Drought

September 25, 2014

Rainy morning at the college.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

It started raining last night and with that came coastal flood watches in Maryland.

Meanwhile, on the opposite coast, the drought in California continues to generate a lot of national and international press coverage:  The October issue of National Geographic magazine has an article.  The September 29 issue of The New Yorker has a photo essay.  Last month, The Guardian published a photo essay of the impact of the drought.  Just doing a search for “2014 California Drought” will bring innumerable articles.

This is newsworthy for many reasons, including:  the impact on the United States’ food supply; the current (and previous and yet-to-come) wildfires; the economic impact on farmers and farm workers; and the link to climate change.

Meanwhile, the countries in the Sahel region of Africa, along with many humanitarian organizations, have been  attempting to cope with such conditions for a much longer time, as summarized in this report/plan from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and this 2012 report from the World Food Program (WFP).

Regarding climate change, earlier this week the United Nations convened the Climate Summit in New York City, which is a prelude to the UNCCC meeting in Paris in 2015.  It is during that latter meeting when negotiations will be held with regard to the plan for reduction/adaptation/mitigation in relation to climate change.  The conditions in California and the Sahel are just two examples of the issues facing world leaders-issues that continue to worsen the longer that talk and delay substitutes for substantive action.  The Guardian posted this interactive carbon map that highlights the many and varied problems exacerbated by global climate change-it is worth a look and a few clicks.

It is also past time for a world-wide response.

Take care.

 

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