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2010-03-31 05:13:44

On Tuesday, weather experts said that El Nino has peaked and would probably disappear by mid-year. "The most likely outcome by mid-year 2010 is for the El Nino event to have decayed and near-neutral conditions to be re-established across the tropical Pacific," World Meteorological Organization expert Rupa Koumar Kolli told the AFP news agency. El Nino is a weather anomaly that wrecks havoc around the Pacific and east Africa.  It is an occasional seasonal warming of the central and...

2010-03-30 14:21:48

Nations of the Greater Mekong Subregion need to 'rethink' their agricultural industries to meet future food needs, given the social shifts and climate changes that are forecast for the coming decades. With better farming practices, and by managing agriculture within the wider context of natural ecosystems, nations could boost production and increase the wealth and resilience of poor people in rural communities. Demand for food is forecast to double by 2050, as populations swell and people's...

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2010-03-30 08:35:00

Evidence suggests changing environment can bring down a civilization Decades of drought, interspersed with intense monsoon rains, may have helped bring about the fall of Cambodia's ancient Khmer civilization at Angkor nearly 600 years ago, according to an analysis of tree rings, archeological remains and other evidence. The study, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may also shed light on what drives"”and disrupts"”the rainy season...

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2010-02-21 08:06:50

University of Miami Professor Joe Prospero shared findings at AAAS Residents of the southern United States and the Caribbean have seen it many times during the summer months"”a whitish haze in the sky that seems to hang around for days. The resulting thin film of dust on their homes and cars actually is soil from the deserts of Africa, blown across the Atlantic Ocean. Now, there is new evidence that similar dust storms in the arctic, possibly caused by receding glaciers, may be making...

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2010-02-08 08:30:00

According to scientists on Sunday, a drought that has been ongoing in the southwestern region of Australia for more than 30 years has been linked to higher snowfall in East Antarctica, a phenomenon that may be tied to global warming. The southwestern drought, where rainfall has declined 15 to 20 percent in recent years, is very unusual when compared to normal activity over the past 750 years, researchers Tas van Ommen and Vin Morgan of the Australian Antarctic Division told AFP. In a report...

2010-02-05 20:14:00

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- California American Water is continuing the call for water conservation by urging all of its Los Angeles County customers to turn off outdoor irrigation systems as rain storms are predicted to return to the region this weekend. The oncoming storms will cut the need for outdoor watering. Given the forecast, California American Water is asking customers to leave their sprinklers and other irrigation systems turned off for at least seven days after...

2010-02-05 19:53:00

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- California American Water is continuing the call for water conservation by urging all of its San Diego County customers to turn off outdoor irrigation systems as rain storms are predicted to return to the region this weekend. The oncoming storms will cut the need for outdoor watering. Given the forecast, California American Water is asking customers to leave their sprinklers and other irrigation systems turned off for at least seven days...

2010-01-19 12:38:04

Computer simulations for drought-prone areas reveal that when urban water planners combine three approaches of buying water -- permanent rights, options and leases -- the city avoids surplus water and high costs, and reduces shortages, according to civil engineers. "Just like with stock portfolios, if you buy diverse stocks, you diversify your risk," said Patrick Reed, associate professor of civil engineering, Penn State. "Right now, cities don't necessarily diversify their risk through the...

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2009-11-20 14:10:01

El Nino has caused devastating drought damage across Latin America this year, resulting in a massive food crisis in Guatemala and water cuts in Venezuela, AFP reported. An El Nino, which is an occasional seasonal warming of central and eastern Pacific waters, occurs on average every two to five years and upsets normal weather patterns across the globe. While they usually last around 12 months, El Nino reappeared once again in June and Guatemalan authorities blamed it for the nation's worst...

2009-11-18 08:00:00

LONDON, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women bear the disproportionate burden of climate change, but have so far been largely overlooked in the debate about how to address problems of rising seas, droughts, melting glaciers and extreme weather, concludes The State of World Population 2009, released today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. "Poor women in poor countries are among the hardest hit by climate change, even though they contributed the least to it," says UNFPA...


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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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