Farmers around the world should brace for higher temperatures and more frequent droughts, as climate change is reducing water availability and melting glaciers will eventually cut water supplies in major producing areas, Reuters reported, citing the the Food and Agriculture Organization.
The U.S. Geological Survey projects that warming and snowpack decline in the Rocky Mountains will worsen through the 21st century, threatening to put a strain on water supplies for more than 70 million people in the western United States.
France announced an aid package to help farmers affected by the record spring drought in the country that has parched fields and reduced the supply of animal fodder, Reuters reports.
Last week Fitch Ratings announced in a report that it is considering downgrading the credit rating of Atlanta-area water and sewer utilities, Forbes says in a column that looks at the changing value of water.
, a Bulgaria native, is a Chicago-based reporter for Circle of Blue. She co-writes The Stream, a daily digest of international water news trends.
Interests: Europe, China, Environmental Policy, International Security.