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  • Modis images amazon drought impact

    A NASA-funded study has revealed widespread reductions in the greenness of Amazon forests caused by last year's record-breaking drought. Computer models predict a changing climate with warmer temperatures and altered rainfall patterns, which could lead to rainforests being replaced by grasslands or woody savannas. Carbon stored in rotting wood would then be released into the atmosphere, ...

  • Carbon dioxide could ease drought impacts

    Climate science may have over-estimated the menace of drought in the world of global warming. Because green plants will respond to extra carbon dioxide, the water taken up by the roots could be halved. In effect, the greenhouse gas emissions that threaten the world’s climates could at the same time limit one ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Drought and water overuse in Europe

    From golf courses to books, olive oil to vaccinations, all the goods and services that we rely on, together with many of our daily activities, require a vital resource: water. A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms that in many parts of Europe water use is unsustainable and provides recommendations for a new approach to managing water resources. The EEA report 'Water ...

  • TIP: Experts on drought and dust

    In the 1930s, severe drought in the United States coupled with widespread soil degradation from unsound farming practices led to the Dust Bowl—a period of massive dust storms that caused damage to millions of acres of farmland and forced hundreds of thousands of people to abandon their homes. Now that a host of soil conservation measures are in place, the Dust Bowl is mainly thought of as a ...

  • Water scarcity and droughts in the EU

    In adopting an own-initiative report on water scarcity and droughts in the European Union, MEPs urge the Commission and Member States to acknowledge that deforestation and unrestrained urban development are contributing to growing water scarcity. The House calls on the Member States and the authorities concerned to pay heed to water-related considerations in their land-use planning. The report ...


    By European Parliament

  • EPA Awards $4 Million in Grants to Research the Impact of Drought on Water Quality

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $4 million to four institutions to conduct research to combat the effects of drought and extreme events on water quality in watersheds and at drinking water utilities. “As a nation we are witnessing the harmful effects of droughts and extreme events, such as wildfires and flooding, that often follow drought conditions," said ...

  • Understanding what causes droughts and floods

    The latest research into how variations in the atmosphere and oceans combine to produce impacts like the major droughts and floods experienced recently in south-eastern Australia will be presented today in Canberra at a science workshop hosted by the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative (SEACI). SEACI is a three-year, $9 million research program investigating the causes and ...

  • Asia `will be hit hard by drought in 2020s`

    Asia's wheat and maize production will be severely affected by climate change as early as the 2020s — with potentially devastating impacts on food security, a report warns. Previous climate change projections have covered ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Droughts and floods slow economic growth

    Droughts and floods can significantly damage economic growth, recent research has found. A 1% increase in the area affected by drought can slow a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 2.7% per year and a 1% increase in the area experiencing extreme rainfall can reduce GDP growth by 1.8%, according to the study. Investments in water security could help reduce this negative ...

  • WMO highlights integrated drought management

    At the ongoing Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Convention on Drought and Desertification (UNCCD), WMO has highlighted its work towards improving proactive, integrated management of droughts – the world’s most destructive natural hazard. “We already know that the ...

  • U.S. EPA Awards $1 Million Grant to Research Impact of Drought on Water Quality

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $1 million grant to the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) to conduct research on the effects of drought and extreme weather on the state’s water resources. The study will examine the conditions that contribute to the current drought, looking at the effect decreased water supply and unpredictable water quality have on ...

  • U.S. drought demonstrates complexity, severity of water risk

    As much of the United States continues to suffer through what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has called the country’s most extensive drought in more than 50 years, there is growing concern over how broad and severe the impacts may ...

  • Drought drives decade-long decline in plant growth

    NASA-funded researchers Maosheng Zhao and Steven Running, of the University of Montana in Missoula, USA, discovered the global shift during an analysis of NASA satellite data. Compared with a 6% increase spanning two earlier decades, the recent ten-year decline is slight, just 1%. The shift, however, could impact food security, biofuels, and the global carbon cycle. The discovery comes from an ...

  • ALERT: Special Webinar `Managing Through the Drought`

    The hot, dry conditions are significantly impacting crops across a wide area of the United States and it's already leaving many in the agriculture community concerned about long-lasting effects. The American Society of Agronomy is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 and scheduled from Noon to 1:30 p.m., Central Standard Time.  This specially planned webinar will feature a ...

  • Drought watches lifted for 21 Pennsylvanian Counties

    Based on the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection, PA, USA, has lifted drought watch declarations for 21 western counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette,Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland counties. ...

  • Drought to be `commonplace` by 2050s, says Environment Agency report

    Water shortages will be common if the current system is not overhauled, says a report from the ...


    By Innovyze

  • Deaths from drought in Africa are down, data reveal

    Mortalities from severe droughts in Sub-Saharan Africa have gone down over the last decade but the level of preparedness in most countries remains low, a conference has heard. Although there have been many criticisms of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Satellites can help monitor and manage African droughts

    Kenyan MP and remote sensing expert, Wilbur Ottichilo, argues the time is ripe for using satellites to spot developing African droughts. The six million square kilometres of the Greater Horn of Africa are home to about 200 million people. Ecologically and environmentally, the region is highly precarious — more than 60 per cent of it is arid or semi-arid and most countries experience irregular ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Drought Poses major risks to companies in China

    Reduced power, blocked supply chains are reminder of water risks. For the last five months, a severe drought in central China has brought water levels in the Yangtze River to near-record lows. The drought’s impacts – from threatened drinking water supplies to disruptions in manufacturing – have rippled through the population and economy of China. They are a reminder of the ...

  • NRDC: Water Agencies’ Drought Plan Needs Balance

    The California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today released their proposed 2014 Drought Operations Plan, a proposal that waives key environmental standards to the detriment of the majority of Californians. The following is the statement of Natural Resources Defense Council Senior Attorney Kate Poole on the proposal: “This proposal falls far ...

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