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  1. Drought Threatens the Nation’s Food Supply

    Groundwater use in California “practically defines the term unsustainable,” says a California hydrologist. Some fields in the once-lush Central Valley have dropped 30 feet as all the water is sucked from beneath them. Dust clouds obscure the snow-starved Sierra Nevada Mountains that normally trickle water through the summer. Even though it’s only 2 percent of the nation’s farmland, the valley produces half of U.S. fruits and nuts by value. After three years of thirst in California, hunger elsewhere is sure to follow.

    National Geographic, Medium

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