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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...

2008-10-14 15:00:14

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will hold a workshop in San Diego on October 21, 2008, to summarize current water conditions and preparations for the possibility that 2009 may be a dry year. The workshop is relocating to the North City Reclamation Facility from the originally announced City Administration Building. The workshop will still begin at 10 a.m. and end at approximately 2 p.m.; location information and the agenda are below. North City Reclamation...

2008-10-13 00:00:16

By Tanalee Smith The Associated Press SYDNEY, Australia - For farmer Malcolm Holm, water now is just like a new shovel or tractor - he has to buy it. The amount of water he is allowed to take from nearby Murrumbidgee River has dwindled to nothing for the past three years because of Australia's crippling drought. And so, except for rain he can catch and store himself, he needs to buy water for his 1,000 acres at Finley in New South Wales state, where he grows crops to feed his 600 dairy...

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2008-10-09 09:53:35

An anticipated increased incidence of climate-related extreme rainfall events in the Great Lakes region may raise the public health risk for the 40 million people who depend on the lakes for their drinking water, according to a new study. In a report published Tuesday (Oct. 7, 2008) in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a team of Wisconsin researchers reports that a trend toward extreme weather such as the monsoon-like rainfall events that occurred in many parts of the region this...

2008-10-06 12:00:22

U.S. scientists say whether another Great Plains 1930s-type "dust bowl" again develops depends on underground water storage depth. Recent modeling results show the depth of the water table, which results from lateral water flow at the surface and subsurface, determines the relative susceptibility of regions to changes in temperature and precipitation. "Groundwater is critical to understand the processes of recharge and drought in a changing climate," said Reed Maxwell, an atmospheric...


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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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