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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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2011-06-06 15:39:59

Observations major step in improving forecasts of weather extremes such as floods and droughts Moisture and heat fluctuations from the land surface to the atmosphere form a critical nexus between surface hydrology and atmospheric processes, especially those relevant to rainfall. While current theory has suggested that soil moisture has had a positive impact on precipitation, there have been very few large-scale observations of this. A team of researchers from Columbia Engineering, Geophysical...

2011-05-22 00:02:19

This indispensable new book reveals what the future of humanity and your grandchildren may be like if we do not curtail global warming. By 2084, higher temperatures, rising seas, floods, droughts, famine, disease, and wars, including nuclear wars, have caused the worst devastation in human history, as though every catastrophe of the last 2,000 years has happened at once. No one escapes the consequences of the Great Warming. (PRWEB) May 21, 2011 This indispensable new book reveals what the...

2011-05-11 16:47:28

VIB/UGent researchers have unveiled a mechanism that can be used to develop crop varieties resistant to mild droughts. For years, improving drought tolerance has been a major aim of academic and industrial research, thereby focusing on effects of extreme drought stress. However, translating this research to the field has proven to be problematic. In a set of papers in Nature Biotechnology and the Plant Cell, the team of Dirk Inz© at the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent now...

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2011-05-10 11:55:00

April 2011 was an extreme climate month of historic flooding, a record-breaking tornado outbreak and devastating wildfire activities in much of the United States, scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDD) say. The monthly analysis provided by NOAA, based on records that date back to 1895, showed that the average U.S. temperature in April was 52.9 degrees F, which is 0.9 degrees F above the long-term average (1901-200); and the precipitation was 0.7 inches above the long-term...


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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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