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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...

2009-01-09 13:29:28

An expert warned Friday that Cyprus runs the risk of desertification by the end of this century as it feels the brunt of climate change and drought.Professor Manfred Lange, a geophysicist, said that studies project a rise in summer temperatures on the East Mediterranean Island of between two and four degrees this century, compared to the 1960 and 1990 reference periods."I think that there is a very definite potential for dramatically increasing desertification," said Lange, director of the...

2009-01-08 11:15:00

When extremes of drought and flood come in rapid succession, the extent of damage to vegetation may depend in part on the sequence of those events, according to a new study published in The American Naturalist.The study, which focused on tree species common to the Everglades in Florida, found that seedlings maintained higher growth rates and were less likely to die when subjected to drought first then flood, rather than vice versa. The findings could have significant implications for...

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2008-12-16 14:28:12

A draft environmental impact report will be issued soon for a proposed desalination plant on the Monterey Peninsula that is to open by end-2015, the California Public Utilities Commission said on Monday. California American Water Co wants to build its Coastal Water Project, planned to supply 11,730 acre-feet of water per year for public use, next to an existing power plant at Moss Landing in Monterey County. After a public comment period in February and March for the draft report, a final...

2008-12-11 07:00:00

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "We don't have to slaughter America's wild horses because their herds are supposedly too large; horses can actually help us improve lands that are suffering from drought," says Peter Holter, CEO and Executive Director of the international environmental non-profit Holistic Management International (HMI, www.holisticmanagement.org). His organization works on four continents with stewards of large land holdings to restore damaged lands to...

2008-11-20 19:48:56

A Texas A&M researcher said central Texas is suffering from extreme drought conditions that are expected to get worse during the next few months. Steve Quiring, a professor in the Department of Geography, said Austin is experiencing the sixth driest year ever recorded, with only 15 inches of rain this year -- half the normal year-to-date rainfall of 30 inches per year. (Hurricane) Ike didn't really make much of a dent in the drought, Quiring said Thursday in a release. And the outlook...


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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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