Global food prices rose 10% in July according to the World Bank’s food price index due to the drought across the USA midwest, Russia and Europe.
Maize and wheat prices rose 25% and soybean prices 17% during the period June – July.
The highest price increases were seen in Africa with maize rising 113% in Mozambique and sorghum rising 220% in southern Sudan.
Despite the rising prices, the organization said it does not predict people will riot as they did in 2008 when food prices last spiked to record levels.
Drought could affect Kansas nuclear plant output.
If the current drought in the USA persists as predicted, the reservoir that feeds a lake used to cool the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant in Kansas will be nearly dry, prompting concern the plant might not be able to continue to provide electricity.
4.7 Earthquake hits Fiji.
4.6 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.
No Earthquakes of 5.0 and larger during this period.
Crops wilt and die in a harsh drought in the Balkans.
Drought cuts the Russian grain crop forecasts after bad harvests from eastern regions.
Conditions in the Pacific appear to be shifting towards the emergence of the El Niño phenomenon after a period of neutral conditions. El Niño has implications for drought and flood conditions throughout the world.
The rate at which wildlife is dying off in the remaining fragments of rainforests in Brazil is greater than previously thought. What was previously one cohesive area of rainforest where wildlife could roam free has now been cut up and divided by roads, cities, farms, and other forms of deforestation.
In the 196 fragments of forest visited, scientists found only 4 of the 18 mammal species they were looking for.
Among the highly endangered creatures were howler monkeys and marmosets. And species like white-lipped peccaries, which are similar to pigs, have been completely wiped out.
The situation was worse than previously thought. All the charismatic species, the large primates, the large ungulates, brocket deer, tapirs, giant anteaters, jaguars, the large cats have all but disappeared.
Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies from areas near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
Scientists found 34 per cent of 3rd generation butterflies had abnormalities, including smaller wings and damaged eyes.
The findings will raise fears over the long-term effects of the leaks on other species and people who were exposed in the days and weeks after the accident, as radiation spread over a large area and forced thousands to evacuate.
The drought in the United States has expanded to include 63 % of the country. Corn prices have risen to near record highs. Wheat and soybean prices also soar on expectations of global food shortages.