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2008-08-28 03:00:36

The creek that runs across the eighth hole at Countryside Golf Club in Roanoke was dry Monday evening. The remnants of Tropical Storm Fay might have provided some water to it temporarily, but recent rain will not end the drought that lingers over Southwest Virginia. So Rocky Mount officials this week imposed mandatory conservation. The town's water source, the Blackwater River, hit a historic low Monday. It's not alone. Both the Roanoke and New rivers are flowing far below historic levels...

2008-08-17 12:00:20

By JOHN FUQUAY By John Fuquay The Fayetteville Observer RALEIGH It may not be as apparent as last year, but water management officials are predicting a dry spell in coming weeks that could rival last year's record drought. Tropical storms have helped make July and August cooler and wetter than last year, but reservoirs, rivers, streams and groundwater tables began the year lower than normal. With the typically dry fall months still ahead, experts say another water shortage is...

2008-08-13 06:00:29

By Larry Copeland Focusing irrigation helps them to be efficient and conserve vital resource CAMILLA, Ga. -- Water conservation hasn't always been a top priority for farmers in this southwest corner of the state. That's because water has been plentiful in the Flint River Basin. But the Southeast has endured several droughts in recent years, and this year, 87% of Georgia is in some stage of drought. The state also is locked in a 2-decade-old water war with Alabama and Florida...

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2008-08-12 12:05:00

Recent study suggests experience of old matriarchs may help herds survive in age of climate change A recent study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) suggests that old female elephants "” and perhaps their memories of distant, life-sustaining sources of food and water "” may be the key to survival during the worst of times. In particular, experienced elephant matriarchs seem to give their family groups an edge in the struggle for...

2008-08-12 06:00:33

By Andrew Martin A souvenir in the corner of Doron Ovits's office attests to the challenges of farming in Israel. It is a mangled piece of metal, and Ovits said it had come from a rocket that landed in a field recently, lobbed from the Gaza Strip. But Ovits may have a bigger long-term problem than rockets. Israel is running short of water. A growing population and rising incomes have increased demand for fresh water, while a four-year drought has created what Agriculture Minister...

2008-08-11 09:00:55

By Andrew Martin A souvenir in the corner of Doron Ovits's office attests to the challenges of farming in Israel. It is a mangled piece of metal, and Ovits said it had come from a rocket that landed in a field recently, lobbed from the Gaza Strip. But Ovits may have a bigger long-term problem than rockets. Israel is running short of water. A growing population and rising incomes have increased demand for fresh water, while a four-year drought has created what Agriculture Minister...

2008-08-06 03:00:29

By Joey Holleman, The State, Columbia, S.C. Aug. 6--Extreme drought was declared Tuesday in nine more counties in the Upstate, while afternoon thunderstorms have kept the rest of the state from deteriorating this summer. The state drought response committee added Anderson, Abbeville, McCormick, Edgefield, Saluda, Greenwood, Newberry, Laurens and Union counties to the worst level of drought in the state classification system -- extreme. They join Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg...

2008-07-30 15:00:41

Katy Wood, 17, of Acworth, Ga. is the recipient of the third annual ITT Award for Excellence in Student Water Journalism, in recognition of her exploration of the Southeastern water shortage in an article titled, "A Lack of Lakes: Georgia Water Crisis." ITT Corporation, a global leader in water technology, created this award to recognize aspiring journalists and encourage them to explore and report on water-related, environmental issues. Over the past two years, Georgia has struggled to...

2008-07-30 09:00:45

By Bill Scanlon For the farmers and ranchers who make a living off of Colorado's arid land, there's more at stake this drought year than browning lawns or serial sunburns. Gov. Bill Ritter has asked the federal government for disaster assistance to help farmers and ranchers in three counties that suffered late-spring freezes and in 20 counties where pastures and crops are withering in drought. The designation would make farmers and ranchers eligible for low- interest loans to help...

2008-07-28 03:00:24

By Cherish Wilson, The Shelby Star, N.C. Jul. 28--Don't let the rain fool you. It'll take more than a few storms rolling through the area to quench the deficit. Shelby is an astounding 72 inches of rain below normal in almost 12 years. That's more than 6 feet of water missing. Local meteorologist Robert Gamble explained how drought leads to more drought and why Cleveland and Gaston counties have a different set of drought circumstances. Q: How do drought conditions set us up for...


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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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