Superstorms and Scorchers: #9 Drought

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Thousands of farmers filed crop insurance claims in 2012 as drought and triple-digit temperatures burnt up much of the corn belt. (Nati Harnik/AP Photo)

The continued worst drought in a generation is pushing food prices up and leaving scientists to conclude the world may be forced to go vegetarian by 2050. The drought kept U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack busy: The man in charge of America's forestry and fisheries admitted that the drought had him literally down on his knees, praying for rain. "If I had a rain prayer or a rain dance I could do, I would do it," he said.

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