The Impact of Droughts
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Effects of Drought

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Drought can have many devastating effects on communities and the surrounding environment. The degree of devastation depends on the strength of the drought and the length of time an area is considered to be in a drought. Drought has greater impacts on poorer communities than on more prosperous communities who have better opportunities to bring in resources from other areas. However, drought can be very harsh on any type of community.

 

Droughts can cause major impacts on the biotic and abiotic factors of an environment. This is caused by the obvious shortage of water which in turn harms the organisms residing in the enviornment. Organisms need water to suvive and shortage of water causes the water suppy to become more polluted with farming and indusdrial chemicals. Droughts also effect agriculure and cause a shortage of food and risimg food prices. Droughts can effect every corner of an enviornment.


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Drought Across US

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Droughts across the US ranged from moderate to severe this past summer. The drought effected everything from crops to Forth of July celebrations.

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Droughts Destroy Crops

Droughts Destroy Crops | The Impact of Droughts | Scoop.it

Droughts across the Midwest this past summer left crops decimated and farmers with debt.

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Drought 2012: Expect Food Prices to Soar

Drought 2012: Expect Food Prices to Soar | The Impact of Droughts | Scoop.it

The USDA forecasts above-normal food price inflation in 2013.

 

The record drought gripping half the US will help push food prices up by 3 per cent to 4 per cent...

 

USDA economists were aware of the drought a month ago when they did their last projections but didn't know how bad it would get. This drought was a surprise for everybody. The USDA was forecasting a record year for the corn crop until this drought materialized.

 

The article selected tells the reader about the effect of the recent drought and food prices. When the drought arose corn, soybean, wheat, and many more crops suffered. Since food production is low, food pricing is high. As much as 3% to 4% up. THis may not seem like much, but to those who depend on non-packaged food this is a big deal.


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My Soop on the Impact of Droughts

My Soop on the Impact of Droughts | The Impact of Droughts | Scoop.it

Water is the basic fundamental of life. Without water no living creature could survive. Our bodies function with water to produce tasks such as creating energy with ATP. Without that energy we would not carry on. When our source of energy is taken away by factors whether natural or manmade, nothing good can come. One of those natural factors comes in the form of droughts.

Droughts are when limited or no rain fall occurs for long time spans. Droughts cause direct effects on crops, livestock, and the humans who own and raise them. Impacts usually include loss of crops, rises in produce prices, and decrease in populations.

 

During this last summer, Indiana and the rest of the United States experienced a major drought. Rain did not fall for months on end. Without the rains farmers were put into a tough spot. "I couldn't even get weeds to grow" said Wilbur Mackey, a Bloomington farmer. With the hardship of growing produce Super Markets had no choice but to raise the prices of corn, wheat, tomatoes, and other crops.

 

The rise of prices is a difficult one for all families, especially to those farmers who had no way to produce and income not to mention green beans. With food prices up an average of 3% it's no wonder people are suffering.

 

The decline in rain also brought the horrible truth of decreasing numbers. Terrible droughts such as the one we have recently experienced have led to more deaths related to high temperatures and low water supplies. Not enough people had access to the water the needed and became extremely ill. Some unfortunately did not have the means to reach a doctor. Even live stock has suffered. The loss of cattle has been substantial this year reaching new heights for this day and age.

 

The impacts of droughts are upsetting and severe. People are put at misfortunes and everyone suffers. We will all feel the effects of last summer's droughts well into the New Year. Let's just hope for a better forecast next growing season.

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Burn Bans Implemented Across US

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During the height of the drought this past summer, burn bans were put into effect all across the nation due to dry conditions and fear of fast spreading fires.

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Droughts Cause a Lot of Damage

Droughts Cause a Lot of Damage | The Impact of Droughts | Scoop.it

Droughts are caused by manmade and natural occurrences. However droughts occur, there are definitely consequences. When dams are built, very little or no water gets to an area which used to have water regularly. The plant and animal species are not able to adapt fast enough and humans have no food or water as a result.

 

Droughts occur in nature as well, from very hot and/or very dry seasons. The animals, plants, and humans often have more time to react and prepare for a dry season than they do for a dam. The animals may migrate somewhere else for a short time and the plants may store their water. Humans may also conserve their water and move where the animals are.

 

In general, when water is taken from an area that usually gets water, there are consequences on the whole ecosystem. This is why it is important to conserve our water and preserve water habitats so that ecosystems can thrive.

 

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USDA ERS - U.S. Drought 2012: Farm and Food Impacts

USDA ERS - U.S. Drought 2012: Farm and Food Impacts | The Impact of Droughts | Scoop.it

Picture Description: The picture shows that the drought in 2012 in the US tended to affect crops and livestock either not so much or very badly. The graph shows how drought harmed the livestock and crop industries, causing prices to go up.

 

As of mid-August 2012, 60 percent of farms in the United States were experiencing drought. About 17 percent of farms were in counties where most of the land is under moderate drought; 15 percent of farms were experiencing severe drought; and 28 percent were experiencing extreme or exceptional drought.

 

This scoop,USDA ERS - U.S. Drought 2012: Farm and Food Impacts, is explaining the recent drought and it's impact on America and it's agriculture. Since the drought starting in mid-August food prices have dramatically inclinded as explained in the article. The article is a fantastic example of the impact of drought to the country we live in.


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