The Drylands en US drought: It's bad, but Stephen Colbert makes it funny <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Citing higher cheese prices, Colbert states it plainly: "This s**t just got real." </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas Mucha </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>There&#39;s not much to laugh about in the ongoing drought crisis now hitting much of the United States.</p> <p>The dry and hot conditions &mdash; which rival those of the Dust Bowl era &mdash; are at their worst in nearly a half-century.</p> <p>The US Department of Agriculture warned yesterday that the severe drought will lead to <a href="" target="_blank">higher prices</a> for pork, beef, milk and especially poultry.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Drylands Global Economy Macro Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:52:00 +0000 Thomas Mucha 5713355 at Food crisis: a new normal? <p>It&rsquo;s been called the worst drought in decades. As crops wither in the parched American heartland, prices of key grains &mdash; soy, corn and wheat &ndash; are soaring. But is hunger really new? GlobalPost asks a food security expert to put the crisis in perspective.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa The Drylands Americas United States Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 David Case 5713436 at Drought hits European grain production <p>IRSINA, Italy &mdash; Although conditions are far from nearing the dramatic situation in the US Midwest, the weather has dashed hopes that bumper yields in Europe would make up for shortages in America and arrest the growth of world grain prices.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> drought The Drylands Europe Global Economy Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:00:16 +0000 Paul Ames 5713449 at Chile suffers drought too Farmers of drought-stricken American, Chileans feel your pain. Swaths of Chile are suffering from an “intense and prolonged” drought that has parched the land and sapped water supplies in the South American country, Chile's Agriculture Ministry says.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Drylands Emerging Markets Chatter Chile Wed, 08 Aug 2012 20:55:00 +0000 Alex Leff 5715485 at El Nino is about to make food insecurity even worse <p>LIMA &mdash; With the US drought hiking global food prices, El Nino was the last thing the world needed. Meteorologists warn that the phenomenon, which sees unusually warm waters in the Pacific cause freak weather from California to Australia, is underway. Here&rsquo;s a look at what&rsquo;s happening.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Drylands Peru Global Economy India Science United States Thu, 16 Aug 2012 10:00:14 +0000 Simeon Tegel 5716134 at World food prices increase 10 percent in July Worldwide food prices increased by 10 percent in July, according to the World Bank. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Global Warming The Drylands Science Fri, 31 Aug 2012 16:47:00 +0000 Stacey Leasca 5717885 at