What would you do if a 15 hour dust storm with winds up to 60 miles an hour hit your home and afterwards there were three foot drifts of dirt covering everything that you owned? As crazy as that sounds, that is exactly what is now happening in some areas of the western United States. Three years of severe drought has turned the soil of much of the western United States into a fine powder that the wind can easily pick up. As a result, we are seeing “apocalyptic” dust storms unlike anything the region has seen since the days of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Farmers and ranchers are literally watching their valuable topsoil being blown away by the wind and there is not a whole lot that they can do about it. So what is going to happen if the drought continues? As I mentioned in a previous article, according to scientists the 20th century was the wettest century in the western half of the United States in 1000 years. Unfortunately, they are also telling us that things are reverting back to more (Read More...)
A nightmarish global food crisis is coming. Even though about a billion people around the planet currently live on the edge of starvation, those of us that live in the wealthy western nations still have more than enough food to eat. But it will not always be that way. With each passing year, the global population goes up while global supplies of fresh water go down. And you need lots of water to grow food. The “breadbaskets” of the world, the United States and Russia, are currently experiencing horrible droughts that scientists tell us are part of a long-term trend. In fact, some are projecting that the United States will soon see the return of Dust Bowl conditions. So what will the rest of the world do when the topsoil in the heartland of the biggest food exporter on the globe dries up and blows away? Just remember what happened back in 2007 and 2008. Food prices rose rapidly and it sparked massive food riots in more than two dozen different nations. So what will things look like when there is a very serious shortage of food around the globe?
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All over the United States, rivers, lakes and streams are drying up and are becoming much warmer than usual. As a result, millions of fish have already died and millions more will probably die by the end of the summer. In addition, transportation along the mighty Mississippi and other major rivers has been significantly slowed down. Incredibly, more than 3,000 high temperature records have been broken over the last month alone, and the U.S. is enduring the worst drought that it has seen since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s. More than half of the entire continental United States has been declared to be a “disaster area” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the price of corn has hit (Read More...)