12 Jul '11, 5pm

The current drought in the South rivals a record-setting one in the 1950s. Except, now we have double the population:

The current drought in the South rivals a record-setting one in the 1950s. Except, now we have double the population:

A New York Times article about the current drought in the South compares it to a record-setting dry spell 60 years ago: Climatologists say the great drought of 2011 is starting to look a lot like the one that hit the nation in the early to mid-1950s. That, too, dried a broad part of the southern tier of states into leather and remains a record breaker. But this time, things are different in the drought belt. With states and towns short on cash and unemployment still high, the stress on the land and the people who rely on it for a living is being amplified by political and economic forces, state and local officials say. As a result, this drought is likely to have the cultural impact of the great 1930s drought, which hammered an already weakened nation. But it's not just the economy that's worse now than it was in the 1950s. Water usage is also way, way up. This drought riva...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-12-why-this-drought-wil...

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