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United States' Cultural Heritage At Risk Due To Changing Climate
2014-05-20 14:19:50

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online From Faneuil Hall in Boston to the Bering Land Bridge National Monument in Alaska, Americans treasure numerous national landmarks and a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists has found that many of these sites are under threat from the effects of climate change. “Today these sites face a perilous and uncertain future in a world of rising sea levels, more frequent wildfires, increased flooding, and other damaging effects of...

2014-05-09 23:00:38

Bureau of Reclamation released final environmental documents for the proposed annual transfers of up to 7,500 acre-feet of Firebaugh Canal Water District’s Central Valley Project water to the Pacheco, Panoche, San Luis, and Westlands water districts over a period of five years. Fresno, CA (PRWEB) May 09, 2014 The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents for the proposed annual transfers of up to 7,500 acre-feet of Firebaugh Canal Water District’s Central...

US Corn Yields Growing More Sensitive To Heat And Drought
2014-05-02 03:13:58

By Laura Seaman, Stanford University Corn yields in the central United States have become more sensitive to drought conditions in the past two decades, according to Stanford research. The study, which appears in the journal Science, was led by Stanford's David Lobell, associate professor of environmental Earth system science and associate director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment. "The Corn Belt is phenomenally productive," Lobell said, referring to the region of...

Tree Rings Reveal A History Of Drought In Utah
2014-05-02 05:21:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research on tree rings in Utah has revealed that some droughts of the past 576 years were much more severe than anything seen since the start of the 20th century. The study team said tree rings provide a much longer historical record than climate and stream flow logs, which only go back about 100 years. According to the team’s report in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association, the most severe drought of this...

2014-04-24 23:12:06

Retired NOAA/NASA climatologist L. DeWayne Cecil, PhD, discusses global water politics with Bio Logic Aqua research founder Sharon Kleyne. Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) April 24, 2014 If management of Earth’s water resources continues on its present path, the results could be disastrous reports retired NOAA and NASA Climatologist L. DeWayne Cecil, PhD, The terrible effects of diminishing water resources and global drought, according to Dr, Cecil, are already seen in Yemen and Somalia....

NASA Satellite Data Show Drought May Take Toll On Congo Rainforest
2014-04-24 03:15:45

[ Watch The Video: Drought Effects On Congo Rainforest Cover Shown By NASA Satellites ] NASA A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade. The study, led by Liming Zhou of University at Albany, State University of New York, shows between 2000 and 2012 the decline affected an increasing amount of forest area and intensified. The...

More Frequent, Bigger Wildfires Burning Western US
2014-04-18 12:26:10

American Geophysical Union Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years – a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades, according to new research. The number of wildfires over 1,000 acres in size in the region stretching from Nebraska to California increased by a rate of seven fires a year from 1984 to 2011, according to a new study...

2014-04-14 23:01:53

Rise in Snowpack Feeding Colorado River Minor in Long-Term Drought Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) April 14, 2014 While the snowpack that feeds the Colorado River is expected to produce 5 percent more water this year, noted climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss of the Browning Newsletter says the main event that could bring more serious relief from the Western drought is a potential El Nino brewing in the Pacific. “California is seeing snowpack that is 23 percent of normal and the state’s...

2014-04-09 16:44:10

Detecting drought before it causes more catastrophe: the news could go down like a cool drink of water for regions feeling the heat. University of Cincinnati researchers are at work tracking drought patterns across the United States. Qiusheng Wu, a doctoral student and research assistant for the UC Department of Geography, and Hongxing Liu, a UC professor and head of the Department of Geography, will present details this week at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers...

2014-03-25 23:23:50

Agricultural Expert Steve Shenk Seeks to Better Prepare Americans for Extreme Weather Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) March 25, 2014 Nationally renowned agricultural and food supply expert Steve Shenk believes Americans are ill-prepared for when rising fruit, produce, dairy and beef prices hit in full force as a result of the drought in parts of the mid-West and the West Coast. The Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service predicted in January that drought...


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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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