CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 08, 1976
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(Studio) Drought struck US, Britain, East Germany and Europe this year; in US, shipping on Mississippi River interrupted as result. Question raised as to widespread droughts this year and possibilities of world's weather changing.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Report on droughts throughout world in recent years and effects they've had on food supply. Some people say problems have been solved by new agriculture technologies; scientists say that idea challenged by weather changes. [Climatologist Reid BRYSON - says no agriculture technology works without water.] Cause of droughts noted. Theories of scientists and climatologists vary with regard to explanation for new onset of drought but general agreement is that world is heading for period of climatic change. Scientists say research into climate should be stepped up and world food reserve program established. Effects of population growth and food production if world has 2 or 3 bad years in row explored. [California Representative George BROWN - says there ought to be food reserves, but so far all that's been done is talk.] Scientists say if climate is changing and food supplies cut, we could be gambling with famine and basic peace and order of world.
REPORTER: David Culhane