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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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2011-01-12 10:33:01

Scientists stated on Wednesday that global climate changes are a likely trigger of the recent intense monsoon rains that have resulted in the deadly flooding of the Australian state of Queensland. The Queensland floods have killed 16 people since the downpours started in December, inundating towns, crippling the coal mining industry, and now swamping the state's main city of Brisbane. One of the strongest La Nina patterns ever recorded is being blamed for the rain.  La Nina is a cooling...

2010-12-29 13:40:08

5 common green roof plants tested for optimal substrate, drought conditions Growing plants on rooftops is an old concept that has evolved from simple sod roofing to roof gardens and new, lightweight "extensive green roofs". Modern green roofs have environmental and social benefits; they can reduce stormwater runoff, improve air quality, mitigate urban heat, reduce the demand for air conditioning and greenhouse gas emissions, and provide habitat for birds and wildlife. Long-used in urban...

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...


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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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  • A stinking tobacco.
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