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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...

Diversity Helps To Maintain Grasslands During Drought
2012-08-09 10:21:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As drought ravages grasslands across the United States, a few American scientists are looking into how different species of grass endure these harsh conditions. In a study that could impact everything from the beef industry to lawn care, a University of Kansas-led team examined the resilience of 426 species of grass from around the world and found that diversity is key in maintaining robust grasslands, according to their report...

Persistent Drought Of 2000-04 Worst Drought In 800 Years
2012-07-30 07:41:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Western North America was plagued by a seemingly unending drought from 2000 to 2004 that left forests parched, riverbeds dry and, according to scientists, was the strongest such drought in 800 years, and could be a sign of a new “normal” standard for decades to come. The climatic extremes, which are linked to global warming, as bad as they have been, may be seen as the good old days, say a team of researchers, who...


Latest Drought Reference Libraries

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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'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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