There are many reasons we may see animals dying. Sometimes they are taken down, like this elephant, pictured above that killed a person. The elephant was looking for water and food in Kenya. Around our world, the planet is losing its water supply. The wild life of our planet may become extinct if there is no water…and what about humans?
In this blog, we look at the amazing animals of the world that we don’t often see unless they are in a zoo or we take a safari trip, which most of us can’t afford. I don’t frequent a zoo because it breaks my heart to see an exotic animal, like a tiger, pacing back and forth in his cage. They were meant to roam free and it is beyond me that someone would kill these beautiful creatures in order to put a trophy head on a wall. “To each his own,” one may say.
When will humans decide that all life is worth saving?
One may believe that this has always been happening in Africa and many desert type areas. The fact that people are also starving in our world because of corruption and wars between waring elements is also true.
Yes, humans make much misery in the world, but our world is also losing water and thus the ability to grow food. We think that our prices at the super markets are high…just wait if the food is not there because farmers can’t afford to feed their animals or water their crops!!
Perhaps we should remind ourselves of some of these real-life situations that are facing humanity…not just in far away places, but here in the U.S. with possibility that famine could spread throughout our world.
This is a 2021 report made by CNN about our own country. Of course, when looking at my home state of Florida, this report was made before the recent hurricane. Any storm helps our water level in the aquifer, but personal property is often devastated.
The aquifer, or water table is at atmospheric pressure, and thus is able to rise and fall. If the aquifer gets low, the water supply above ground may not supply all the water needed for the people, crops or any living thing.
This overall map of the U.S. on drought is not a pretty picture.
(Report by New York CNN Business)
Nearly three quarters of US farmers say this year’s drought is hurting their harvest – with significant crop and income loss, according to a new survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation, a lobbying group that represents agricultural interests.
This year’s drought conditions are taking a harder toll than last year’s, as 37% of farmers said they are plowing through and killing existing crops that won’t reach maturity because of dry conditions. That’s a jump from 24% last year, according to the survey.
IN THE USA…THE WEST’S MEGADROUGHT
Here are some reasons we, here in the U.S. should be concerned:
- The Colorado River irrigates farms, powers electric grids and provides drinking water for 40 million people. As its supply dwindles, a crisis looms.
- California’s two largest reservoirs are already at critically low levels and the dry season is just starting.
- A coastal commission rejected a $1.4 billion desalination plant that would have converted ocean water into municipal water.
- More human remains were discovered at Lake Mead as the reservoir’s water level plunges.
- July was the third-hottest on record for the US and ranked in the top 10 for every state in the West except for Montana, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.
- The US Department of Agriculture’s bulletin, ending the week of August 6,2022, reported “rapidly intensifying drought gripped the central and southern Plains and mid-South, depleting topsoil moisture and significantly stressing rangeland, pastures, and various summer crops.”
- The AFBF estimates nearly 60% of West, South and Central Plains are experiencing severe drought or higher this year.
- The AFBF survey was conducted across 15 states from June 8 to July 20 in extreme drought regions from Texas to North Dakota to California, which makes up nearly half of the country’s agricultural production value.
- “The effects of this drought will be felt for years to come, not just by farmers and ranchers but also by consumers. Many farmers have had to make the devastating decision to sell off livestock they have spent years raising or destroy orchard trees that have grown for decades,” said Zippy Duvall, AFBF president.
We must not forget that even the rain forest is being cut down, which also influences how much water can fall on the earth.
Let’s take a look at what real drought and famine can do to any people on earth.
Think about it the next time you let the water run freely while brushing your teeth.
“A crisis is unfolding in the East African nation of Somalia, which is teetering on the edge of famine. According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, more than half of Somalia’s children will face acute malnutrition through mid-2023. CBS News’ John Dickerson speaks with Lynsey Addario, a photojournalist on assignment for National Geographic, who captured images of the tragic food shortages in Somalia.”
Keep in mind that what you see here can happen anywhere in the world. Turn up your sound.