Monday, February 24, 2014

Graphics on the California drought

Pretty intense graph from Mother Jones showing the potential impact of the California drought. I didn't realize that things were so bad in the Monterey Bay area. I visited a bunch of farms there a number of years ago, and it's tough to think that this tremendously productive and scenic area, blessed with sun and fog perfect for a number of crops, is most likely going to produce nothing this year.

The other article I saw today doesn't have the same kind of graphic, but it's pretty graphic in a different way. Almond farmers in California are actually destroying parts of their orchards, killing some trees before the drought does so that the trees don't become hosts to bugs which can damage other trees. Culling the orchard is necessary over time, but it's happening at an accelerated rate. Pretty sad!

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