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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...

2008-07-23 12:00:48

By Katie Stallcup, Opelika-Auburn News, Ala. Jul. 23--Despite recent rainfall, East Alabama is still in a severe drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. "A severe drought indicates that crop or pasture losses are likely, the fire risk is very high and water shortages are common ..." said John DeBlock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham. But it's not all bad, he said. Since October, much of the state's drought has decreased tremendously. "There has...

2008-07-21 03:00:25

By Lutey, Tom Last month, as Montanans teetering on the edge of drought were suddenly singing in the rain, folks in Raymond Wang's parched northeast corner of the state were singing the blues. For the most part, the late May rain that dropped 3 to 5 inches across much of Montana never reached the farms and ranches along the borders of North Dakota and Canada. Along a 120-mile span from Savage to the Port of Raymond, landowners are on the verge of serious drought. Stock ponds have dried...

2008-07-19 12:00:27

By Anna Ferguson, The Brunswick News, Ga. Jul. 19--Gray clouds and scattered rain hung over the Golden Isles this week, putting a damper on beach-going vacation plans but easing significantly the area's dry conditions. Between a 24-hour period beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday and ending 8 a.m. Friday, the National Weather Service in Jacksonville reported .24 inches of rain in the Brunswick-St. Simons Island region. An additional .20 inches was measured during the next six hours, ending at...

2008-07-19 09:00:00

By Christopher Lavender, The Free Press, Kinston, N.C. Jul. 19--Moderate drought conditions will continue for Lenoir County and surrounding areas this weekend as farmers attempt to cope with their crop losses caused by the weather's dry conditions. Rain forecasted for tonight and Sunday morning is expected to bring some temporary relief to the area as a low pressure hugs the North Carolina coast, sending scattered showers inland, Accuweather meteorologist Carrie McCabe said. "Tropical...

2008-07-18 00:00:20

MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena-BJP alliance on Wednesday launched an attack on the Congress-led DF government for its alleged failure to tackle drought conditions. The Opposition demanded immediate declaration of "drought" instead of "drought-like" situation in the state. Leading a frontal attack in the legislative assembly, senior BJP MLA Gopinath Munde said, "The situation is very grim and the state should seek central help to tackle it." The government is not willing to declare drought because...

2008-07-14 09:00:48

2nd LD Writethru: UN agencies warn of growing humanitarian crisis in Horn of Africa NAIROBI, July 12 (Xinhua) -- At least 14 million people in the Horn of Africa are in urgent need of food aid, the United Nations relief agencies have warned. The UN agencies sounded the alarm, saying humanitarian situation in six countries across the Horn of Africa, where a combination of drought conditions and soaring food prices has left millions of people in urgent need of food aid. In a joint...

2008-07-12 03:00:16

By Anonymous EXPERTS AGREE THAT an estimated 35 % of land that was cultivatable 50 years ago is now desert in 11 of Nigeria's northern states, but what they are not so sure about is why. 'These are indications of global warming which the world must grapple with/ lgiri West, a Kano-based environmentalist, told IRIN. The level of industrial and vehicular emissions [in industrialised countries] is so high that they are capable of drastically affecting the climate [in northern Nigeria].' But...


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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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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'