• July 26, 2012    

    The drought gripping the Midwest is affecting 88 percent of the country’s corn crop and will send food prices up next year, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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  • July 26, 2012  

    In other news Thursday, the Department of Agriculture announced it expects food prices will rise this year and next because of extreme drought conditions affecting large portions of the U.S. Also, the wife of an ousted official in China’s ruling Communist party was charged with murdering a British businessman. Continue reading

  • July 17, 2012    

    More than half of the continental United States was in moderate to extreme drought in June — including corn- and soybean-producing states — damaging crops and impacting prices at the grocery store. Continue reading

  • July 17, 2012  

    More than half of the country suffered drought in June, and farmers and their crops are taking a hard hit. David Beckmann of Bread for the World and Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center discuss how disappointing corn yields have larger economic consequences for the world’s hungriest people. Continue reading

  • July 10, 2012  

    As temperatures soared past 110 degrees in some states and thunderstorms pummeled the deep South, raising fears of flooding, a new report says climate change has likely influenced the odds of extreme weather. Judy interviews Thomas Karl, director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. Continue reading

  • July 6, 2012    

    Here at the NewsHour, the record heat has hit close to home. Our managing editor Tom Kennedy, for example, spent six of the last nine days of 95-degree-plus heat without power. The thermostat peaked at 90 degrees inside his Maryland … Continue reading

  • July 6, 2012  

    In other news Friday, the National Weather Service says it has logged more than 4,000 record-high temperatures in the past month. The current heat wave has produced deadly storms and knocked out power for thousands. Also, a senior member of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military has defected to France. Continue reading

  • July 5, 2012  

    Six days after fierce storms hit numerous mid-Atlantic states, more than 500,000 people still remained without power. Also, Pakistan reopened routes to Afghanistan after having closed them for seven months, and the first trucks rumbled through Thursday. Continue reading

  • July 4, 2012    

    NASA Earth Observatory released satellite images that show the power outages in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area that occurred as a result of a rare, fast-moving “derecho” thunderstorm system on Friday, June 29th. These images were taken with the day/night band … Continue reading

  • July 3, 2012  

    In the Midwest and the East, crews have been working for several days to return power to residents, where 24 people have died in extreme heat conditions. And in Colorado, the recovery from the devastating wildfires continues. Jeffrey Brown reports on efforts to tame fires and restore utilities. Continue reading