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2011-08-24 16:27:10

  Drought simulator will enable in-depth testing under real-world conditions Historically, droughts have had devastating effects on agriculture, causing famine and increasing consumer food costs. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) have completed two drought simulators designed to test the effects of water deficiency on crops. The simulators are located at the University of Missouri´s Bradford Research and...

2011-08-23 18:08:00

As hunger spreads among more than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa, a study by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) of the response to Kenya's last devastating drought, in 2008-2009, finds that investments aimed at increasing the mobility of livestock herders — a way of life often viewed as "backward" despite being the most economical and productive use of Kenya's drylands — could be the key to averting future food crises in arid lands. The report, "An...

2011-08-05 14:27:00

Below-Normal Rainfall Leads to Water Deficits HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection today issued a drought warning for four Pennsylvania counties and a drought watch for 40 counties. "With the hot, dry summer, our statewide monitoring network indicates a need to take this first step, which is aimed at alerting the public and water suppliers that it makes sense to take some voluntary common sense steps to conserve," DEP...

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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...

2011-07-28 11:13:00

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross today announced a pledge of up to $1 million for the evolving humanitarian crisis in eastern Africa, continuing its history of support to the region. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) With 2011 classified as the driest year on record in the eastern Horn of Africa, the health, livelihoods and food security of millions of Somalis, Ethiopians and Kenyans are at serious risk. "The need...

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2011-07-23 06:04:54

Drought in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti is pushing tens of thousands of people from their homes as millions face food insecurity in a crisis visible from space. ESA's SMOS satellite shows that the region's soil is too dry to grow crops. Somalis, who already face war in their country, have been fleeing to neighboring countries in search of refuge. In Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp, for example, over 1000 people "“ mostly children "“ arrive daily, severely dehydrated and...

2011-07-14 16:20:00

BALTIMORE, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the danger of widespread famine in the Horn of Africa increasing daily, Lutheran World Relief is rushing $500,000 for an immediate response to this unfolding humanitarian crisis. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110714/DC35722LOGO) More than 10 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti are at grave risk of famine as the worst drought in the region in 60 years wears on. "Rains have largely failed for the...

2011-07-08 15:46:00

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations working abroad, are responding to the massive humanitarian crisis occurring in the Horn of Africa. The UN is estimating that as many as 10 million people are struggling with food and water shortages, acute malnutrition and mass displacement. Increasing food prices, ongoing conflict and limited humanitarian access combined with...

2011-06-30 00:00:29

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Desertification
2013-04-02 09:46:56

Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a comparatively dry land area becomes more and more arid, normally losing its bodies of water along with its wildlife and vegetation. This is a result of a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is an important global, ecological, and environmental issue. There is substantial controversy over the proper definition of the term “desertification”. The most broadly accepted of these is that of...

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