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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...

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...


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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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