Governments falling short in drought fight, UN says

Mar 07, 2013
Animal footprints are visible in dry and cracked mud on the bank of the half-full Bewl water reservoir in Kent on April 5, 2012. Governments worldwide are failing to do enough to tackle drought, which lacks the headline-making punch of a hurricane but can have an equally devastating human and economic impact, the UN weather agency warn.

Governments worldwide are failing to do enough to tackle drought, which lacks the headline-making punch of a hurricane but can have an equally devastating human and economic impact, the UN weather agency warned Thursday.

"A or hurricane is over within hours or days. A can last weeks, months, a season, a year. But droughts can cause as many deaths over time as any other natural disaster," said Robert Stefanski, head of World Meteorological Organisation's (WMO) agriculture division.

Droughts in recent years have struck regions ranging from the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, China, India, Mexico and Brazil to the United States, Russia and southeastern Europe.

Droughts are estimated to affect tens of millions of people and cause tens of billions of dollars in every year.

They are expected to increase in frequency, area and intensity due to , yet effective policies are missing, the WMO said.

"Drought, as opposed to any other natural disaster like floods or frost or whatever, is a very slow, creeping phenomenon," said Mannava Sivakumar, who runs the WMO's and adaptation division.

"People think, let's wait and see what happens. But that's the danger in drought. If you keep on saying let's wait and see what happens, before you realise it, you see crops dying, dying, millions of dollars in damage," he told reporters.

The WMO and other UN agencies have convened a meeting in Geneva next week in a drive to get governments to rethink how they handle the problem.

Worldwide, only Australia has a national drought policy requiring different parts of its administration to work together to tackle the issue, the WMO said.

"Often governments don't have any plan in place and then after droughts come, it's a reactive approach, the reaction starts, a lot of donor money pours in," said Sivakumar.

It makes far more sense, he said, to take advantage of advances in forecasting science, which provide early warning of whether a drought is looming well before it is obvious on the ground.

That enables farmers to adapt the crops they sow, for example, or officials to model a targeted aid effort.

Even in poor countries, communications technology enables warnings to be spread quickly, with mobile telephones having massive potential.

"In India, we have 500 million farmers, and almost 400 million of them have mobile phones," said Sivakumar.

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ScooterG
1.5 / 5 (8) Mar 07, 2013
The UN qualifies as a (Vonnegut) granfaloon. I think a 90-day eviction notice is in order.
VendicarE
3.7 / 5 (3) Mar 07, 2013
Conservative Americans hate the U.N. because the U.N. so often identifies America's illegal campaigns of mass murder as the war crimes that they are.
ScooterG
1.5 / 5 (8) Mar 07, 2013
Conservative Americans hate the U.N. because the U.N. so often identifies America's illegal campaigns of mass murder as the war crimes that they are.


Wrong...Conservative Americans hate the U.N. because the majority of U.N. members basically do two things:

1) Bitch and complain about everything America and

2) Stand there with their hand out waiting for America to (financially) bail them out.
VendicarE
5 / 5 (3) Mar 07, 2013
In the news today...

The United Nations Children Fund, or UNICEF, is accusing Israel of systematically abusing Palestinian children in military custody. In a new report, UNICEF says Israeli forces have subjected detained Palestinian youths to "to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" as defined by the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

Was this covered on Faux?
VendicarE
4 / 5 (4) Mar 07, 2013
ScooTard suffers from a common delusion among Republicans.

"Stand there with their hand out waiting for America to (financially) bail them out." - ScooTard

The fact of the matter is that on a per capita basis, America is the least generous first world nation on earth.

America's foreign Aid budget is essentially ZERO.

ScooterG
1.4 / 5 (9) Mar 08, 2013
Wikipedia lists US foreign aid for 2011 at $49.5 Billion. You call that "essentially zero"???

National review on line lists the US support of the UN at $7.7 Billion for 2010.

Just think how many AGW research whores/bogus climate change studies we could fund with that money?

deepsand
2.3 / 5 (9) Mar 08, 2013
Scooter obviously has a thing for whores.
VendicarE
5 / 5 (3) Mar 08, 2013
"Wikipedia lists US foreign aid for 2011 at $49.5 Billion. " - ScooterG

Which includes Military aid (in purchasing American weapons),
17 billion

Department of Defense Security assistance
1 billion

State department assistance in complying with American anti-piracy goals.

1 billion

Military assistance for Narcotics Control

2.8 billion

So we subtract 22 billion leaving less than 27 billion for real aid.

Roughly 0.2 percent of the U.S. economy.

As I said. Virtually ZERO.

VendicarE
4.2 / 5 (5) Mar 08, 2013
ScooTard is a whore.

"Scooter obviously has a thing for whores." - Deepsand

He is the whore of Satan.

http://www.youtub...GjPLD3ZI

VendicarE
5 / 5 (2) Mar 08, 2013
It is time for the U.N. ger out of the U.S. and the U.S. ger out of existence.

"National review on line lists the US support of the UN at $7.7 Billion for 2010." - ScooTard

Pay your dues, or you won't keep your Veto on the U.N. security council and be able to assist Israel in it's campaign of genocide against the Palestinian people.

ScooterG
1 / 5 (4) Mar 09, 2013
"Wikipedia lists US foreign aid for 2011 at $49.5 Billion. " - ScooterG

Which includes Military aid (in purchasing American weapons),
17 billion

Department of Defense Security assistance
1 billion

State department assistance in complying with American anti-piracy goals.

1 billion

Military assistance for Narcotics Control

2.8 billion

So we subtract 22 billion leaving less than 27 billion for real aid.

Roughly 0.2 percent of the U.S. economy.

As I said. Virtually ZERO.



Vendi-whiner says: "real aid".

LMAO. Just like a liberal - there's never enough of other people's money.
deepsand
2.1 / 5 (9) Mar 09, 2013
"Wikipedia lists US foreign aid for 2011 at $49.5 Billion. " - ScooterG

Which includes Military aid (in purchasing American weapons),
17 billion

Department of Defense Security assistance
1 billion

State department assistance in complying with American anti-piracy goals.

1 billion

Military assistance for Narcotics Control

2.8 billion

So we subtract 22 billion leaving less than 27 billion for real aid.

Roughly 0.2 percent of the U.S. economy.

As I said. Virtually ZERO.



Vendi-whiner says: "real aid".

LMAO. Just like a liberal - there's never enough of other people's money.

Non sequitur.

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