Gallery: New Zealand Suffering Worst Drought in 30 Years


New Zealand’s lush green scenery brought Lord of the Rings to life – but lately the country has been facing a plight far worse than any sorcerer’s curse. The North Island of New Zealand is experiencing the worst drought it has seen in 30 years. The damage to the country’s vegetation is so bad that it can be seen from space, and satellite images show areas that have turned brown from lack of water. The capital of Wellington has only 18 days of water remaining, and parts of the South Island could soon be hit.

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  1. Eddie Lutz March 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    This follows a familiar pattern: Humans move in, cut all the trees down, turning the land into grazeland which soon turns to desert, forcing the humans to die out or move elsewhere and repeat the cycle. When will we ever learn?

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