October 10 News: U.S. Drought Brings Corn And Soy Supplies Below Previous Year’s Consumption For First Time In 38 Years

Drought damage to corn and soybean fields in the U.S., the world’s top grower and exporter, is eroding supplies of the nation’s two largest crops to below year-earlier consumption levels for the first time since 1974. [Businessweek]

U.S. milk production is headed for the biggest contraction in 12 years as a drought-fueled surge in feed costs drives more cows to slaughter. [Businessweek]

Global clean energy investment looks to be heading for a dip this year following a weak performance over the third quarter of 2012. A total of $56.6bn was invested from July to September, a five per cent drop on the previous quarter and 20 per cent lower than the same period last year, figures from analyst Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) revealed today. [Guardian]

NOAA’s latest State of the Climate roundup shows that September marked the 16th month in a row with above-average temperatures for the lower 48 states of the U.S. [Climate Central]

A large and growing majority of Americans say “global warming is affecting weather in the United States” (74%, up 5 points since our last national survey in March 2012). [Yale]

The number of natural disasters per year has been rising dramatically on all continents since 1980, but the trend is steepest for North America where countries have been battered by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, searing heat and drought, a new report says. [USA Today]

An Alaskan village that claims global warming is eroding its shoreline is asking for a rehearing of their case against several power companies it says are to blame. [Legal Newsline]

A published study by researchers at the West Virginia University School of Medicine and School of Public Health is the first of its kind to suggest that exposure to air pollution particles from mountaintop mining sites may impair blood vessels’ ability to dilate, which may lead to cardiovascular disease. [The State Journal]

Thousands of people have avoided getting skin cancer thanks to Canadian scientists who invented the UV index and the gold-standard tool for measuring the thickness of the Earth’s ozone layer. But now Canada’s ozone science group no longer exists, victim of government budget cuts. [Guardian]

Chevron on Tuesday lost a U.S. Supreme Court bid to block an $18.2 billion judgment against it in Ecuador in a case over pollution in the Amazon jungle. [Mercury News]

Australia switched on its first utility-scale solar farm on Wednesday, bringing the country a small step closer to achieving ambitious renewable energy use targets that traditional coal and gas power producers are now fighting to soften. [Reuters]

8 Responses to October 10 News: U.S. Drought Brings Corn And Soy Supplies Below Previous Year’s Consumption For First Time In 38 Years

  1. Son of Krypton says:

    Regarding the cuts to UV monitoring.
    I am a Canadian university student focusing on atmospheric sciences. The relentless assault on science and the environment, masquerading as “sound fiscal policy”, under the Harper government has all but ensured I will be leaving the country to pursue appropriate work. Save the occasional entry level position with consulting firms and the like, positions in which to build experience are exceedingly rare in the Canada which has become unfamiliar to me. Positions which are available generally require some years of experience, and as a result I increasingly look to Germany, where the importance of sound science retains the value which now seems lost on my government.
    It is a great pity that these cuts to UV monitoring but a sample of the larger trend; one that has sorely eroded Canada’s once stellar reputation for scientific contribution. I sorely hope this trend reverses in Canada, and that the US does not fall prey to a similar trend under a Romney administration

  2. Paul Magnus says:

    Climate Chaos shared a link.

    Tentative link to the drought in the US which caused farms to cut herds due to the cost of feed and water stress….

    Too Much Beef Too Fast The Reason For E. Coli Scare: Union
    BROOKS, Alta. – The union for workers at an Alberta beef packer shut down over E. coli concerns, and at the centre of the biggest beef recall in Canadian history, says better training and work conditions are required to ensure meat is safe.Doug O’Halloran, president of the United Food and Commercial…

  3. ColoradoBob says:

    SoK –
    Here’s yer ‘Atta Boy’.
    Your tar sands have turned your government into Texas in the 1930’s.

  4. ColoradoBob says:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ice goes on seemingly forever in a white pancake-flat landscape, stretching farther than ever before. And yet in this confounding region of the world, that spreading ice may be a cockeyed signal of man-made climate change, scientists say.
    This is Antarctica, the polar opposite of the Arctic.
    While the North Pole has been losing sea ice over the years, the water nearest the South Pole has been gaining it. Antarctic sea ice hit a record 7.51 million square miles in September. That happened just days after reports of the biggest loss of Arctic sea ice on record.
    Climate change skeptics have seized on the Antarctic ice to argue that the globe isn’t warming and that scientists are ignoring the southern continent because it’s not convenient. But scientists say the skeptics are misinterpreting what’s happening and why.

  5. Paul Magnus says:

    Climate Portals shared a link.
    2 seconds ago
    Great clip. It has a lot to say about the GW/OA story….. Will be able to live like this in the future…

    WATCH: A Breathtaking Look At Toronto
    Even Toronto haters might take pause after watching this gorgeous time-lapse video shot in various locations around the city.

  6. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    The Right, in the course of their recent descent into primitivism and group dementia, have turned their backs on science and all those Enlightenment values that supposedly made the West the envy of the world. All that is left is ignorance, magical thinking where the laws of physics can be disregarded, and a massive capacity for, and love of, the redemptive force of massive violence, to be deployed against all those who differ from the Right. Once I saw the first Rightwing loonocrat, in Murdoch’s sewer, naturally, attacking peer review in order to push climate destabilisation denial, I figured that virtually nothing was beyond them. I expect autos-da fe and witch trials to be reinstated, almost any day.

  7. Dr.A.Jagadeesh says:

    Why not grow Agave to get biofuel and Opuntia to get biogas and then power generation.
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India