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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...

2012-07-23 23:03:08

According to National Climatic Data Center, 55 percent of the United States is now in moderate to severe drought. Current drought conditions surpass the record set in December 1956. No relief is in sight and the extreme drought is expected to continue. This drought will affect millions of Americans with increased food price and water quality issues. EcoloBlue Atmospheric Water Generators can help alleviate drought stress. Pacheco, California (PRWEB) July 23, 2012 EcoloBlue is pleased to...

Extreme Weather Tied To Global Warming
2012-07-11 09:48:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Global warming could be leading to extreme weather events in several areas around the world, but in some areas scientists have not been able to find any link between the two at all, according to new analyses released Tuesday. Record heat waves in the UK, extreme flooding in Russia, and record drought in Texas, may have been the result of climate change, yet researchers are stopping short of blaming any single event on global...

United States Drought Monitor Released, Bad News For Agriculture
2012-07-06 13:27:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Wave after wave of heat has baked almost half the United States into some form of drought, according to data released by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The economic impact is still impossible to know, but officials and stakeholders are expecting a significant impact of the nation´s agricultural output. Analysis of the UNL data revealed that a record 46.8 percent of the nation's...

Drought-sensitive Southern Hemisphere Regions May Experience Even Less Rainfall
2012-05-21 03:22:30

Increasing aridity could lead to major problems for societies and ecosystems in already-arid places Warming climate may mean less rainfall for drought-sensitive regions of the Southern Hemisphere, according to results just published by an international research team. Geoscientist Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College in Paul Smiths, N.Y., and colleagues found that rainfall in South Africa during the last 1,400 years was affected by temperature--with more rain falling during cool periods...

2012-04-25 11:38:38

Researchers at the University of Granada Department of Botanic have participated in an international study that has confirmed that global warming is causing plants to migrate to higher altitudes. The study, recently published in Science, analyzed species diversity shifts in 66 summits of 17 European ranges between 2001 and 2008. In the Iberian Peninsula, two target regions were selected in the Pyrenees (Ordesa) and Sierra Nevada (Granada). Researchers found that the species under study had...

2012-04-04 20:26:42

Researchers, including plant researchers from the University of Copenhagen, have developed a new type of the corn-like crop sorghum, which may become very significant for food supplies in drought-prone areas. Unlike the conventional drought-resistant sorghum plant, which is an important crop in e.g. Africa, China and the USA, this new type does not form toxic cyanide when exposed to long-term drought. Consequently, farmers in drought areas will no longer need to discard their sorghum crops in...


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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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