Monday, March 06, 2006

a free baked potato

Fire season coming early ... to SouthWest
The statistics in the Southwest read like a laundry list of bad news: Phoenix has been without rain for four months. Tucson is suffering through its driest winter on record, as is Albuquerque, N.M. Some Tucson homeowners have actually watered cactus plants to keep them alive.
While much of the West has above-average snowpack this year, Arizona and New Mexico have not been so lucky. Those states, along with parts of Alaska, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and California, are at above-normal risk for wildfires, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

To mention that areas as disparate as Great Britain and Kenya are also suffering drought might seem a bit gloomy, if accurate. Of course, with climate change, other areas get more than their share of rain and heavy weather.

If these trends continue, it is worth pondering where ones food actually comes from.

Do optimists shuck our corn?


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