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2008-07-08 09:00:36

Text of report by Iraqi newspaper Al-Mashriq on 3 July ["Wave of Drought Affects Vast Areas in Iraq"] Iraq, also known as the land between the two rivers, currently suffers from a severe water shortage, which many farmers say could lead to a wide-scale wave of drought as a result of low rainfall during the winter season and the water policies of neighbouring countries. Many Iraqi farmers said that the wheat and barley crops have declined a lot this year compared to last year due to low...

2008-07-01 09:00:35

By Daniel Goldberg, The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C. Jul. 1--CARRBORO -- A return to water usage restrictions is not imminent for Orange Water and Sewer Authority customers despite below-normal rainfall in June, according to water utility officials. Thunderstorms dropped approximately 1.5 inches of water into OWASA reservoirs Sunday night, but rainfall for June was still about two inches short. The 30-year average for rainfall at OWASA's Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant is 4.26 inches...

2008-07-01 03:00:20

By Joey Holleman, The State, Columbia, S.C. Jul. 1--With conditions worsening by the day, the drought status for five Upstate counties was upgraded Monday to extreme, the worst rung in the state's four-step classification system. The upgrade could prompt automatic watering restrictions in some areas of Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. But the state drought response committee stopped short of asking Gov. Mark Sanford to declare emergency measures. "We're...

2008-06-29 21:02:39

By SARAH STACK TENS of thousands of Ethiopians are on the brink of starving to death because of a massive food shortage. Some 3200 children and women have been admitted to food treatment programmes in one southern region in recent weeks as the effects of an eight-month drought take hold of rural communities. Soaring global food prices have compounded the crisis. Abraham Asha, of Irish aid agency Concern, said the figures were "frightening". He added: "In three years from 2005 to...

2008-06-29 09:01:33

FORTH WORTH, Texas _ For many farmers and ranchers, it's becoming an all-too-familiar routine: One drought ends and another begins. Over the last 12 years, Texas has weathered five droughts, and another might be in the works. South and Southwest Texas are in the throes of a major drought, and dry conditions are starting to creep into other parts of the state. Crops are withering, wildfires are burning, and water restrictions have returned to the Edwards Plateau in Central Texas. In...

2008-06-27 15:02:33

By Dennis Pollock, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Jun. 27--U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is urging U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer to quickly provide drought assistance to California farmers using an agricultural disaster program authorized by the recently enacted Farm Bill. In a letter sent Thursday, Boxer, D-Calif., said the drought has caused farmers "to walk away from thousands of acres of crops, an event with the potential to cost California's economy hundreds of millions of dollars in lost...

2008-06-27 12:02:35

By Miranda Baines, The Reidsville Review, N.C. Jun. 27--Rain from Thursday evening's thunderstorm brought much-needed relief to Rockingham County. But the county will need far more than sporadic rainfall to get out of a severe drought. Experts say the dry weather is here to stay. The drought conditions for the area had been classified as moderate. "The drought is getting worse, slowly but surely," said Peter Corrigan, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service. "We've had sporadic...

2008-06-27 09:02:35

ADB helping China improve ecosystem in major lake MANILA, June 25 (Xinhua) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping China address and reverse decades of ecological degradation to one of the nation's most valuable fresh-water resources, the lender said on Wednesday. Called the "Kidney of North China," the Baiyangdian Lake and the ecosystem it supports are at constant risk from falling water levels, soil erosion and wastewater runoff, the multilateral development bank said in a...

2008-06-26 18:02:30

By BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - By July, more Georgia counties could face tougher restrictions on water use as the state's historic drought continues to worsen, state officials said Wednesday. Environmental Protection Division Director Carol Couch also said citizens whose communities have recently loosened water rules should not see the move as a license to waste water. Of Georgia's 159 counties, 154 are designated as "abnormally dry" or in some degree of drought, according to State...

2008-06-26 15:02:24

A U.S.-led international team of scientists said it's determined extreme climatic weather events can produce a sharp increase in infectious diseases. The scientists, led by University of California-Davis researchers, said they determined how climate extremes associated with global warning -- such as the increased frequency of droughts and floods -- can create conditions in which diseases that are tolerated individually might converge and cause mass deaths among livestock or wildlife. The...

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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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