DroughtWatch: No change for the Golden State

The United States Drought Monitor released their maps early this week, opting for today instead of the usual Thursday release because of the Thanksgiving holiday:

BLOG Drought

Chart of the day: Fiery year in the Golden State

From the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, dramatic evidence of the environmental havoc wrought by the state’s ongoing drought:

BLOG Fires

Map of the day: Soil moisture content in U.S.

From NASA’s Earth Observatory:


Headline of the day III: Catastrophic alarms

From the anything-but-alarmist Los Angeles Times:

El Niño may trigger floods, famine and sickness in much of the world

Chart of the day II: Educational [un]attainment

Education at a Glance 2015: OECD Indicators [PDF], just published by the The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development:

Percentage of 25-34 year-olds with attainment below upper secondary education (2014)

Percentage of 25-34 year-olds with attainment below upper secondary education (2014)

Yet another tragic American distinction

From the American Civil Liberties Union:

There’s Only One Country That Hasn’t Ratified the Convention on Children’s Rights: US

We find ourselves commemorating yet another anniversary for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most comprehensive human rights treaty on children’s rights and notably the most widely ratified treaty since its introduction over 25 years ago. The treaty has been ratified by every country with one notable exception — the United States, which never even sent it to the Senate for consent and approval.

Until this year, the United States was one of three countries — the other two being Somalia and South Sudan — that had failed to ratify the CRC. And while it was embarrassing enough to be in this limited company, this year, our fellow outliers ratified the convention.

So now we’re completely on our own.

R. Cobb: Hungering for the true faith

Another strangely timely editorial cartoon from R. Cobb, this time a 1970 offering from the late Los Angeles Free Press: