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Lessons From Ancient Egypt On Climate and Drought
2012-08-16 16:13:14

Using Fossil Pollen to Augment Historical Records Ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt's Nile Delta document the region's ancient droughts and fires, including a huge drought 4,200 years ago associated with the demise of Egypt's Old Kingdom, the era known as the pyramid-building time. "Humans have a long history of having to deal with climate change," said Christopher Bernhardt, a researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey. "Along with other...

Mild Drought Linked To Collapse Of Maya Civilization
2012-02-24 09:29:31

The Classic Maya Civilization, which flourished from 250 AD to around 950 AD, may have collapsed due to relatively modest reductions in precipitation, according to a new study by Mexican and British researchers. The study, led by Professors Martín Medina-Elizalde of the Yucatan Center for Scientific Research in Mexico and Eelco Rohling of the University of Southampton in the UK, said the relatively mild drought of the Classic Mayan period was much like the conditions that are...

2012-01-26 12:12:23

A team at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena has designed a new method for calculating drought trends. Initial results suggest that by the year 2050 there could be a 15% increase compared to the droughts seen in 1990 in the Segura river basin. At the beginning of 2011, water levels in Spain's reservoirs reached an average of 77.83% of total capacity. However, the lack of rain last year has now reduced the average to 62.01%. The droughts that Spain experiences year on year are one of...

Southern Drought Expected To Continue
2012-01-17 14:03:08

Government scientists reported this month that the Southern drought that has led to $10 billion in crop and agricultural losses in 2011 will continue for at least the next three months. The drought is forecast to worsen and expand across the western United States as well. According to the recent Drought Monitor report, drought is forecasted to develop in a solid 2,500-mile stripe across the southern tier of the USA from California to Virginia. "There are fairly good odds that the...

2011-10-14 07:00:00

The Port of LA uses eCivis Grants Network to manage millions of dollars in project funding. Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) October 14, 2011 eCivis, the nationâs leading provider of grants management software, is pleased to announce that the Port of Los Angeles is using eCivis Grants Network: Tracking & Reporting to manage millions of dollars in grant funding. eCivisâ clients measure their success by increased competitive funding, streamlined processes, increased funding...

Severe Drought, Other Changes Can Cause Permanent Ecosystem Disruption
2011-10-14 04:31:21

An eight-year study has concluded that increasingly frequent and severe drought, dropping water tables and dried-up springs have pushed some aquatic desert ecosystems into “catastrophic regime change,” from which many species will not recover. The findings, just published in the journal Freshwater Biology, raise concerns that climate change, over-pumping of aquifers for urban water use, and land management may permanently affect which species can survive. The research was...

Texas Drought Could Persist For Years To Come
2011-09-30 10:58:42

A Texas forecaster said on Thursday that the drought in the state could continue for another nine years, according to a recent Reuters report. The Texas drought has already cost over $5 billion in damages to farmers and ranchers in the state. "It is possible that we could be looking at another of these multiyear droughts like we saw in the 1950s, and like the tree rings have shown that the state has experienced over the last several centuries," State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon...

2011-08-01 10:55:00

BALTIMORE, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Keeping Maryland on a steady diet of service cuts, without raising any revenues is not healthy for our future. A new report by the Maryland Budget & Tax Policy Institute outlines several revenue options that would solve the state's $1.1 billion shortfall for Fiscal Year 2013, which begins on July 1st 2012. To date, Maryland's primary response to the economic crisis has been to dramatically reduce state government spending. Since 2008,...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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