7. CALIFORNIA FACES ‘EPOCHAL’ DROUGHT
As England fights floods, California is facing a drought – the worst the state has endured since the 16th century. Climatologists are describing the drought as “epochal”. Farming communities are being hit hard by the conditions, with unemployment surging from 34% towards 50% in some areas. "This is a big economic disaster, it just happens to be slow moving,” said one farmer.