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2009-02-28 10:55:00

With almost $3 billion in economic losses from below-normal rainfall this year, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state emergency on Friday due to drought, and is even considering mandatory water rationing, Reuters reported. State officials called the current drought the most expensive ever, saying as many as 95,000 agricultural jobs will be lost, communities will be devastated and some growers in the most economically productive farm state are simply not able to plant...

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2009-02-10 06:55:00

Forests in the Amazon could be less susceptible to global warming than originally thought because rainfall predictions were underestimated, a study stated. According to Reuters, the report, released by British scientists, wants Brazil and other nations to do something to help prevent any permanent drying of the eastern Amazon, the area the vulnerable to climate change, deforestation and fires. "The rainfall regime in eastern Amazonia is likely to shift over the 21st century in a direction...

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2009-02-09 12:00:00

The latest series of wildfires to hit Australia appeared to be intensified due to climate change, scientists reported on Monday. Australia is prone to massive wildfires due to its dry climate and naturally combustible vegetation, including oil-rich eucalyptus forests, according to the nation's Bureau of Meteorology. However, the wildfires that struck Victoria over the weekend were the nation's deadliest on record, and scientists believe climate change is to blame. "Climate change, weather...

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2009-02-09 06:15:00

The government of Kenya has declared a state of emergency due to a cruel drought that is starting to bite into east Africa's biggest economy. According to Reuters, the government claims 10 million people may face hunger and starvation after a poor harvest, crop failure, a lack of rain and rising food prices. The country's economy is recovering from last year's post-election violence and facing fallout from the global slowdown on export markets. The administration is appealing for...

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2009-02-04 16:36:01

A new study by researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) finds that warming and cooling cycles in the Indian Ocean may be responsible for Australia's major droughts. El Nino events in the Pacific Ocean have were previously thought responsible for the droughts, which over the past 120 years include the Federation drought (1895-1902), the World War Two drought (1937-1945), and the present drought (post-1995) -- the worst in 100 years.  However, the new research shows the...

2009-01-30 16:18:26

California is hovering near the worst drought in the state's history, officials said after reporting the Sierra Nevada snowpack is 61 percent of normal. California usually gets about 20 percent of its annual precipitation in January, but this year a string of dry, sunny days graced the state, reducing the anticipated precipitation, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The dry weather is occurring as the state's water system is pressured by an increasing population, an old infrastructure and...

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2009-01-30 12:52:10

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Thursday a new survey of California winter snows showed the most populous state is facing one of the worst droughts in its history. California produces about half of the United States' vegetables and fruit but is now in its third year of drought. Scientists said its main system supplying water to cities and farms may only be able to fulfill 15 percent of requests. A survey by the state Department of Water Resources shows that the snowpack on California's...

2009-01-28 12:01:00

HERSHEY, Pa., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania American Water announced today it has lifted drought watch restrictions in response to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) recent lifting of the drought watch declaration for 29 counties in western and north central Pennsylvania, citing improved groundwater and stream flow levels. DEP issued the drought watch on November 7, 2008, due to below normal rainfall condition, resulting in low stream flow levels over the...

2009-01-26 16:05:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmental Protection acting Secretary John Hanger lifted the drought watch declaration for 29 counties today in western and north central Pennsylvania citing improved groundwater and streamflow levels. The affected counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Potter,...

2009-01-22 08:52:19

Global grain markets are facing breaking point according to new research by the University of Leeds into the agricultural stability of China.Experts predict that if China's recent urbanisation trends continue, and the country imports just 5% more of its grain, the entire world's grain export would be swallowed whole.The knock-on effect on the food supply - and on prices - to developing nations could be huge.Sustainability researchers have conducted a major study into the vulnerability of...


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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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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
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