The way the world is – now!
There has been a wealth of information going past my ‘desk’ in the last couple of days that gives plenty of cause to worry. But I’m going to spend a few days mulling it all over rather than react in some ‘knee-jerk’ fashion.
However, a couple of stories caught my eye a few days ago on the BBC News website and seemed worthy of sharing with you.
The first was,
Mild drought caused Maya collapse in Mexico, Guatemala
Relatively mild drought conditions may have been enough to cause the collapse of the Classic Maya civilisation, which flourished until about AD950 in what is now southern Mexico and Guatemala.
Scientists have long thought that severe drought caused its collapse.
But Mexican and British researchers now think that a sustained drop in rainfall of only 25-40% was enough to exhaust seasonal water supplies in the region.
The findings were published in the journal Science.
The research was conducted by the Yucatan Centre for Scientific Research in southern Mexico and the University of Southampton in the UK.
Read the full news piece here.
The second piece published by the BBC within 24 hours went as follows,
Drought conditions in England ‘set to widen’
Ongoing dry weather over the spring and summer threatens to place more areas of England in a state of drought, the Environment Agency (EA) has warned.
It singled out parts of western, central and south western England and parts of south east Yorkshire.
The agency said time was running out for rain to restore groundwater levels before the new growing season begins.
Earlier this week the South East joined most of East Anglia in a state of official drought.
In parts of south-east England groundwater levels are lower than in the infamously dry summer of 1976.
Again, read the full article on the BBC website here.
And closer to home?
The historical (30-year average) precipitation for Payson up here in the Rim Country is 2.30 inches for January, and 2.41 inches for February. Today, February 29th 2012, we have had less than 0.5 inches for the whole of 2012 so far! Interesting times!