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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...

2008-06-26 12:02:41

By Alex Breitler, The Record, Stockton, Calif. Jun. 26--Two years of drought have California's water managers scrambling. What if we had 200 years of drought? It's happened, a number of scientists say. And it could happen again. Trees hidden beneath the waters of Sierra Nevada lakes suggest California, and most of the West, experienced "megadroughts" that put our current water crisis in context. These Medieval dry spells -- if two centuries can be considered a "spell" -- dropped...

2008-06-24 06:02:30

By Matthew Eisley and Lynn Bonner, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jun. 24--Successive thunderstorms of the past few days soaked lawns and cushioned reservoir supplies, but they didn't come close to ending the drought. Still, we'll take it. At Falls Lake, which had been dropping steadily for weeks, several inches of rain throughout its watershed helped Raleigh's water source level off at about half a foot below full. But follow that up with a week of hot, dry weather, which...

2008-06-21 15:00:14

By Sean Boone, Walton Sun, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Jun. 21--The Florida Panhandle is still behind in rainfall, but severe drought conditions that plagued the area last year have subsided. According to Northwest Florida Water Management District Surface Water Bureau Chief Nick Wooten, the above normal rainfall the area received in January and February greatly reduced the defi cit. "We're still very dry and certainly below normal -- but we're not in a drought," he said. Wooten also...

2008-06-20 18:00:15

By Suzanne Ulbrich, The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. Jun. 20--The drought conditions are back. The most recent Southeast Drought Monitor this week indicates Onslow and Carteret counties are under moderate drought conditions -- but the area is better off than most in the state. The U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday that 97 percent of the state is in some form of drought, up from 65 percent last week. Conditions are worse in the southwestern part of the state, where seven...

2008-06-20 09:00:17

By NATASHA ROBINSON By Natasha Robinson The Associated Press RALEIGH Almost all of North Carolina is now in a drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday. The report shows 97 percent of the state in some form of drought, up from 65 percent last week. Conditions are worse in the southwestern part of the state, where seven counties are under "exceptional" drought, the most severe category. Conditions could get worse because the state never recovered from its last drought,...

2008-06-20 09:00:00

China has refilled its largest freshwater lake in the north in a five-month operation with diverted water from the Yellow River, saving the lake from drying out as a result of its headwaters being used for Olympic emergency water supply reservoirs. A total of 156 million cubic meters of water from the country's second longest river had been injected into the Baiyangdian lake in north China's Hebei Province by early on Friday morning [21 June], said the Office of State Flood Control 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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