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Miss it? Largest natural disaster in US history

While you were out you might have missed this moment in history. A couple of days ago the United States declared a natural disaster in more than 1,000 drought-stricken counties in 26 states. Did you know you have ‘officially’ had your county declared a natural disaster? There wasn’t much fanfare from what I could see. I wonder why. So many of us have had drought conditions for such a long time now it’s just amazing it’s taken this long for the Government to do anything. Mind you, anything to do with ‘climate change’ is a bad word depending on which side of the fence you are sitting.map of drought stricken states drought monitor 120712, articles.waterdesalinationplants.com

The declaration from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), includes most of the south-west, which has been ravaged by wildfires, parts of the midwestern corn belt, and the south-east. To see if your area is covered, check this list:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

What this declaration means is that farmers in these areas will be able to receive relief funds from the Federal government, which amounts to about a third of the country’s farmers and ranchers who are suffering in the drought conditions. Let’s hope it’s not too little, too late for them. It has been going on a while!
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than half the country is experiencing drought conditions – the largest percentage in the 12-year history of the service. “The warmest first half of any year on record for the contiguous United States,” was also noted, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The average temperature was 4.5 degrees above average, said the NOAA. drought in United States, articles.waterdesalinationplants.comTwenty-eight states east of the Rockies set temperature records for the six-month period. The 12 months ending June 30 were also the warmest 12-month period of any on record, according to the NOAA.

The question is – does this coincide with the cyclical changes over hundreds of years that have been recorded as ‘normal’ or is this man-made climate change? The debate rages. I’m not sure we’ll ever know the ‘real answer’. Either way, we need to find ways of growing more of our own food as quite obviously the farmers are just not going to be able to make it happen like they did before. Maybe this will inadvertently help the obesity epidemic hitting the Western world – we grow our own food so there’ll be less fast food consumed. We can but hope! There may well be food shortages in one sense of the word as prices continue to rise. Mind you, I know they would rise anyway as everything goes up doesn’t it? Well maybe not house prices, or fuel if the Shale Gas situation continues to improve.  However, water will be at an all time premium and that will be something that WILL rise in price as many avenues are explored for ‘making’ potable water. There are a myriad water treatment solutions, it’s just picking the one to suit the needs.

Good luck for all of us

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