“Photographer Siegfried Modola traveled to document Ethiopia’s ancient salt trade in the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest and harshest environments on earth, with an average annual temperature of 94 degrees Fahrenheit (34.4 Celsius). For centuries, merchants have traveled there with caravans of camels to collect salt from the surface of the vast desert basin. The mineral is extracted and shaped into slabs, then loaded onto the animals before being transported back across the desert so that it can be sold around the country.
Read Siegfried’s personal account here.”
Posts tagged economy.
The End of Oil van Edward Burtynsky.
More tangible examples of climate impacts.
Western Fires Kill Thousands of Cattle
Across the West, major wildfires are wreaking havoc this summer on the region’s economically fragile livestock industry. In areas such as remote Powder River County, Mont., ranchers says they could be grappling with the devastation for years to come.
Hay is in short supply. Hundreds of miles of fence and numerous corrals and water tanks must be rebuilt. Thousands of head of displaced livestock are being shipped to temporary pastures. Similar scenes are playing out in Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho. Including Montana, the value of the six states’ cattle industries approaches $9 billion annually.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news-Western-Fires-Kill-Hundreds-of-Cattle-072712.aspx
Expect food prices to go up at the end of the summer. But, are there long term impacts from this year’s droughts??
The National Climatic Data Center said this week that more than half of the U.S. spent June in a moderate or extreme drought, the widest incidence of drought in half a century. Some numbers to put things into perspective:
26 — States that have been declared natural disaster areas due to the weather this summer
3,215 — Daily U.S. heat records broken in June
46 — Days without rain in Indianapolis, In., from June 1 through July 16, breaking a record set in 1908
38 — Percent of U.S. corn crops in poor or very poor shape, according to the USDA
Farewell to the Canadian penny
A worker sorted chilies near Ahmedabad, India, Wednesday, Feb. 15.
[Credit : Ajit Solanki/Associated Press]