Experts say that drought is one of the severe backlashes we’ll get due to climate change. Well, if we keep messing up the atmosphere we’ll definitely get repercussions such as drought and sniffing our very own bad breath of air one time or another. Drought is a serious matter wherever in the world you may be.
I never thought there was such a thing as a drought map before. I thought like, why would anyone bother making a map of drought stricken areas and parts of the world. It simply amazes me at what people would be willing to do in order to get the facts straight. I think it’s a positive move from the US Department of Agriculture for putting up these maps to help folks monitor the status of the current situation.
Kudos also needs to go to various organizations and individuals all over the world who take the time to monitor such things and map them out. Great work people! I just hope that we would also go beyond just making maps and looking at the current scenario.
If you’re interested to see what a drought map looks like then click the link below. It shows the Drought Monitor for January 27, 2009 in the United States. This particular drought map was released two days after the situation was actually mapped out. This one was made by some guy from the US Agriculture Department.
I guess I’ll try to make it one of my habits to check out these drought maps and see how things are going from time to time. Changing gears a bit, I mentioned earlier that there are folks in other parts of the world who are also engaged in making these drought maps. These maps help us see the big picture and what’s going on with the rest of the world where drought is concerned.
The Global Picture
Looking around a bit, it appears that drought is now a problem everywhere. For instance, a report from CNN World dated February 6, 2009 says that China is currently suffering one of the worst droughts ranging to 50 years. The Chinese government has now raised the alert level to red, which probably means things aren’t looking too good. The affected areas seem to be central and northern China.
A total of 4.3 million people in China are now facing a shortage of drinking water not to mention that they also have a couple million livestock that also competes for the same water supply. Moving our lenses a bit further, it appears that central Asia and the Middle East is also facing the same thing. Well, not all of the countries in the said region are experiencing extreme drought but seeing it happen there too is really telling.
To date, the countries that are suffering their worst drought in decades include Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Kenya, United States, China, Australia, Kenya, and Argentina. On the other hand, Mexico, India, Thailand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Tunisia among others are only suffering moderate drought.
We all know that such drastic occurrences of drought are only part of the effects of a global climate change. I expect some scientists and other experts to debate the issue and contend that it has nothing to do with the shifting climate. It’s a wait and see situation but the fact of the matter is that drought can be caused by our messing with the atmosphere triggering changes in our climate.