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Article posted: 3/17/2013 7:05 AM

New Zealand suffering biggest drought in 30 years

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A drought in New Zealandís North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country's economy.

Associated Press/February 2013

John Rose stands Thursday in a field on his dairy farm near Carterton, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand's North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country's economy.

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Farmer Peter Brown walks Monday on the dry ground on his dairy farm near Ohinewai, New Zealand.

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A drought in New Zealand is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the nation's economy. On Friday, the government officially declared its most widespread drought in at least 30 years. Parts of the North Island are drier than they've been in 70 years and some scientists say the unusual weather could be a harbinger of climate change. There has been little significant rainfall in the northern and eastern parts of the country since October.
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    • A drought in New Zealandís North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy.
    • John Rose stands Thursday in a field on his dairy farm near Carterton, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy.
    • Farmer Peter Brown walks Monday on the dry ground on his dairy farm near Ohinewai, New Zealand.
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