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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...

2008-07-11 12:00:31

By Matt Garfield / mgarfield@heraldonline.com Area utility officials agreed Thursday to hold off on heightened water restrictions, though they gave the idea some serious thought during a conference call. A few days of stormy weather have brought much-needed relief, allowing watering rules to remain unchanged for at least another three weeks, officials said. "If we had not had any rain at all, it was a possibility that we could've eliminated watering on the weekends," said Nick Stegall,...

2008-07-11 12:00:31

By Beth Velliquette, The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C. Jul. 11--CARRBORO -- The N.C. Drought Monitor has indicated a worsening drought across the state, but so far in July at the OWASA water treatment plant, there's already been more rain than usual this month. "The good news is we're getting summertime rain," said Ed Holland, director of planning at OWASA. "Up here at the water plant, we've already gotten our July rainfall." The 30-year average for rainfall in July at the Jones Ferry Road...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Kathy Marks The drought in Australia's main food bowl, the Murray-Darling Basin, has worsened, with record low inflows into the river system in June and an even gloomier situation predicted for the coming months. Neil Plummer, acting head of the National Climate Centre, described rainfall during the southern hemisphere autumn as "an absolute shocker", and said: "I'm gasping for good news". Wendy Craik, chief executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, said the river system's...

2008-07-10 09:01:02

400 mln U.S. dollars food appeal launched for vulnerable Afghans KABUL, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Afghan government and United Nations on Wednesday launched a joint appeal for over 404 million U.S. dollars to feed the most vulnerable people who are in desperate need of food aid as a result of the worldwide rise in food prices, poor harvests and drought, said a UN statement. The appeal which will run for 12 months from July 2008 to July 2009 aims to ensure the food security of 450,000 urban and...


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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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