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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...

2012-08-24 23:00:14

The current drought crisis has prompted the World Meteorological Organization to push for international adoption of drought-management policies. Genuine Bio-Fuel´s proprietary technology offers a solution to create green energy without using water or adding harmful effects to the environment. Indiantown, Florida (PRWEB) August 23, 2012 According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the effects of the drought gripping the United States countryside is also trickling to global...

Drought Worsens For Several Farming States Despite Cooling Temperatures
2012-08-24 09:35:27

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While cooler temperatures and rainfall have eased drought conditions in some areas around the country, many farming states continue to feel the pinch of the worst US dry spell to hit in more than fifty years. A new drought report released Thursday details the current conditions across the country, with severe to exceptional drought still occurring in much of the Midwest. The US Drought Monitor´s weekly map showed that as of...

Deforestation Not a New Problem According To Ancient Maya Studies
2012-08-22 15:36:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The ancient Maya culture flourished for more than six centuries with more than a hundred city-states scattered across southern Mexico and northern Central America. In A.D. 695, the Maya empire started its slow collapse with the fall of several Guatemalan cities. Scientists have long thought drought played a part in this collapse, but some recent studies add twists to this long held theory. A research team led by Benjamin Cook,...

Lessons From Ancient Egypt On Climate and Drought
2012-08-16 16:13:14

Using Fossil Pollen to Augment Historical Records Ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt's Nile Delta document the region's ancient droughts and fires, including a huge drought 4,200 years ago associated with the demise of Egypt's Old Kingdom, the era known as the pyramid-building time. "Humans have a long history of having to deal with climate change," said Christopher Bernhardt, a researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey. "Along with other...


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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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