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2009-06-03 08:30:40

A new study by researchers from the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the United Kingdom's Waen Associates has found that by 2050, hotter conditions, coupled with shifting rainfall patterns, could make anywhere from 500,000 to one million square kilometers of marginal African farmland no longer able to support even a subsistence level of food crops. However, the land, on which some 20 to 35 million people currently live, may still support livestock.Boosting...

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2009-05-29 13:29:13

Climate change can have devastating effects on endangered species, but new mathematical models may be able to aid conservation of a population of bighorn sheep. The effects of a changing climate on a population of bighorn sheep can be mathematically predicted, as described in a recent paper recommended by Faculty of 1000 Biology members Barry Brook and Lochran Traill. Researchers from Germany, the US, and Mexico studied a population of bighorn sheep introduced to Tiburon island, Mexico, in...

2009-05-29 12:06:39

Scientists say they're studying bighorn sheep on an island off the coast of Mexico to determine the effects of climate change on endangered species. The sheep, brought to Tiburon Island in 1975, are not at risk from disease or predators, said Barry Brook, a researcher with Faculty of 1000, a London-based cooperative of international scientists. Climate change is the only variable threat to the sheep, making them good subjects for a mathematical model aimed at predicting the effects of such...

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2009-05-28 10:59:49

Britain's Prince Charles said in a London speech preserving the world's rainforests is the key to fighting climate change. Speaking at the Nobel Laureate Symposium at St. James Palace in London Wednesday, the prince said preserving rainforests should be vital to any attempts to combat climate change, The Times of London said. Solving climate change is a precondition to ensuring security, and without adequately addressing tropical deforestation we cannot have an answer to climate change,...

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2009-05-27 07:20:00

Soil moisture is essential for seeds to germinate and for crops to grow. But record droughts and scorching temperatures in certain parts of the globe in recent years have caused soil to dry up, crippling crop production. The falling food supply in some regions has forced prices upward, pushing staple foods out of reach for millions of poor people. NASA researchers are using satellite data to deliver a kind of space-based humanitarian assistance. They are cultivating the most accurate...

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2009-05-24 16:40:00

State media said on Sunday that close to 330,000 people in central China are to be evicted from their homes due to a reservoir being built that will form part of a massive water diversion project. Zhang Jiyao, head of the project, said that over two-thirds of the people in Hubei and Henan provinces would be relocated to 50 nearby counties and cities. It was not said where the remaining 100,000 would be placed to make way for the Danjiangkou Reservoir, which is part of the...

2009-05-22 14:20:29

A Mount Serano, Calif., man says his 20,000-gallon rooftop rain-harvesting system prepares him for a number of emergencies, including earthquakes. What if there is an earthquake and what if the drought continues? Jerry Block said. At least I will have water for my family and neighbors. Rainwater can also be used for fire suppression, irrigation, car washing and keeping his swimming pool filled, Block said. California is in the third year of a drought and trying to manage from a water supply...

2009-05-07 12:04:16

U.S. and Swiss scientists say unusual atmospheric circulation might have caused the 1930s Dust Bowl and could also be responsible for other droughts. The researchers from the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science in Zurich, Switzerland; the Observatory and World Radiation Center in Davos, Switzerland, and the U.S. National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., said they used historical upper air data, reconstructions and model simulations to analyze atmospheric circulation during...

2009-05-06 08:14:01

The challenge of meeting future water needs under the impacts of climate change and rapidly growing human demands for water may be less bleak than widely portrayed a team of Swedish and German scientists saysIf the overall water resources in river basins were acknowledged and managed better, future food crises could be significantly reduced, say researchers from Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, Stockholm Environment Institute and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact...

2009-05-01 09:00:00

DAVIS, Calif., May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist, Ed Burton, is expanding a previously announced drought assistance program to $3 million. Four additional counties have been added to the program and all eligible counties will now have until May 22, 2009 to apply. The four new counties include: Santa Cruz, Siskiyou, Solano and Ventura. Farmers and ranchers in designated counties with extreme or severe drought conditions,...


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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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