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2011-08-01 07:10:00

Nearly 12 percent of the contiguous US land area experienced record drought in July, reaching the highest levels in the history of the US Drought Monitor, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL). The drought fell into the "exceptional" classification during the month of July, peaking at 11.96 percent on 12 July. That level had never been recorded in the 12-year history of the drought monitor, said Brian Fuchs, UNL assistant...

2011-06-20 10:04:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when our country's economy needs a shot in the arm and our federal government can no longer afford stimulus funds, American businesses stand ready to step up and inject $1 trillion trapped overseas by punitive federal tax law. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20040414/DUKEENERGYLOGO ) Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) alone has $1.2 billion held hostage overseas by a tax system that penalizes U.S. businesses that want to bring their...

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2011-04-04 20:27:28

Study of 27,000 trees shows early spring warming, summer drought as major factorsAn 18-year study of 27,000 individual trees by National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scientists finds that tree growth and fecundity--the ability to produce viable seeds--are more sensitive to climate change than previously thought.The results, published tomorrow in the journal Global Change Biology, identify earlier spring warming as one of several factors that affect tree reproduction and growth. They also...

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2011-02-23 08:35:59

University of Pittsburgh-led researchers extracted a 6,000-year climate record from a Washington lake that shows that the famously rain-soaked American Pacific Northwest could not only be in for longer dry seasons, but also is unlikely to see a period as wet as the 20th century any time soon. In a recent report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team linked the longer dry spells to the intensifying El Niño/La Niña climate...

2011-02-21 20:40:04

Unless action taken, the world's food supply could be endangered by climate change Climate change is already having an effect on the safety of the world's food supplies and unless action is taken it's only going to get worse, a Michigan State University professor told a symposium at this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Ewen Todd, an MSU professor of advertising, public relations and retailing, organized a session titled "How Climate Change Affects...

2011-01-26 18:20:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) believes that President Obama's decision to cut funding for community action programs will hinder, rather than help, our nation's economic recovery. During his State of the Union address President Obama singled out community action programs, saying, "This freeze will require painful cuts. I've proposed cuts to things I care deeply about, like community action programs."...

2011-01-13 10:21:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania has more jobs, safer infrastructure, greater energy independence, better schools and a clear path to economic stability because of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today before the regular public meeting of the state's Stimulus Oversight Commission. "During the recession, we made tough decisions to cut the budget and wisely invest Recovery Act funds in crucial education,...

2010-12-28 08:00:00

SEATTLE, Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Onvia (Nasdaq: ONVI), the leading provider of gBusiness solutions and the creator of the stimulus-tracking website Recovery.org, predicts that the government will remain a significant catalyst for economic recovery in the coming year as stimulus dollars continue to reach states and cities. This prediction, along with a report on the stimulus' impact in 2010, is included in Onvia's 2011 Government Market Outlook Report, released today. 2011...

2010-12-17 15:19:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 17, 2010/ PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Based on the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it has lifted drought watch declarations for 21 western counties. Watches were lifted today for Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland counties....

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2010-12-14 06:25:00

An unprecedented, decades-long combination of heat and drought could be headed to the Southwest United States sometime this century, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Arizona. The scientists reviewed previous studies of temperature changes and droughts in the region over the past 1,200 years, and concluded that a 60-year drought similar to the one that occurred during the 12th Century could be in our future. "Major 20th century droughts pale in comparison to...