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Drought that ravaged US crops likely to worsen in 2013, forecast warns

A severe drought hit the Midwest hard in 2012. USDAgov/Flickr.com The historic drought that laid waste to America’s grain and corn belt is unlikely to ease before the middle of this year, a government forecast warned Thursday. The annual spring outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted hotter, drier conditions across much of the U.S., including parts of […]

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Climate change set to make America hotter, drier and more disaster-prone

The draft report forecasts an increased risk of extreme events in the Midwest, like last year’s drought.CraneStation/Flickr Future generations of Americans can expect to spend 25 days a year sweltering in temperatures above 100 degrees, with climate change on course to turn the country into a hotter, drier, and more disaster-prone place. The National Climate Assessment, released in […]