Interesting drought happening in China.
Note in particular at 9:40 (showing halted wind turbines too ;-) where they cover the loss of power generation, 12:00 or so where they talk about Apple devices and others likely to suffer shutdown of assembly, and 12:40 where they talk about lithium and lithium batteries. The Lithium Salt refining issue causing a shortage of Lithium Batteries. That’s gonna hurt.. Crop shortages / losses along with industrial closures from too little water. .
This also, oddly enough, increases the risk of China invading Taiwan. Why? Well, one of the big issues with the 3 Gorges Dam is that IF it were blown up, a massive flood would take out just about everything to the sea AND cut off the major troop concentration (inland) from transport, that’s on the other side of the area that would be flooded. That risk / danger is gone now what with the reservoir approaching Dead Pool…
71 years ago is 1951, a time of cooling into the “New Ice Age Scare” of the late 1960s into early 1970s.
Yangtze river in worse condition (17 minutes):
157 years ago is 1865, also a cold time. So my take on this is that entering a cooling period, a drought band shows up that covers the South West of the USA, and also the middle of China. I don’t know if it is just a movement of the rain band or a global reduction of precipitation. (Dig Here!)
Sichuan has shut off exterior lighting, street lights, A/C and more.
So looks like a lot more “supply chain” issues are going to show up.
China is clearly “having issues”…
My guess on what is going on is that overall lower ocean heating leads to less water evaporation. Less water in the air and less rain causes land temperatures to go up and show “heating”, but the reality is global cooling mostly in the oceans.
That’s my theory anyway. Needs some data and proving up… Also need to check for “just a move of the rain band” by looking for a band of flooding just north or south of the drought bands.
In any case, look for China to be buying up food stocks in the global market. Smithfield is the biggest pork producer in the USA and is owned by China, so look for them to export pigs to China and for your bacon and pork prices to rise as a result. Also might be a good time to put that SPAM and Rice Bag in your larder.