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    Post  Cowboy's daughter Tue Jul 20, 2021 4:44 pm

    The Summer of Discontent: 'Pingdemonium' chaos sees ONE MILLION children off school, the pound PLUNGE, bins uncollected and food and fuel supplies running low amid warning England's workforce will grind to a halt if Boris doesn't abandon NHS ap

    Around 1.7m people thought to be currently isolating after being notified by app or contacted by Test & Trace

    More than a million pupils were out of the classroom last week, according to Department of Education data

    Scores of firms forced to close due to self-isolating staff, which is exacerbating existing HGV driver shortage

    The UK was today left fearing a Summer of Discontent as the NHS Covid app continued to 'ping' swathes of the country into isolation - while weary Britons complained of fuel and food shortages, bin collection cancellations, railways delays, and scores of school and business closures.

    Around 1.7million people are thought to be currently isolating at home after being notified by the app or contacted by Test & Trace, with the problem set to get much worse as cases keep rising.

    More than a million pupils were out of the classroom last week, according to new Department of Education data, with 81,000 reporting a confirmed or suspected case of Covid and the rest self-isolating following a positive contact.

    With the summer break just 48 hours away, parents are pulling their children out of classrooms to avoid having their staycations ruined, amid warnings from travel bosses that a lack of staff will leave holiday lets and attractions unable to open.

    Staff shortages fuelled by self-isolating staff have seen green bin deliveries suspended in at least eight council areas, including Liverpool and Bristol, as shoppers took pictures of empty shelves and oil giant BP blamed petrol shortages at an M25 service station on the closure of a distribution centre.

    Yet more schools, libraries, art galleries and hospitality venues today revealed fresh tales of woe, with one Bournemouth restaurant losing thousands of pounds after having to cancel 100 table covers when one chef received an app notification.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9806013/Ping-demonium-Fears-Summer-Discontent.html
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    Post  Cowboy's daughter Wed Jul 21, 2021 8:42 pm

    Desperate supermarkets hire more staff to beat the pingdemic: Iceland targets 2,000 temps to keep stores open as shelves empty across UK with meat, bottled water and ice cream in short supply

    Iceland confirmed in the next few days it will start to draft in another 2,000 employees to fill temporary roles

    Sainsbury's, Tesco, Lidl and Morrisons stores were seen with significant gaps in their shelves this afternoon

    Comes after the British Meat Processors Association CEO warned about impact on supplies from 'pingdemic'

    Issue is exacerbating an existing shortage of delivery drivers caused by Brexit and delays with HGV licenses

    A Food and Drink Federation survey revealed three-quarters of its members reported a driver shortage  

    It comes as a third of Dorset Police's control room staff were off work after being ordered to self-isolate

    At Tesco there was a shortage of fresh fruit and vegetables, fridge food, water, beer and kitchen roll. Whilst Asda was short of bread, fruit and vegetables.
    and sanitiser shelves almost empty at Morrisons at The Gyle, Edinburgh, in an image taken late this morning



    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9809593/Pingdemic-crisis-deepens-Supermarket-shelves-food-supply-chains-start-fail.html
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    Post  Cowboy's daughter Sat Jul 24, 2021 3:21 pm

    World’s Food Supplies Get Slammed by Drought, Floods and Frost
    Bloomberg News
    July 24, 2021, 2:46 AM CDT
    Coffee surges to highest since 2014 after frost hits Brazil
    As food vulnerability rises, social unrest often follows
    Extreme weather is slamming crops across the globe, bringing with it the threat of further food inflation at a time costs are already hovering near the highest in a decade and hunger is on the rise.

    Brazil’s worst frost in two decades brought a deadly blow to young coffee trees in the world’s biggest grower. Flooding in China’s key pork region inundated farms and raised the threat of animal disease. Scorching heat and drought crushed crops on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. And in Europe, torrential rains sparked the risk of fungal diseases for grains and stalled tractors in soaked fields.

    Coffee’s the biggest recent mover, with prices surging 17% this week week and topping $2 a pound for the first time since 2014. But the recent frost in Brazil is just the latest example of woes that have struck farmers there this year. Brazil’s also experiencing a crippling drought that depleted reservoirs needed for irrigation.



    Emerging Market Food Vulnerability Scorecard
    Yemen, Sudan and Lebanon are the most at risk
    Note: Mapped data show vulnerability score for distinct economies

    The Food Price Index from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization rose for 12 consecutive months through May before easing in June to 124.6 points, still up 34% from a year earlier. The index measures international prices of a basket of food commodities.


    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-24/world-s-food-supplies-get-slammed-by-drought-floods-and-frost?srnd=premium
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    Post  Cowboy's daughter Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:11 pm

    In drought-plagued northern Mexico, tens of thousands of cows are starving to death

    CAJEME, Mexico — In the parched hills of southern Sonora, Marco Antonio Gutierrez paced around a clearing, counting the dead.
    There were seven rotting carcasses — jutting ribs and shriveled hides — and two sun-bleached skulls. Nine cows, felled by heat and hunger.

    “There’s nothing for them to eat,” said Gutierrez, a wide-brimmed hat shading his downcast eyes. “There used to be big ranches here. Now it’s pure sorrow.”

    Two years of extreme drought have turned large stretches of northern Mexico into a boneyard. Between starvation and ranchers forced to prematurely sell or slaughter their livestock, officials say the number of cattle in Sonora has dropped from 1.1 million to about 635,000.
    It’s an unimaginable loss for a state that is world-famous for its high-quality cows, and where beef is not just a central part of the diet and economy but also a tradition that binds families together.

    Gutierrez doesn’t use the phrase “climate change” to describe what’s happening, but he laments that every year seems drier and hotter than the last. In recent months, he has watched helplessly as 70 of his 100 cows have starved to death.

    It wasn’t even noon yet, and the thermometer on Alcala’s truck read 104 degrees. As the friends drove, they passed people shielding themselves from the sun with umbrellas, and dogs and horses hugging the sides of buildings, desperate for shade.

    And then there were the cattle, thousands of them, some so skinny they looked like skeletons wandering the hills.

    For months, ranchers had depended on alfalfa grown in fields irrigated with water from private wells or a nearby dam. But when the dam levels fell dangerously low, authorities had cut off the supply to ranches and farms to conserve water for drinking, cooking and bathing. The price of alfalfa had doubled — putting it out of reach for many.

    Alcala’s organization had pleaded with authorities to drill wells in the region so ranchers could grow their own food for their cattle. But water table levels have fallen too, making it clearer each day that wells are at best a temporary solution.




    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/latino-life/story/2021-08-02/in-drought-plagued-northern-mexico-cows-are-starving-to-by-the-tens-of-thousands






    The first cows were brought to Mexico by Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s. In Sonora, Jesuit missionaries encouraged Indigenous tribes, who had subsisted mostly on beans, corn and squash, to raise them.

    By the second half of the 20th century, livestock had become big business here, with cattle roaming over 85% of the state. Tens of thousands of ranchers raised steers to sell at auction, many for export to the United States. Ranchers here say Sonora’s mix of native grasses give their beef a distinctive texture.
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    Post  GarryB Thu Aug 05, 2021 10:28 am

    You know droughts usually end with floods...

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    Post  Cowboy's daughter Thu Aug 05, 2021 1:26 pm

    GarryB wrote:You know droughts usually end with floods...

    Yes, but sometimes droughts can last a long time. I was a kid in the 1950's drought in Texas, and I remember it. I also remember when it started raining.



    Texas A&M Study: 21st Century ‘Mega-Drought’ Could Be State’s Driest In Last 1000 Years

    TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas’ future climate will feature drier summers and decreasing water supplies for much of the state for the remainder of the 21st century – likely resulting in the driest conditions the state has endured in the last 1,000 years, according to a team of researchers led by a Texas A&M University professor.

    Using what researchers call the most advanced climate models, the team projected drought conditions and relevant information for stakeholders like agricultural producers, large surface water suppliers, small groundwater water districts and regional water planning districts.


    Regents Professor John Nielsen-Gammon, director of the Texas Center for Climate Studies and the Texas State Climatologist, said data shows Texas was much wetter 10-15,000 years ago coming out of the last Ice Age. Since then, the state’s climate has mostly been similar to today’s, with the exception of some wetter and drier periods. In the past thousand years, there were multiple decades of extended drought periods called “megadroughts” – something Texas will likely see through the end of the century.

    “Our study shows that the drier conditions expected in the latter half of the 21st century could be drier than any of those megadroughts, depending on how you measure dryness,” Nielsen-Gammon said.

    Nielsen-Gammon and colleagues from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, the University of Oklahoma, NASA and others recently had their work published in the Earth’s Future.

    Texas policy makers have developed water projections and conservation plans for decades, but these fall short in many areas, the study concluded.

    The drought of the 1950s is still considered the “drought of record” and remains the most severe in Texas in the past 125 years. But current water plans do not take into consideration likely declines in Texas’ water supply due to future climate change.


    https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2020/07/08/texas-am-study-hotter-and-drier-mega-drought-1000-years/

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