Publishes on the Doomstead Diner on November 17, 2015
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Top 10 Drought Locations
Drought is a major reason for the Refugee Crisis in Syria, besides the ongoing Bombing and war over the Oil Resource.
Drought is destabilizing the South African Goobermint, and heightening already strained race relations between Blacks & Whites
Sao Paolo is the epicenter with a population of 20M, but Rio de Janeiro also has drought problems. Slash & Burn deforestation of the Amazon Rain Forest exacerbates the problems.
Lake Mead is under stress, CA groundwater subsides a few more feet each year and nobody has a clue what to do if 40M Califonicators are forced to migrate.
Eastern Europe has water issues and also is on the main migration routes from MENA countries. Their already overstressed Water resource come under more stress as a result. A double-whammy.
Oz sheep ranching is collapsing, and they also are under Refugee stress from South East Asia. In the best of times, Oz is mainly desert in the interior, mostly only coastal areas are inhabitable.
Despite periodic flooding events, New Guinea has some of the worst drought problems around. Destination of choice for those migrants? Oz of course.
India depends on Monsoons and the runoff from the Humalayas for its water supply, and they have to share the water with Pakistanis as well. All are stress points, and 100s of 1000s of Indian Farmers have committed suicide over the last decade.
Another cause of the onoing and escalating war in Ukraine, traditionally the "Breadbasket" for Mother Russia.
Relatively small populations, but the migration issues and economic issues for the FSoA make them sigmificant problems.
Globally, the number of places wit Drought Stress increases daily. This forces migrations, and then areas not under drought stress become overtaxed in consumption and in waste. Remember that in most Big Shities, water is used for disposing of Human Waster, and most migrants at least at first end up in Big Shities.
From the Global Drought Information Website:
By the end of September 2015, drought conditions intensified in many locations. El Nino is present and is currently being characterized as a strong event, similar in strength to the 1997-1998 event. It is expected to impact the weather at least through the coming winter. In Europe, drought conditions continued to impact the majority of the continent. Some improvement was seen in the center of the continent while drought intensified in Eastern Europe. In the Czech Republic, the hop harvest is expected to drop 34% this year due to the drought. In Asia, drought is present from western Asia, through central and eastern Russia and in Southeast Asia and the Indian sub-continent. Some areas in southern India are too dry to plow. In Africa, drought remains entrenched across the equatorial region and through much of the South. South Africa has declared a drought disaster for Free State and North West Provinces. In North America, the El Nino has brought some relief to the southwestern US while conditions in the Southeast and through Mexico and across the Caribbean remained dry. The Dominican Republic and Jamaica have already experienced significant crop losses. In South America, drought remains entrenched in Brazil and has intensified through the central Amazon Basin. In Oceana, drought has intensified throughout much of the region north of Australia while drought conditions in Australia have continued unabated. Papua New Guinea has released relief supplies for those most affected by the current drough
Sense a problem here? MANY places are both in serious drought conditions AND they were already food importers even in the good times. The FSoA continues to be a major food exporter, but that is entirely dependent both on the water supply flowing to CA and to the Ogallala Acquifer in the grain belt of the midwest. Globally, we are only one bad season away from an overall food deficit. Once the buffer is gone, the starvation begins. It may not happen next year, but each year we inch closer to this critical point.
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