Food Jeopardy

Paul’s high school yearbook photo.  Reminds
editor of a similarly toned famous school photo

Food, Glorious Food. Never Before Has Earth Needed More: Part 1 of 2 // May 30, 2019

Planting of corn, wheat, soy, etc. has been severely delayed by flooding over vast regions of the most productive farmland in the U.S., and what has been planted is not growing well:

  • There is simply too much water on the surface and in the saturated soils.
  • A huge and persistent trough of the jet stream has been stuck over the central US all spring (and last winter)
  • Bringing associated low pressure and thus storms with fire-hose like precipitation deluged,
  • As well as tornadoes galore.

I chat about the clear and present danger of global food shortages and price explosion.
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Global Food Supply Disruption from Abrupt Climate Change: Part 2 of 2 // May 30, 2019

U.S. farmers are at wits end; livelihoods on the line, as they wait for persistent torrential rains to stop, and for fields to dry out enough for planting. They’re posting images of their soggy, submerged fields on Twitter under the hashtags #noplant19, #plant19, #corn, #wheat, #soy, #food… to name the main ones.

Crops aren’t great in Australia, parts of Canada, Europe, Russia, and China due variously to drought, heat, floods, bugs, etc..; most root causes being climate disruption. I chat about the “Clear and Present Danger” of global food shortages and price explosion.
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Please let us know, if this is too many tweets. On this particular occasion, JUST WAY, WAY too many great ones to say completely no to! An exception today, pls:

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About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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1 Response to Food Jeopardy

  1. Val says:

    I just read last night that China is expected to bring in a record soybean crop (unless the armyworm) gets it. And that Russia is expected to bring in its second highest wheat crop.


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