Widespread Drought And Water Shortages
The U.S. is experiencing its most widespread drought in more than fifty years. In its monthly report, the National Climatic Data Center reported more than half the country was in moderate to extreme drought at the end of June. Farmers are losing crops and pastures at alarming rates, especially in the nation’s corn and soybean belt. The Department of Agriculture declared a thousand counties in twenty-six states as natural disaster areas. Many fear the drought will get worse before it gets better. What this could mean for food costs, the nation’s water supplies and weather patterns across the globe.
professor from the University of Maryland.
energy and environment correspondent for National Journal.
climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Chief Economist at the Department of Agriculture.
agricultural reporter for Bloomberg News.