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Aug 12 5 tweets 6 min read
'Very scary': European agriculture hit hard by climate change and drought

⚠️It is *really*, absolutely scary. Please pay attention to this & get it on the radar if your broader community-

This is happening way too soon & only gets worse.

The climate crisis is *already* impacting food supplies in wealthy countries- & look at what is being ignored in Somalia:

'Crops are failing while millions of livestock die, as the drought cripples the main source of income for 80% of the population...'
'...leaving 5 million people at risk of starvation.... thousands of Somalis have died' in June

So when our leaders delay #ClimateAction ostensibly because of the economy or whatever made up excuses, remind them of the blood on their hands!

The climate link to worsening droughts in East Africa is well established-

'with climate change, we are seeing more frequent and extremely dangerous back-to-back failures of these rains'

#ClimateCrisis #food #Somalia #justice #ActNow theconversation.com/scientists-sou…

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Aug 11
This seems timely.

Some context for anyone reporting on or concerned about droughts in #Europe, the #USA or elsewhere.

#media #ClimateCrisis
'Corn isn’t the only US crop suffering under hot and dry conditions in the Great Plains. Sorghum and millet, which are grown in areas currently hit by drought, look set to be hurt as well.'

#ClimateCrisis #foodporn #yum #yummy #tasty #food #eating
'The drought pressing Texas’ agriculture industry ...is pushing farmers and ranchers to the brink. The state’s 247,000 farms & ranches covering 127 million acres haven’t had a whole year of rain since 2017'

#Texas #water #food #farming
Read 6 tweets
Jul 26
Europe -𝙩𝙚𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜:

‘The EU’s crop monitoring service has substantially reduced its expectations for the bloc's 2022 spring crops, amid continued drier-than-usual conditions across large parts of the continent’

#ClimateCrisis #food #water
Italy -𝙗𝙖𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜:

Severe drought has caused crop yields to fall by 45% for corn & fodder for animal feed, 30% for rice & wheat and 15% for fruit

‘Milk production is down 20% because of cows being stressed by the extreme heat’

Spain - 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙘𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜:

‘A recent study suggested Spain was the driest it's been for over a thousand years with no rain in May - a critical time for farming.‘

#CambioClimatico #food #water
Read 4 tweets
Jul 25
'“Unprecedented” droughts lasting for at least five years will hit several regions around the world by mid-century if nothing is done to curb global warming, an international team of scientists warned.'

#ClimateCrisis #food #water #AgTwitter #farming
Note the timing (!)

'We find that the regional average frequency of drought days (FDD) is anticipated to increase substantially in several regions even during the first half of the 21st century'

#ClimateCrisis #food #water #AgTwitter
'Our results shed light on potential concerns that the existing infrastructures and practices that were designed based on historical records or experiences may become insufficient in the near future to cope with droughts'

#ClimateCrisis #food #water
Read 4 tweets
Jul 17
'Sweltering temperatures and sparse rain could hurt Europe’s maize crop'

Italy may see a drop of 30%, Spain- 16%

'There are also concerns about hot, dry weather in central & eastern Europe, including in Germany, Hungary and Romania'

#ClimateCrisis #food
'Turkey has been struggling to feed its entire population since 2015. The government has cited climate change and the constant refugee crisis... Such deals locally attract outcry on being neocolonialist'

“Behind every land grab is a water grab.”


Farmers on edge & fearing crop fires in midst of heatwave

"It is hellish. The weather is horrendous"

Yields are"way down"

Crops "being taken away from under our feet with these temperatures."

#ClimateCrisis #food #UKPoli
Read 4 tweets
Jun 28
⚠️Your food - being hammered by climate change NOW

News round-up:
➡️Italy rivers drying up, 30% of agriculture at risk
➡️Extreme heat & fires badly damaging Tunesia's crops
➡️2°C of warming may see SE Asia’s crop production decline by 1/3 per capita by 2040

#food #NEWS
➡️Massive volumes of crops -in the field & already harvested- washed away by floods in Bangladesh
➡️“truly biblical” swarms of crickets thriving in heat & drought devouring crops in American West
➡️ UN: "a real risk that multiple famines will be declared in 2022"

#food #NEWS
➡️'desperate drought conditions' impacting crops across the United States
➡️Extreme weather battering farmers in India
➡️'Grain shortage could cause food crisis in Ireland' - by this winter!
➡️high temperatures, drought, record rains hitting crops across China

#food #NEWS
Read 9 tweets
Jun 6
And the hits keep coming-

"Farms across France were hit by heavy hail and fierce storms over the weekend... while their counterparts in Italy warned of the impact of drought on crop yields."

Dark times ahead.

#ClimateCrisis #food #France #Italy #Europe
In France, the world's 4th largest wheat exporter- 'Hail, strong winds & torrential rain caused damage... affecting wheat as well as fruit crops & vineyards'

"The damage is very significant, with some farms seeing 100% of their crop affected"

#food #farm

'Italy has received only half the usual rainfall levels so far in 2022, according to agricultural lobby Coldiretti, which estimates the cost of lost production at close to 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion)'

#ClimateCrisis #food #water #Italy
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