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Hundreds of Billions of Locusts Hit Madagascar

Posted by feww on March 28, 2013

Image of the Day: Hundreds of billions of plant-devouring insects hit Madagascar island.

The worst locust plague to hit Madagascar in 6 decades

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A severe plague of locusts has infested about half of Madagascar, threatening crops and raising concerns about food shortages, according to FAO, a UN agency. FAO image via BBC.

“Nearly 60% of the island’s more than 22m people could be threatened by a significant worsening of hunger in a country that already had extremely high rates of food insecurity and malnutrition,” said FAO.

“The last one was in the 1950s and it had a duration of 17 years so if nothing is done it can last for five to 10 years, depending on the conditions.” FAO locust control expert told BBC Focus on Africa.

“Currently, about half the country is infested by hoppers and flying swarms – each swarm made up of billions of plant-devouring insects,” the FAO said.

“FAO estimates that about two-thirds of the island country will be affected by the locust plague by September 2013 if no action is taken.”


1,080 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,080 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …


Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Drought Disaster Declared for 34 Texas Counties

Posted by feww on March 28, 2013

Texas Counties declared disaster  areas due to ongoing drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 34 counties in Texas as primary and contiguous disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.

Primary Disaster Areas:
Austin, Coleman, Runnels, Waller, Burleson, Fayette, Tom Green and Washington counties.

Contiguous Disaster Areas:
Bastrop, Brazos, Brown, Caldwell, Callahan, Colorado, Concho, Coke, Fort Bend, Gonzales, Grimes, Harris, Irion, Lavaca, Lee, McCulloch, Menard, Milam, Mongomery, Nolan, Reagan, Robertson, Schleicher, Sterling, Taylor and Wharton counties.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas March 27, 2013.

U.S. Drought Map – March 19, 2013

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U.S. Drought Map for March 19, 2013; released by the U.S. Drought Monitor on March 21, 2013.

  • As of about 65.24 percent of Contiguous U.S. remains abnormally dry or worse.
  • ‘Moderate’ to ‘Exceptional’ drought conditions (D1 – D4 on the chart) cover nearly 52 percent of the country.
  • D1 – D4 drought conditions prevail in 91.29 percent of High Plains, more than 63 pct of the West, 58.96 pct of the South, 33.30 pct of Midwest and 23.24pct of Southeast

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Precipitation Map (in) for Contiguous United States, March 20 – 26, 2013. Source: HPRCC

FIRE-EARTH Drought Links 2013

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