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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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2009-05-06 08:14:01

If 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 Research.

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.

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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.

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.


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Desertification
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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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upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
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The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.