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2009-07-01 01:06:32

Researchers say baldcypress trees in central Texas provide a record of past weather and clues to the region's future. Malcolm Cleaveland of the University of Arkansas and his team have been taking cores from the trees that show the rings, the Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday.

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.

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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.

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.

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2009-05-27 07:20:00

NASA is cultivating the most accurate estimates of soil moisture – the main determinant of crop yield changes – and improving global forecasts of how well food will grow at a time when the world is confronting shortages.

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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.

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.

2009-05-07 12:04:16

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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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