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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...

2008-10-03 12:00:12

By Matt Garfield / mgarfield@heraldonline.com A bailout plan of sorts for the fall planting season won approval Tuesday, clearing the way for homeowners in Rock Hill and much of York County to water their yards twice a week through November. The change takes effect immediately within city limits. Other jurisdictions that buy water from Rock Hill, including Fort Mill and York County, have said they would switch to the same policy. A landscaper applauded the move, saying it will encourage...

2008-09-26 21:00:17

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Seven southern counties are experiencing a moderate drought as West Virginia's fall forest fire season approaches. The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows the worst conditions are in Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Wayne and Wyoming counties. All or portions of 33 other counties have abnormally dry conditions. Rain is expected to bring some relief today, although the National Weather Service says the most significant amounts are expected to...

2008-09-23 15:00:17

The Department of Water Resources will hold a workshop in Santa Rosa on October 9, 2008, to summarize current water conditions and preparations for the possibility that 2009 may be a dry year. The workshop will begin at 10 am; location information and the agenda are below. Santa Rosa State Building 50 D Street, room 410 Santa Rosa Opening remarks & statewide water conditions Meteorological...

2008-09-19 09:00:20

By Stephen Speckman Deseret News The past few wet winters have been good to arid Utah, but history has proven that drought conditions will be here again, and the Utah Foundation wants to warn people about wasting water. A foundation report released Thursday said that over a 29-year period, Utah was the second driest state in the nation. Nevada was the driest from 1971 to 2000, receiving less precipitation than any other state. In Utah, two thirds of all nonpotable and potable water...

2008-09-10 09:00:24

By JANIE BRYANT By Janie Bryant The Virginian-Pilot PORTSMOUTH The City Council voted Tuesday night to set aside almost $1.4 million to buy water from Norfolk if drought conditions worsen. Portsmouth spent a little more than $1.3 million on emergency water during last year's drought, according to Jim Spacek, the city's director of public works and utilities. The current dry spell is similar to last year's, he said before Tuesday's meeting. Beyond that, it's hard to forecast, he...

2008-09-08 15:00:33

By MORGAN, Jon Two Wairarapa farmers have found a way to turn winter rain into life-giving summer irrigation. -------------------- IT'S HOSING down in Wairarapa. Rivers are threatening to burst their banks, great lakes of water are pooling on the pastures and everything -- sheep, cattle, men and dogs -- are splattered in mud. But Ed Beetham and Mike Southey are smiling -- for them, the rainwater is money in the bank. The chances are that in just six months the sodden scenery will have...

2008-09-05 06:00:10

By Mike Taugher SACRAMENTO -- Fearing next year could bring a worsening drought, state water officials on Thursday said they would create the first drought water bank in California since the early 1990s. The bank would allow water users, primarily in the Sacramento Valley, to sell water to drier regions of the state, from the Bay Area to San Diego. Following two dry years, key reservoirs such as Shasta Reservoir and Lake Oroville are at only about half their normal levels for this time...


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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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