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Drought Destroys Fifth of Argentine Corn Crop

Posted by feww on January 6, 2012

Grain fields across Argentina’s Pampas region destroyed by drought

An estimated 20 percent of Argentina’s corn crop has been roasted by drought and parching southern hemisphere summer sun.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 6

[January 6, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,531 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Argentina.  Drought and blazing summer sun have destroyed about a fifth of Argentina’s corn crop.
    • Farmers have stopped late-season corn planting.
    • The lingering drought also threatens the country’s soy harvest.
    • Argentina’s corn harvest forecast is down by 5 million to 7 million metric tons and soybean harvest by 3 million tons, reports said.
    • December rainfall was down to an overall average of about 25mm, down sharply from 85-mm average in December 2010.
    • Argentina is world’s 2nd-largest corn exporter and 3rd largest soybean seller.
    • The country supplies about 20 percent of the world’s traded corn, and half the soymeal.
  • Chile. About 60 wildfires have killed, injured or left up to a dozen firefighters missing.
    • Blazes fanned by high winds, have consumed hundreds of homes and destroyed at least 50,000 hectares of woodland and brush since December 26, 2011.
    • Some of the fires were reportedly started by arsonists, one by an Israeli tourist.
    • Chilean President Pinera has invoked anti-terror legislation, which allows for steeper punishments.
    • A blaze in Biobio region has destroyed about 190 hectares of apple trees, cherry orchards and vineyards, a report said.
    • “Up to 300 farmers have lost or suffered damage to their crops, apiaries, warehouses and equipment. It’s estimated the blazes have claimed 67 greenhouses, 640 head of livestock and 650 beehives.”
    • The Agriculture Minister has declared a state of emergency in Quillón, Ránquil, San Rosendo and Florida provinces.
    • An unusually hot and dry weather has prevailed in Chile in the past few months.
  • Netherlands. About 1,000 villagers from four villages in the province of Groningen, the northeasternmost province of the Netherlands, are being evacuated after an inland dyke began leaking, and threatened to break amid torrential rains.
    • Local authorities are also moving thousands of cattle from farms in the flood-risk areas.
    • “Hundreds of acres of land would flood in a matter of hours, while the water level in the area would rise to at least 1.50 meters. This is why we started the evacuation,” a local official said at a news conference.

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Michigan: A 2010 Disaster Area

Posted by feww on December 12, 2010

Weather Severely Affected Michigan Fruit Production This Year

Michigan, USA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared 47 counties, including the entire West Michigan, as “primary natural disaster areas” this week. The designation follows freezing temperatures and frost, as well as severe storms, extreme rain events, hail, flooding, strong winds, tornadoes, and lightening throughout the year, which destroyed/damaged fruits and crops including apples, blueberries, cherries and vegetables.


Tim Tubbs, who farms with his father in Oceana County, holds an apple with a frost ring on it earlier this year. Source:  Muskegon Chronicle. Image may be subject to copyright.

Based on the October harvest projections report issued by the Michigan Department of Agriculture, fruit production will fall across the board— from apples by nearly a half to peaches down by more than a fifth.

  • Apples (49%)
  • Tart Cherries (47%)
  • Grapes (44%)
  • Sweet Cherries (41%)
  • Plums (33%)
  • Peaches (21%)

Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture: October Fruit Report

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3.5m Pakistani children face waterborne diseases

Posted by feww on August 16, 2010

Pakistan Flood Tragedy Enters New Phase

A quarter of Pakistan, including its agricultural heartland, has been inundated

“Up to 3.5 million children are at high risk of deadly water-borne diseases, such as watery diarrhoea and dysentery,” Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said, AFP reported.

“What concerns us the most is water and health. Clean water is essential to prevent deadly water-borne diseases. Water during the flood has been contaminated badly. There is a shortage of clean water,” he added.

Pakistan – Floods Impact Profile [13 August 2010] – Click images to enlarge.

MAP OF FLOOD DAMAGED HOUSES

YOUR RESPONSE

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One Step for Life; 6,400 Leaps to Extinction

Posted by feww on December 10, 2008

For every single step taken to restore ecosystems services, humans take 6,400 giant leaps in the opposite direction, destroying the planet’s ability to maintain life, ensuring extinction. —EDRO

As 99.98 percent of human effort goes to destroying Earth’s life support services, the planet experiences anthropogenic antiphase!

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