August 2002: Severe to Moderate Drought in 37 States

 

 August 20, 2002 map prepared by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. Thirty-seven states as of August 20, 2002 are experiencing abnormally dry to exceptionally severe drought. In July 2002, all continental states had areas of drought for the first time since the National Drought Monitor began its maps in 1999.
August 20, 2002 map prepared by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. Thirty-seven states as of August 20, 2002 are experiencing abnormally dry to exceptionally severe drought. In July 2002, all continental states had areas of drought for the first time since the National Drought Monitor began its maps in 1999.

August 27, 2002 - This week in Johannesburg, South Africa, the largest United Nations Earth Summit ever convened is focused on how to sustain our deteriorating planet's environment. World leaders, including Tony Blair from Britain, will attend next week, but not the American president, George W. Bush. Not only is the United States government unwilling to participate with the other countries in setting timetables to cut back pollution and greenhouse gases, the specific words "global warming" are not even listed on the program's agenda of problems to be discussed, clearly someone's political decision.

 

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