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Brazil drought stokes worries over energy shortages
By Luis BarruchoBBC Brasil, Sao Paulo
Twelve years ago Brazilians across much of the country faced a stark choice: cut down on their energy use or be cut off completely.
The strict measures were part of the government’s response to a severe drought that had led to a big drop in the production of hydroelectricity, Brazil’s main source of energy.
Worst drought in decades hits Brazil’s Northeast
By Caroline Stauffer
SAO PAULO | Fri Jan 4, 2013 10:38am EST
(Reuters) – Brazil’s Northeast is suffering its worst drought in decades, threatening hydro-power supplies in an area prone to blackouts and potentially slowing economic growth in one of the country’s emerging agricultural frontiers.
U.S. corn planters idle as rains sweep crop belt
Mon Apr 8, 2013 8:32am EDT
* Wet week to stall early corn plantings
* Moisture welcomed in drought-stricken areas
* Another rainstorm expected early next week
By Sam Nelson
CHICAGO, April 8 (Reuters) – Widespread rainfall in the U.S. Midwest and Plains this week will add valuable soil moisture in drought-stricken areas but also stall spring fieldwork and prevent early corn seedings, an agricultural meteorologist said on Monday.
“It’s an active storm system leaving 0.2 to 0.6 inch of rain Monday and 1.0 to 2.00 inches or more Tuesday through Thursday in most of the Midwest,” said John Dee, meteorologist for Global Weather Monitoring.
Dee said lighter rains of roughly 0.25 inch could be expected in the driest areas of southwest Kansas and the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles.
“The precipitation will be in the form of snow in the Dakotas and western Nebraska, with 6.0 to 12.0 inches possible,” he said. READ MORE…. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/08/usa-weather-drought-idUSL2N0CV0E620130408
Frugal Americans stay so post recession (1:22)
April 16 – Four years after the official end of recession, 94 percent of Americans are spending as little as possible, according to a Deloitte study. Conway G. Gittens reports. ( Transcript )
- VIDEO: http://www.reuters.com/video/2013/04/16/frugal-americans-stay-so-post-recession?videoId=242286158&videoChannel=5
- Study Reveals Global Warming Not To Blame For Last Year’s Crippling Drought (stlouis.cbslocal.com)
- Drought getting worse in a number of areas (radionz.co.nz)
- NATURAL EVENTS: Drought Not Due To Climate Change (whotv.com)