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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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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...


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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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