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Amid 19-Year Drought, States Sign Deal to Conserve Colorado River Water
John Schwartz, The New York Times

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Amid 19-Year Drought, States Sign Deal to Conserve Colorado River Water
John Schwartz, The New York Times
1829: Major Drought in Western Australia

This drought was so extreme that it nearly destroyed all agriculture in
western Australia forcing settlers to traverse long distances for water
and pastures for their flocks.

What Were The CO2 Levels In 1829? < 285ppm


The 1850 Severe Drought in Australia

Lack of winter rains was the main factor in the 1850 Australian drought
resulting in major livestock losses across inland New South Wales and
around the western river region. It was considered one of the most
disastrous droughts in Australia in the nineteenth century.

What Were The CO2 Levels In 1850? < 285ppm


The Extreme 1888 Australian Droughts

In 1888 Australia went through some of its most extreme dry days.
Victoria, Tasmania, and New South Wales had the driest year since records
started being kept, while Queensland had a severe drought as well, with
much native scrub dying and native animals perishing. South Australia had
one of its most severe droughts as well and Western Australia, mainly the
central agricultural areas, lost many sheep.

What Were The CO2 Levels In 1888? < 295ppm


The 1902 Australian Federation Drought

During the severe, Australia-wide 1902 Federation Drought, the total sheep
population dropped to fewer than fifty-four million from more than one
hundred million sheep in 1891. Also, cattle numbers fell by more than
forty percent. It was around 1925 before the sheep numbers reached the
hundred-million mark again.

What Were The CO2 Levels In 1902? < 297ppm


1888: Horn of Africa Famine

Just as the region is experiencing a devastating famine in the twenty-
first century, the Horn of Africa experienced a deadly drought and famine
in 1888 that was mainly caused by an extreme lack of rainfall. Over one
million reportedly died during that time in Ethiopia, Sudan, and Somalia.

What Were The CO2 Levels In 1888? < 295ppm


The Deccan Famine of 1630-32

After three consecutive crop failures and continuous droughts that took
place in India, the Deccan Famine of 1630-32 was one of the worst in the
country. More than two million died during this time.

What Were The CO2 Levels In 1632? < 285ppm


The 17th-century Sahel Droughts

The Sahel droughts were a series of some of the most extreme droughts in
recorded history, beginning in at least the seventeenth century and
affecting the Sahel region, a climate zone sandwiched between the African
Savannah to the south and the Sahara Desert to the north, across West and
Central Africa. The famine that followed the severe droughts killed
thousands of people and affected the lives of millions for many decades.

What Were The CO2 Levels In the 1600s? < 285ppm


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