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2006-04-18 19:50:00

Beijing will use artificial rainmaking to clear the air after a choking dust storm coated China's capital and beyond with yellow grit, prompting a health warning to keep children indoors, state media said Tuesday. The huge storm blew dust far beyond China's borders, blanketing South Korea and reaching Tokyo. The storm, reportedly the worst in at least five years, hit Beijing overnight Sunday, turning the sky yellow and forcing residents to dust off and hose down cars and buildings....

2006-04-18 02:32:19

SEOUL (Reuters) - A sand storm that covered homes and streets in the Chinese capital with a brownish-yellow dust has clogged the air over the Korean peninsula, weather officials said on Tuesday. The dust storm was weak over parts of central and northern South Korea, including the capital Seoul, the South's Meteorological Administration said, adding that it was much more severe in North Korea. South Korean authorities are yet to issue a health warning. Northern China continued to...

2006-04-10 06:44:02

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police rescued more than 100 tourists trapped in buses during a heavy sandstorm in China's remote northwest, Xinhua news agency said on Monday. The storm swept up the desert sands on Sunday in the Xinjiang autonomous region, leaving four buses stranded on a highway across the Gobi Desert near the oasis town of Turpan. "Twenty-one officers ... rescued the Chinese and foreign tourists using military all-terrain vehicles," Xinhua said. "On their way to the site, they...

2006-02-25 08:15:23

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus was engulfed in an unusually severe sandstorm on Saturday, sending people to hospital with breathing problems and canceling flights from the Mediterranean holiday island. A thick blanket of gritty dust settled over the capital Nicosia, blotting out the sun and giving the capital a beige tinge from sand brought in gusts from the African Sahara. By midday Saturday three departing flights were canceled from the western region of Paphos because of the storm and...

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2005-07-18 07:55:00

When humans visit Mars, they'll have to watch out for towering electrified dust devils. Science@NASA -- Ah, Martian summer! Finally, the days are long, just like on dear old Earth. And daytime highs rocket all the way up to a balmy 20°C (68°F) from the summer nighttime low of -90°C (-130°F), meaning you and your fellow astronauts can warm up your machinery earlier to get a good start on mining operations. But those warm daytime temperatures also bring alive the Martian...

2005-06-16 09:35:00

Growing desertification worldwide threatens to swell by millions the number of poor forced to seek new homes and livelihoods. And a rising number of large, intense dust storms plaguing many areas menace the health of people even continents away, international experts warn in a new report. Thick storms rising out of the Gobi Desert affect much of China, Korea and Japan and even reduce air quality over North America, according to Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Desertification Synthesis. The...

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2005-06-16 14:06:45

OSLO -- Desertification threatens to drive millions of people from their homes in coming decades while vast dust storms can damage the health of people continents away, an international report said on Thursday. "Desertification has emerged as a global problem affecting everyone," said Zafar Adeel, assistant director of the U.N. University's water academy and a lead author of a report drawing on the work of 1,360 scientists in 95 nations. Two billion people live in drylands vulnerable to...


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Desert greening
2013-04-25 16:10:03

Desert greening is made up of any number of methods used to revitalize deserts. So far, only arid and semi-arid desert are meant when using this expression. The icy deserts and other types are considered to be unsuitable. The different methods include landscaping methods to reduce evaporation, erosion, consolidation of topsoil, temperature, sandstorms and more, permaculture in general, planting trees, regeneration of salty, polluted, or degenerated soils, floodwater retention and...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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