Just been reading a bit about the droughts affecting so many places, the American National centre for Atmospheric Research says, the percentage of the earth's land area stricken by serious drought has more than doubled in the past thirty years. The following recent news clippings conform this.

"Australian drought raises questions about long term sustainability"

"Wading Birds in danger as our wetlands dry up"

"Global warming blamed for decline in Puffins"

"Drought tightens its deadly grip on Europe"

"Sewage could solve Australia's Drought"

"Showers will barely dent the drought"

"Call for aid as Niger faces famine"

"Iberian misery as drought bits"

"A Nations starving to death"

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