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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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2011-04-23 08:25:00

Europeans will most likely be praying for rain this Easter holiday weekend as much of the country is under the worst drought in more than a century, AFP reports.Many Europeans are fearful that a prolonged drought will impact already sky-high global food prices due to potential damage for the annual wheat harvest. Also devastating wild fires are a real danger.Many regions are being pressed to cancel traditional Easter fairs due to the risk of fires posed by the extremely dry weather affecting...

2011-03-11 14:08:50

Experts from 6 continents are set to produce policy recommendations for boosting food production in face of harsher climates, increasing populations, scarce resources Recent droughts and floods have contributed to increases in food prices. These are pushing millions more people into poverty and hunger, and are contributing to political instability and civil unrest. Climate change is predicted to increase these threats to food security and stability. Responding to this, the world's largest...

2011-03-04 00:43:00

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For years, people living in North Eastern Kenya have suffered drought- related calamities and their cries have often fallen on deaf ears. Thousands have died owing to scarcity of food, shortage of water and their livestock rotting to bare carcasses. The people of Takaba can now afford to smile as the Kenya Red Cross Society finally heeds their call. Takaba lies in the arid region of Mandera West district in North-Eastern Kenya. The harsh...

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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 14:42:14

Led by scientists at Woods Hole Research Center A new study released today in the EarlyView of Ecology Letters addresses forest productivity trends in Alaska, highlighting a shift in biomes caused by a warming climate. The findings, conducted by scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center and three other institutions based in Alaska and France, linked satellite observations with an extensive and unique tree-ring data set. Patterns observed support current hypotheses regarding increased...

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2011-02-04 06:30:00

A long-lasting drought that affected the Amazon Rain Forest last year was worse than the once-in-a-lifetime drought that the region suffered in 2005, and a team of British and Brazilian scientists say it may have a bigger impact on global warming than the US does in a year. The widespread drought has raised concerns about the rainforest's future as a major absorber of carbon emissions, the scientists said in a study released Thursday. Frequent severe dry spells like the ones in 2005 and...


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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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