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2012-11-26 14:16:53

Australia should prepare now for dry times ahead by ℠banking´ its water underground when rainfall is plentiful, according to an important new scientific study. "There is enormous national potential to store surplus water in aquifers, ensuring sufficient water is available for cities, homes, industry, farming and the environment when drought strikes", says researcher Andrew Ross of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT). “We need to start...

Drought Index Calculations Are Flawed
2012-11-18 05:54:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Reports claiming that the climate change has caused global drought conditions to intensify over the past several decades are flawed and based on faulty calculations, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Nature. According to Anna Salleh of ABC News Australia the researchers report in their study that the 2007 4th Assessment Report (AR4) by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "overestimated"...

Mayan Civilization And Climate Change
2012-11-09 05:46:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There has been a controversy in the scientific community about the role of climate change in the development and subsequent demise of the Maya civilization, which thrived from AD 300 to 1000. The debate has raged because of a lack of well-dated climate and archaeological evidence. An international team of archaeologists and earth scientists from Pennsylvania State, ETH Zurich and the University of Durham, among others, has compiled a...

Climate Change May Have Positive Impact On Some Desert Plants
2012-10-10 09:15:25

Some plants in arid regions benefit from climate change Dryland ecosystems cover 41% of the Earth´s land surface. These ecosystems are highly vulnerable to global environmental change and desertification. But climate change seems to have a positive impact on some plants. A study involving the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock has come to this conclusion. Using demographic methods, ecologist Roberto Salguero-Gómez investigates desert plants to...

Forests In The Southwest Could Change Due To Climate Change
2012-10-01 05:29:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Rising temperatures and decreases in precipitation associated with climate change could cause "widespread tree death" in the forests of the southwestern US, which could lead to "substantial changes" both in the landscape and the creatures living there in the near future, experts warn in a new study. Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the University of Arizona, Columbia University,...

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2012-09-11 22:28:49

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Pinyon Pine trees of the American southwest are dying off in large numbers, and many researchers have already guessed what is to blame: the heat. Well, and pine beetles. While it may seem like common sense to blame the death of thousands of trees and other forms of vegetation on extreme heat and dry conditions, some researchers at the University of Arizona are looking past the cause and into the effect. Namely, what...

2012-08-28 23:00:11

Disaster relief contributions still needed to prevent starvation in Niger, Mali, Senegal and Chad, says Lauren Fisher of World Vision International on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Radio Talk Show. Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) August 27, 2012 The biggest impact in the United States of the ongoing East African drought is a sharp spike in the price of chocolate (due to poor harvests in Ghana and Ivory Coast). The impact on the people of West Africa is far more profound — mass starvation, thousands...

Drought Is Sweet News For Wineries
2012-08-27 05:49:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While drought conditions throughout much of the United States are hampering corn and soybean crops, thus all but ensuring that Americans will be paying more for products relying on those grains as ingredients, there might be some benefit to the lack of rain after all -- to oenophiles, at least. According to CNN reporter Athena Jones, while corn yields could reach their lowest levels in more than 15 years, the dry conditions can...


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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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