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‘Dustbowl Britain’ – Drought Will Lead to Crop Failures and Higher Food Prices

By David Derbyshire – “The near-drought that has created dustbowl conditions in parts of Britain is expected to stretch into June and crop failures look set to drive up the price of food.

The Met Office forecasts a fortnight of warm, mostly dry weather from this weekend, scuppering the hopes of gardeners and farmers desperate for rain.

In East Anglia the soil is as hard as concrete, while in Essex some farmers have seen only half an inch of rain since February. The parched conditions have provoked fears of hosepipe bans, forest fires and food price rises.” Read more.

What will happen if there is a drought? – “Water agencies and authorities have been meeting the government to discuss plans for dealing with a drought in the UK. After the hottest April for over 100 years, and provisionally the warmest April in central England for more than 350 years, levels in many rivers and reservoirs are below average.” Read more.

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