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The Leonard Lopate Show

The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Lester Brown explains how falling water tables, eroding soils, rising temperatures, and control of arable land and water resources is spurring the global struggle for food security. In Full Planets, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity Brown outlines the political implications of land acquisitions by grain-importing countries in Africa and elsewhere as well as the world’s shrinking buffers against poor harvests.

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The Takeaway

Drought Closes Parts of Mississippi River

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Mississippi River is more than 12 feet lower than normal for this time of year. It's so difficult for boats to pass through that crews have shut down an 11-mile stretch to restore the depth. Over 100 ships are in line to pass through. 

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The Takeaway

US Ethanol Requirements Could Cause a Global Food Crisis

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The U.S. will convert up to 40 percent of its corn crop into ethanol this year. But as the country faces its worst drought in more than 50 years, can we afford to turn that food into fuel?

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The Takeaway

How the Drought Can Help Us Rethink Water Use

Monday, August 20, 2012

Our nation's water system generally works so well that for many, it's invisible. The pipes lay hidden beneath the ground and when Americans turn on their faucets, the water flows at little cost. How can a drought help us re-imagine the way we pay attention to, use, and conserve water?

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The Takeaway

Drought Brings Devastation to Nebraska

Monday, August 06, 2012

The worst drought in half a century has devastated farmers across the country this summer, yet few have been as devastated as those in the major farm state of Nebraska.

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The Takeaway

Exploring the Psychology of Droughts

Friday, August 03, 2012

For the past several weeks The Takeaway has been talking to farmers about the worsening drought conditions in the Midwest. The USDA has designated over 1,500 counties in 32 states as disaster areas. If a flood hit 32 states, we'd be in a panic.

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The Takeaway

Secretary of Agriculture Outlines Plan to Cope with Drought

Thursday, August 02, 2012

As drought conditions worsen for much of the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is stepping in to provide some relief for farmers and ranchers. Joining us from Washington D.C. is U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

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The Takeaway

Farmer Believes Government at Fault for Drought's Consequences

Thursday, August 02, 2012

As severe drought covers about two-thirds of the country, more than half of all U.S. counties have been designated primary disaster areas by the Department of Agriculture.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Drought and Food Supplies Around the World

Thursday, August 02, 2012

More than half of  counties in the United States have been declared disaster zones due to drought. But the United States isn’t the only country experiencing crop failures or higher food costs as a result. On today’s second Backstory, Earth Policy Institute President Lester Brown talks about water shortages in Pakistan, East Africa, and elsewhere—and how they’re affecting food supplies.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Global Weirdness

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Michael D. Lemonick summarizes what we know about the science of climate change; explains what is likely to happen to the climate in the future; and lays out in practical terms what we can and cannot do to avoid further shifts. The 60 entries in the book Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas and the Weather of the Future broaden our understanding of how climate change affects our daily lives, provides incontrovertible facts to make informed decisions about the future of the planet and of humankind.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Midwest Drought's Ripple Effects

Monday, July 30, 2012

The drought continues throughout much of the United States. NPR food and agriculture correspondent Dan Charles looks at the effects on everything from factory farms to local food prices.

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WNYC News

Upstate Grape Growers Brace for August Weather

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Wine producers in the Finger Lakes are praying for rain — a drizzle, to be specific, not a downpour — as they face one of the worst droughts in the area in 20 years.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: Has the Fed Run Out of Tools?

Friday, July 27, 2012

The American economy is slowing down.

GDP grew at a 1.5 percent rate in the second quarter, down from 1.9 percent in the first quarter, and anticipation is growing over what the Federal Reserve's policy-making committee will decide when it meets next week.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Heat and Drought

Monday, July 23, 2012

New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert documents this summer’s extreme climate changes—particularly heat and drought—and looks at their dire consequences.

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WNYC News

Local Crops Feel The Heat

Thursday, July 19, 2012

While drought conditions exist in large swaths of the country, here in the tri-state region, climate experts say it’s only “abnormally dry.” That may be good news for beach bums, but the heat may “burn” the quantity and the quality of local crops.

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The Takeaway

Historic Drought Means Rising Food Prices

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

One third of the Midwest is currently experiencing conditions of extreme drought. How is this affect farmers, food prices, and you?

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WNYC News

Despite Recent Rainy Weather, New York Faces Drought Condition

Sunday, May 06, 2012

The dry winter and spring means New York City started May in Level 1 draught conditions. While that's the least severe level of drought, the lack of moisture is notable.

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The Takeaway

Texas Experiences Worst Drought on Record

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Texas is in the middle of the worst drought on record in the state's history. Farm crops have been hit hard, and valuable grazing land has dried out, leading to heavy losses in the state’s valuable cattle industry. In total, Texas has suffered more than $5 billion in agricultural losses since the drought began.

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The Takeaway

750,000 Could Perish in Somali Famine

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

East Africa's worst drought in 60 years is only getting worse. The United Nations declared famine earlier this week in a new part of southern Somalia, and warned that as many as 750,000 people could die as the drought goes on. Twelve million people across the region are in need of food aid. The BBC's Will Ross just returned from a trip to the Somali border and Dadaab Somali refugee camp in northern Kenya. He reports from Nairobi.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Famine and Piracy in Somalia

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jay Bahadur, journalist and author of The Pirates of Somalia: Inside their Hidden World, discusses the famine, drought, and piracy crises in Somalia.

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