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Culture Collapse Disorder: The loss & destruction of home (places & planet) due to human impact and our modern consumer mindset
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Climate change report shows alarming trends

Climate change report shows alarming trends | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

A new report was released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows how the trends are alarming. 

 

 For most of us, climate change is old news. We hear about it, read about it, and go back to living our lives, but then we get a report like the one released on Monday, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and it rattles the nerves a bit.

 

No mincing words, here -- last year was the hottest ever recorded. Every decade has been warmer since they started keeping track. ABC7 News spoke with Terry Root, Ph.D., of Stanford, who worked on this report and says the trends are alarming. 

 

"You don't tell how bad it is because it will paralyze people," said Root.... (Click title for more)

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UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013

UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013 | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned.

Failing harvests in the US, Ukraine and other countries this year have eroded reserves to their lowest level since 1974. The US, which has experienced record heatwaves and droughts in 2012, now holds in reserve a historically low 6.5% of the maize that it expects to consume in the next year, says the UN.

"We've not been producing as much as we are consuming. That is why stocks are being run down. Supplies are now very tight across the world and reserves are at a very low level, leaving no room for unexpected events next year," said Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). With food consumption exceeding the amount grown for six of the past 11 years, countries have run down reserves from an average of 107 days of consumption 10 years ago to under 74 days recently.

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Fracking Vs. The Drought: They Call It Texas Tea, But You Can’t Drink Oil

Fracking Vs. The Drought: They Call It Texas Tea, But You Can’t Drink Oil | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
How dry is it in Texas? So dry that many Texans are now against using water to frack for oil.

 

Every fracking job requires several million gallons of water. “Only about 20 percent to 25 percent on average of the water is recovered, while the rest disappears underground, never to be seen again.” Fracking is probably not the wisest use of water anywhere, but in a drought it’s downright self-destructive.

 

In one South Texas county, fracking was nearly one quarter of total water use in 2011, a fraction that is expected to hit one third soon. The Texas Water Development Board estimates frackers used 13.5 billion gallons water used in 2010, a number they project to more than double by 2020!... (Click title for more)

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New Zealand Suffering Biggest Drought in 30 Years - weather.com

New Zealand Suffering Biggest Drought in 30 Years - weather.com | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
See images of one of the worst droughts in recent memory in New Zealand.

 

Dairy farmer John Rose has sent more than 100 of his cows to the slaughterhouse over recent weeks as a severe drought browned pastures in New Zealand's normally verdant North Island.

 

He had to thin his herd so the remaining 550 cows have enough to eat, and he's supplementing their diet with ground palm kernel as the grass in his fields withers.

 

"We try and make sure they've got water and shade during the day and do the best we can for them," he said. "It's very hard to remember when the last rainfall was... (click title for more)

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