe fruit with fabulous flavors."

Gregan said the annual grape harvest is just getting under way and that winemakers across the country are expecting an excellent vintage.
New Zealand's sauvignon blanc is well-regarded internationally but the industry remains small when compared with farming. Winemaking accounts for about 1.2 billion New Zealand dollars ($1 billion) in exports while farming accounts for about 25 billion New Zealand dollars ($20.6 billion).

The sunny weather in the capital city Wellington has been drawing thousands of tourists and office workers to the waterfront.
Simon Edmonds, who owns the waterfront cafe Tuatua, said late summer business is up 30 to 40 percent over the same time last year. But, he said, locals seem to have become so accustomed to sunny days this year that they're not arriving in the same numbers as they did on fine days in previous years.

"People can't go out and buy lunch every single day," he said.

For Rose, the dairy farmer, the end of the golden weather can't come quick enough.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
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Important World Climate Change:Water Rationned in The Caribbean

Water Rationed as Months-Long Drought Parches the Country


14 March, 2013, Dominican Today





Santo Domingo.- The months-long drought parching the country has prompted the rationing of water in various sectors of Greater Santo Domingo province receive water potable, water utility (CAASD) director Alejandro Montas announced Wednesday.

He said a decrease in rainfall over Haina River’s upper basin since mid January has dwindled the flow from the ISA-Mana-Duey aqueduct, for which various sectors aren’t getting enough piped water.

He said the supply from the Valdesia dam was rescheduled for areas north of Kennedy Av., so instead of Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, they will now only get water only Mondays and Thursdays.


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Important SOS-Water Shortage Increases Worldwide

Please read the previous and future reports on just how many countries' water supplies are drying up


Northern Thailand is Drying Up


A total of 26 provinces severely affected by drought have been declared emergency disaster zones

Jan 2013, AlJazeera





People in Northern Thailand waits for rain as lawmakers debate the risks of opening up the reservoirs. [AP]




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Water Shortages To Increase

March, 2013

Water shortages around the world will become more severe as the world’s population continues to grow, especially in urban areas, according to a new study led by The Nature Conservancy’s Rob McDonald.


The study, “Urban Growth, Climate Change and Freshwater Availability,” looks at cities specifically with populations of 100,000 or more, including those in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Close to one billion urban residents could face severe water famine by 2050 as climate change impacts urban areas around the world
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United States Drought
Information



U.S. Seasonal Drought Monitor





U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook




U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook






North American Drought Monitor




The North American Drought Monitor (NADM) is a cooperative effort between drought experts in Canada, Mexico and the United States to monitor drought across the continent on an ongoing basis. The program was initiated at a three-day workshop in late April 2002 and is part of a larger effort to improve the monitoring of climate extremes on the continent. The NADM (Lawrimore et al. 2002) is based on the highly successful U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM), and as such, is being developed to provide an ongoing comprehensive and integrated assessment of drought throughout all three countries.

Since its inception in 1999, the US Drought Monitor (Svoboda et al. 2002) has been extremely successful in assessing and communicating the state of drought in the US on a weekly basis. As with the US Drought Monitor, the North American Drought Monitor blends science and art. There is no one 'correct' way to measure drought. Drought indices are used to detect and measure droughts, but different indices measure drought in different ways, and no single index works under all circumstances (Heim, 2002). So the Drought Monitor concept was developed (jointly by the National Weather Service, the National Drought Mitigation Center and the US Department of Agriculture's Joint Agricultural Weather Facility in the late 1990s) as a process that synthesizes multiple indices, outlooks and local impacts, into an assessment that best represents current drought conditions. The final outcome of each Drought Monitor is a consensus of federal, state and academic scientists.

Drought monitoring has become an integral part of drought planning, preparedness and mitigation efforts at the national, regional and local levels. Drought can develop in all regions of the continent, and its effects can be devastating. Since 1980, major droughts and heat waves within the U.S. alone have resulted in costs exceeding 100 billion dollars, easily becoming one of the most costly weather-related disasters on the continent during that time (Lott and Ross, 2000).

But in today's global economy the costs and effects of drought often extend beyond international borders.

In 2002, the continuing drought in much of the Southwest U.S. and a prolonged period of drier than normal conditions in Mexico led to debates about shared water rights between the two countries.

And to the north, the multi-year drought in the Northern Rockies and western Great Plains extended well into the agricultural prairies of Canada, greatly affecting agricultural productivity in two countries that provide much of the world's food production.



Although all three countries have active climate and drought monitoring programs, until recently there has been only limited cooperation and coordination between the countries' drought experts. Past drought assessments typically have stopped at each country's borders as differences in resources and policy objectives as well as differing methods for monitoring drought in each country effectively prevented an integrated view of drought conditions across the continent. The NADM program is being designed to overcome these past limitations with the objective of providing operational assessments of drought across the continent later in 2003, when the monthly operational DM maps and discussions will be available to the general public.


NADM Geographical Reference Maps





Canadian Ecozones
(Provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)






U.S. Crop Areas

(Provided by USDA/Joint Agricultural Weather)





U.S. Geographical Regions

(After Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin)


Major US participants in the NADM program include NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, the US Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center. Major participants in Canada and Mexico include Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, the Meteorological Service of Canada, and the National Meteorological Service of Mexico (SMN - Servicio Meteorologico Nacional).
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Update re: World Water Shortage Increases-Causes Food Shortage

Intense Drought Tightens Grip in US, Spreads To the High Plains





Two false-color images from NASA’s Aqua satellite, one from May 24, 2012, and the other from May 25, 2014,
show the evolution of drought in Texas and Oklahoma. Green is indicative of vegetation. (Images: NASA. Animation: Tom Yulsman)


In the already parched Plains of the United States, intense drought “seems to be waking up and pushing rapidly north along with warmer temperatures.”

The bullseye of this expanding misery is Texas, large portions of which have been in drought for close to four years. As of this week, 21 percent of the state is categorized as being in exceptional drought — the most intense of the Drought Monitor categories. That’s up from 13 percent a year ago.

Overall, more than 80 percent of the state is experiencing some degree of drought.

The animation above, centered on the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma, shows how conditions have changed between 2012 and today.
It consists of two false-color images from the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite, one from May 24, 2012, and the other from May 25, 2014. Green is indicative of vegetation. Bodies of water, mostly reservoirs, appear black. (The images show what’s known as the 7-2-1 composite from the MODIS instrument.




Palo Duro Canyon, May. 18, 2012. (Photograph: © Tom Yulsman)

In May of 2012, spring vegetation was quite evident even though some degree of drought gripped the region. Two years later, the situation has changed dramatically as drought has tightened its grip.
To complement the satellite images, I thought it would be interesting to compare Drought Monitor maps for May of 2012 and 2014. Here’s what it looks like:



This makes it pretty clear why the satellite image from May, 2012 showed a much greener landscape than what’s evident this week.


Back to the shorter term, over just the past week, severe drought — the second most intense category — has pushed well up into Kansas.


According to the Drought Monitor report published intense drought:

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. . . seems to be waking up and pushing rapidly north along with warmer temperatures. A large expansion of D3 [extreme drought] now covers nearly the entire southern half of Kansas and D4 [exceptional drought] is slowly pushing north out of Oklahoma. Soil moisture and groundwater levels are hurting well in front of the peak demand season as the cumulative impacts of such an intense multi-year drought are already glaringly evident, and it’s only early May. Precipitation totals on the year are running just 25-50% of normal, or worse, for many locales across southern Kansas.
And with the region now heading into summer, the prospects for improvement, at least in the short term, are not very good.


According to the Drought Monitor report, heat and drought are now:
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. . . even more pronounced and entrenched across western Oklahoma and much of Texas as well. Expansion has begun to happen in earnest now that Mother Nature has turned up the furnace, which will do the landscape no favors with summer not here yet.


Farther down the road, help could arrive in the form of wetter weather born of El Niño. The odds of El Niño developing by summer now stand at 65 percent. This cyclical climatic phenomenon tends to bring wetter than normal weather across the southern tier of the United States during winter. Let’s hope!


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How to Beat Coming Killer Food Shortages

By Holly Deyo

50% of America’s fruits and veggies are grown in California and the Feds are destroying their crops. -What this means for you.


TAN DROUGHT KILLING THE GOLDEN STATE




Photo:
Government shut off water in 2009 to California farms in a controversial effort to help threatened species.
(NOAA) Now they shut off water to farmers because of low snowpack and rainfall. - They can’t win



The US Government has lost its mind. It is no more evident than their decision to cut off water to America’s food basket. Squeezed by the worst-ever drought in the state’s history, California is dying of thirst. Crushing news was delivered to farmer’s that no water would be coming from the Federal government. This dreaded decision was compounded by the Sierra Mountains getting just 25% of normal snowpack. There is no water to replenish already dangerously low reservoirs, so no water for farmers.

Despite recent storms, it’s done nothing to alleviate the staggering dryness. California needs snow. Desperately. Down bursts can’t soak into parched, concrete-like soil so it rolls off, unused, into sewers and drainage ditches. Snowpack melts slowly and is easily funneled into reservoirs and sinks into land and eventually groundwater basins.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency weeks ago and conditions have worsened since.
Farmers who thought this might be coming delayed planting crops. Some have given up altogether. Even late harvests, where possible, would be better than wasting the cost of fuel to run equipment, paying farm workers to work dying fields, paying for seeds that likely won’t survive summer – and have it all come to nothing. Over half a million acres won’t even be planted.

Not that anyone wants a business penalized, but golf courses will be allowed to waste water in the most extravagant method possible. What would you rather have: food on the table or 225,000 acres of lush golf links? The amount of water required to keep them verdant is staggering. Residential customers are already being warned to conserve and some cities have passed mandatory water restrictions.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 17 communities are at risk of running dry.


Image:
It’s clear from the image below that regions of California worst hit and in danger of running out of water are the prime food growing areas.




DROUGHT = SLOW DEATH


We saw this same scenario play out in Beulah, Colorado in 2002 – the year after Stan warned the Pine Drive Water District they needed vastly more water storage. They didn’t listen. The very next year when residents turned on their faucets, literally not a drop dripped. So dire was the situation, it made national news. It was a shock to have literally no water available.
Huge white plastic water storage tanks were hastily set up in front yards and water was trucked in weekly from Pueblo. Wells went completely dry and livestock were reluctantly sold off. It was either that or watch them die.

The next Spring when I drove around Beulah, the wildlife took your breath. Most telling were larger animals. Baby deer that survived were unbelievably scrawny. Their mothers’ ribs stuck out of their backs and sides from patchy coats like awkward jagged tree branches. Their faces were unhealthily gaunt, lit by haunted eyes. It was heartbreaking.
That was one small mountain community. Now we’re talking about an entire state facing extreme conditions. Heaven help them in the 2014 fire season, which for Californians, began in January.


PROMISES, PROMISES

Pres. Obama promised $100 million in livestock-disaster aid, but that doesn’t make water fall from the sky. This is less than a pittance when livestock and poultry alone gross nearly $10 billion in California. Instead farmers, like Beulah residents, will be forced to sell their animals.

This is a calamity. We’re not talking about a few hundred head. On average, when drought conditions hammer down, like those in Texas a couple years ago, it takes at least 3 years to rebuild herds. This means further rising beef prices that we Americans are already experiencing. Just wait, it will get worse. I warned in 2010 what the Texas drought would do to beef prices in the next few coming years, and this story bears it out:

Ground Beef Prices Have Skyrocketed, Here’s Why.

The article warns to expect steak to double.

Three weeks ago news agencies reported that-

beef herds are the smallest since 1951


and this didn’t factor in what will surely be a massive cattle sell-off in the Golden State.
Other crops feel it too. “Retail prices for tomatoes rose 10% in the 12 months through Jan. 31, and U.S. retail prices for beef, bacon, lettuce and broccoli have also risen at least 10% last year.” This hike came before farmers found out they won’t be getting water for crops and 8 million California farmland acres depend on federal and state irrigation.


MEGA-DROUGHT, MEGA-DISASTER

In a stunning report from Time Magazine, Bryan Walsh writes that scientists fear California’s dryness “could get much, much worse” bringing back the horrible era of mega-droughts. “These mega-droughts aren’t predictions. They’re history, albeit from a time well before California was the land of Hollywood and Silicon Valley. And the thought that California and the rest of the modern West might have developed during what could turn out to be an unusually wet period is sobering. In 1930, a year before construction began on the Hoover Dam, just 5.6 million people lived in California.

Today more than 38.2 million live in the largest state in the U.S., all of whom need water.

California’s 80,500 farms and ranches produced crops and livestock worth $44.7 billion in 2012, but dry farming districts like the Central and Imperial Valleys would wither without irrigation.


Image: According to the Drought Monitor, 91% of California is in Severe to Exceptional Drought. For comparison,
the rest of CONUS looks much better except Nevada and they don’t grow much of anything.




SQUEEZE PLAY


As one Millennium-Ark reader pointed out in an email last week, after the jump in beef prices, people will look to chicken, pork, fish and turkey. Chicken is already up though not as much as beef. This will, in turn, drive up their costs and affect availability of these other meats. Keep in mind that California also produces all of these proteins plus lamb. Then consider this: Ag Specialists Warn of Higher Wheat Prices Due to Drought. It’s not just beef, weather is clobbering food from all angles. Rising Threat to Crops from Climate underscores it.

Not to be totally depressing, but remember to factor in possible health issues from the Corexit ridden fish and seafood in the Gulf courtesy of BP’s Deepwater Horizon debacle. Then there’s Fukushima Daiichi’s radiation affecting fish all up and down the West Coast.

Food production is not a national only issue. We export food around the world. In the grain arena, so does Argentina, Australia, Canada, the EU with India, Pakistan, Thailand, the U.S. and Viet Nam contributing to world rice production. Every – single – country is being hit with flood, heatwaves or drought.

Friends, serious climate issues are clobbering beef, grain, fruit and veggies – nearly all food – with unpleasant trickle-down repercussions coming. At this point, it doesn’t matter if it’s caused by geo-engineering, climate change (aka global warming), natural cycles or Sun-driven events. We must deal with the fallout and it’s coming fast.

If you think the beef and grain scenario is bad, check what’s happening in the fruit and veggie department.


CALIFORNIA’S GOLDEN BREAD BASKET

California grows half, HALF of America’s produce. Another 13% is exported4 around the world. California’s yearly produce is valued at more than $45 billion5. In the list below, out of some 400 different foods it grows for our Nation, California leads production for 79 of them. Out of these 79, California grows ALL of 14 crops (inbold). Keep in mind, this list is only 79 out of some 400 foods including sugar beets, mushrooms, oats, potatoes, cucumbers and many more.

Crop and Livestock Commodities in Which California Leads the Nation .....

Almonds
Apricots
Artichokes
Asparagus
Avocados
Beans, Dry Lima
Beans, Fresh Market Snap
Bedding/Garden Plants
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage, Chinese
Cabbage, Fresh Market
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Chicory
Cotton, American Pima
Daikon
Dates
Eggplant

Escarole/Endive
Figs
Flowers, Bulbs
Flowers, Cut
Flowers, Potted Plants
Garlic
Grapes, Raisins
Grapes, Table
Grapes, Wine
Greens, Mustard
Hay, Alfalfa
Herbs
Kale
Kiwifruit
Kumquats
Lemons
Lettuce, Head
Lettuce, Leaf
Lettuce, Romaine
Limes

Mandarins & Mandarin Hybrids
Melons, Cantaloupe
Melons, Honeydew
Milk
Milk Goats
Nectarines
Nursery, Bedding Plants
Nursery Crops
Olives
Onions, Dry
Onions, Green
Parsley
Peaches, Clingstone
Peaches, Freestone
Pears, Bartlett
Peppers, Chile
Peppers, Bell
Persimmons
Pigeons and Squabs
Pistachios

Plums
Plums, Dried
Pluots
Pomegranates
Raspberries
Rice, Sweet
Safflower
Seed, Alfalfa
Seed, Bermuda Grass
Seed, Ladino Clover
Seed, Vegetable and Flower
Spinach
Strawberries
Tomatoes, Fresh Market
Tomatoes, Processing
Vegetables, Greenhouse **
Vegetables, Oriental
Walnuts
Wild Rice

California is the sole producer (99% or more) of foods and commodities in bold

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Update Re: World Water Shortage Increases-Causes Food Shortage

Extreme Drought Causes Environmental Crisis in Colombia

Eco-Watch, 10 August 2014







Colombian news reports were released with horrific photos of scores of dead wildlife. A devastating drought has created an environmental crisis, threatening public health and killing more than 20,000 fish and animals in the Paz de Ariporo municipality of Casanare, Colombia. This water shortage rings the alarm that we need to adjust environmental policies regarding our water resources from the local to the international level.

The three Waterkeeper organizations in Casanare, Colombia—Rio Meta Waterkeeper, Rio Pauto Waterkeeper and Rio Cravo Sur Waterkeeper—have spent years fighting for access to clean water as a basic human right, advocating for industry compliance with Colombian law and educating citizens about the detrimental effects of industrial hydrocarbon exploitation, and the uncontrolled expansion of thirsty agriculture and livestock industries at the expense of small farmers, rural communities and the environment. It is clearly time for Colombian environmental policy and institutions to be strengthened, and for all world citizens to reconsider placing economic interests, dirty energy and unsustainable technologies before the environment and our public health. Global water resources need to be a priority in all political and policy conversations, and as citizens we need to organize our communities to defend and conserve our water.

The Orinoquia region of Colombia is seasonably vulnerable to environmental pressures because it is an expansive savannah with submerged wetlands during the wet season, April to December, and desert-like conditions with temperatures consistently above 100° Fahrenheit from January to March. Historically, the principal industry is cattle farming, and it is rich in wildlife, including rare animals like capybaras, as well as turtles, alligators, foxes, jackals, wild pigs, deer and many species of fish.

The last three months have brought one of the worst dry seasons in Colombia’s history, drying up the reservoirs that already handle excessive demand from cattle farms, exploratory oil drilling and exploitation, and unsustainable land use for commercial crops. We are now seeing the devastating consequences of these unregulated industries, with widespread loss of wildlife from dehydration.

Public statements that this is an abstract consequence of climate change are simplistic and do not attribute responsibility to the multinational industries directly causing environmental damage through water overuse and indirectly by contributing to greenhouse gas emissions as evidenced in the new IPCC report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. As Waterkeepers we are calling on the Colombian Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Mines and Energy and National Authority of Environmental Licensing to fulfill their legal responsibility to prevent large-scale environmental disasters and protect public health and key ecosystems.

The experience of the Waterkeepers in Casanare has provided insider knowledge that responsibility for this environmental disaster is multifold:

Seismic oil exploration has infiltrated surface water and destroyed the headwaters that supply Casanare’s wetlands, streams and lagoons.
Oil exploration and exploitation has created excessive demand on aquifers.
The severe heat during January, February and March, which immediately followed months of flooding, has been identified as a consequence of climate change.
Failure of farm owners to take preventative measures such as building water reservoirs for their cattle.
The vast expanses of savannah that have historically been utilized for rearing livestock and is home to various species of wildlife, are now being used for monoculture production of rice, African palm and commercial reforestation crops that require a substantial amount of water and destroy the wetlands and headwaters of the savannah.

In addition, the situation rapidly devolved into an environmental emergency because of the following institutional failures:

The Ministry of Environment has not recognized wetland savannah ecosystems as holding strategic importance for wildlife in national environmental policy.
Regional environmental policy has not included plans for contingency measures and strategies for preventing environmental conflict over water shortages caused by excessive and inequitable water demands.

Clearly, an environmental disaster of this magnitude has several causes, as our ecosystems are delicate, complex and interconnected. It is important that we use our developing knowledge of climate change in assessing and improving our current economic and environmental strategies from the local to the international level. To effect real change we need to pressure the appropriate governmental bodies to hold the oil, agriculture and livestock industries accountable, and to protect their citizens.

As one community leader said, representing the widespread sentiment in the community, “There are several oil companies intervening in this area and they do not respect the people living here and our customs for conserving the ecosystems we depend on. They give us no explanations, the government awards them environmental licenses and no one is considering those of us living and raising families in this area.”

Today, climate change strikes Casanare, Colombia with extreme drought and thousands of wildlife deaths. Nearly every month we hear of another environmental disaster caused by extreme weather events around the world. If we do not heed recommendations to adapt our behavior and mitigate the disastrous consequences of climate change immediately, how many will be affected tomorrow, and where?
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Update Re: World Water Shortage Increases-Causes Food Shortage

Dominican Republic to Help Guatemala Face Severe Drought




4 September 2014


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The Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Brazil have offered immediate aid to thousands of Guatemalans affected by drought, after a plea from Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, who said last week the country could be on the verge of a major food crisis.

According to EFE, Guatemalan vice president Roxana Baldetti is set to meet with representatives from the three Latin American nations on Tuesday. More than 200,000 Guatemalan families have already been affected by food shortages caused by the drought, many in poor rural areas. Baldetti said that figure could soon become 1.2 million.

Since the drought began in July, Guatemala's economy has suffered a major blow. The agricultural sector accounts for over 20 percent of the country's GDP, and is one of the largest employers.

EFE reports that corn and bean production have been most affected. Both products are stables of the Guatemalan diet. The president declared a state of emergency in 22 of Guatemala's provinces in August, amid warnings the drought is the worst in recent years.
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