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Possible “Megadrought” Cause for Alarm in California

California faces the worst drought in the state's recorded history, prompting concerns that an era of "megadroughts" could have returned to the state.  Learn what you can do about it.

Is a warmer climate to blame for Western wildfires?

Summertime is particularly brutal for residents of the many Midwestern states – skyrocketing temperatures and minimal rainfall provide hardly any relief, and the growing number of wildfires forces people from their homes. A chart from The Atlantic Wire displays the dramatic increase of the number of wildfires over the past 50 years, from 18,229 fires (1,323,666 acres) in 1983 to 67,774 fires (9,326,238 acres) just last year alone.


Drought and Floods Affect US Farmers: Crop Insurance, Improved Farming Methods, and Assistance are the Response

According to the USDA, about 80 percent of agricultural land experienced drought in 2012, conditions not seen since the 1950s. Two thousand US counties were designated as disaster areas, and 67 percent of cattle and 70-75 percent of corn and soybean production was affected. The summer months were the driest, putting 28 percent of the affected farms in exceptional (worse than severe) drought conditions. The tide turned this spring for some Midwestern areas, when torrential rains made it difficult to farmers to plant their crops.

UN Refugee Chief Says Horn of Africa Drought is the Worst Humanitarian Crisis in the World

UPDATE: The United Nations officially declared Somalia’s food crisis a famine in several parts of the country.   This means that acute malnutrition rates are over thirty percent, with peaks of fifty percent in certain areas of the country’s South.

Video updates from Save the Children, UNICEF, and WorldVision are in our video gallery--here is the latest from Save the Children:


Earlier post:

A covergence of drought, rising food costs, and conflict has driven over a quarter of a million people--now quickly approaching half a million--to the Dabaab refugee camps just across the border with Somalia in Northern Kenya.  Ten million people live in the drought-striken area, which lies at the crossroads of Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia.   Many have not harvested crops in over two years, making this the worst drought to have hit the region in over half a century.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Calls for Aid to Lesotho to Stem Food Crisis

From UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:


Due to flooding, late rains, and early frost, about 725,000 people in Lesotho--a third of the country's population--face a food security criss.

Annual Farm Aid Concert, Hershey PA

Update 9/13/2012 from


With more than 29,000 tickets sold, Farm Aid 2012 is officially sold out. Fans at home can watch a special presentation of the concert event from Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 to 11 p.m. EDT at


World-famous musicians Neil

ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour to Assess Drought Damage

On the second of an annual, four-day tour of crops through seven Midwestern states, ProFarmer Editor Chip Flory expressed his concerns about the drought's effects on this year's corn crop, "After two days on the western leg of the Tour, I now see a risk of a significant cut to the 2012-13 corn