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2009-04-17 07:15:00

The kinds of devastating droughts that claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people in Africa's Sahel region in the 1960's and 70's may represent a normal natural occurrence rather than an anomaly, according to new research.  What's more, they may be but a foretaste of the catastrophic "Ëœmegadroughts' that have periodically rocked the region for thousands of year. The dry spells that have brought well-documented and well-publicized disaster to millions of Africans in the last...

2009-04-07 16:30:00

DAVIS, Calif., April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farmers and ranchers in designated counties with extreme or severe drought conditions may apply for assistance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in California until May 8, 2009. During the special 30-day sign up, NRCS will take applications for $2 million available for practices designed to protect soil and air quality in areas of fallowed fields, keep orchard trees alive, and protect natural resources on ranch and pasture...

2009-03-27 14:45:00

FRESNO, Calif., March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farmers in drought-stricken areas of California opting not to plant crops this year are being advised to leave their fields in "roughed up" condition to prevent soil loss due to wind erosion. Large portions of the state are currently classified by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska as experiencing severe or extreme drought. The potential for soil loss due to wind erosion in these areas could be as great as...

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2009-03-24 11:45:00

A 1918 El Nino event may have been much more intense than experts previously considered, according to new research. Ben Giese and his colleagues of Texas A&M University used computer models to show the 1918 El Nino was almost as strong as that of 1982/83 and 1997/98, which resulted in deaths, lost crops and infrastructure damage. An El Nino is associated with floods, droughts and major economic damage worldwide. It is the result of intense warming that extends over the tropical Pacific....

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2009-03-18 06:50:00

According to the 5th World Water Forum, nations should begin building defense systems to fight floods and drought which could be multiplying due to climate change. The group warned that water-related catastrophes are becoming more frequent and powerful.  Greenhouse gases are believed to be causing the problems. "Global warming is intensifying these disasters," said Avinash Tyagi, director of the climate and water department at the World Meteorological Organization, to the AFP. Tyagi...

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2009-03-13 13:25:00

In the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley, the most productive agriculture region anywhere in the world, almond farmer Marvin Meyers has moved into water banking.Meyers, who grows 8 million pounds of almonds for companies such as Hershey, bought land to collect water during wet years and recharge an aquifer.  The water authority then uses this supply for neighboring farmers, crediting Meyers to irrigate from a canal 15 miles away from his orchard.The move has cost Meyers $7 million...

2009-03-11 13:18:26

U.S. scientists say the only tornado to hit downtown Atlanta in recorded history may have formed because of previous rainfall in the drought-stricken area. On March 14, 2008, a tornado swept through downtown Atlanta, with 130 mile-per-hour winds. National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials said the event was so rare in an urban landscape that NASA funded a study to determine what weather and climatological conditions might have combined to cause such a storm. The Atlanta tornado,...

2009-03-11 09:45:41

Drought worries intensified as a U.S. meteorologist said January and February were the driest first two months of a year ever recorded in the United States. Richard Helm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told USA Today that the average rainfall in the United States during January and February was a sparse 2.69 inches, the lowest average since NOAA began keeping records in 1895. About 7 percent of the nation is considered to be in a drought, and while that pales to the...

2009-03-09 11:00:00

Company Applies for USDA Approval, Submissions in Key Import Markets to Follow ST. LOUIS, March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In keeping with its commitment to deliver innovations for agriculture, Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) announced today that it has completed regulatory submissions in the U.S. and Canada for the world's first biotech drought-tolerant corn product developed together with Germany-based BASF. The company applied for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval of its...

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2009-03-06 12:45:00

The Amazon is surprisingly sensitive to drought, according to new research conducted throughout the world's largest tropical forest. The 30-year study, published today in Science, provides the first solid evidence that drought causes massive carbon loss in tropical forests, mainly through killing trees. "For years the Amazon forest has been helping to slow down climate change. But relying on this subsidy from nature is extremely dangerous", said Professor Oliver Phillips, from the University...


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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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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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