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  • History warns of drought’s destructive force

    The Mayan civilisation in what is now Mexico perished more than a thousand years ago not just because of drought, but perhaps because of too much reliance on water in reservoirs. The story of the rise and decline of ancient civilisations has resonance for today. And researchers at Vienna University of ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Drought warning system being developed in South Africa

    The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute is developing a new drought warning system for parts of South Africa. The recently started project is focusing on producing forecasts and recommendations so as to better manage times of strain. The work is being done in close co-operation with local players. Like many other countries, South Africa is periodically severely affected by ...

  • Forecasters `warned of Horn of Africa drought` last year

    Forecasting systems were warning about a serious drought in the Horn of Africa as much as a year ago — but communication problems between scientists and decision-makers meant the alerts went largely unheeded, according to forecasters. Warnings about the drought — which the United Nations says is the worst in 60 years — were issued last August, when the Famine Early Warning ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • DEP Declares Drought Watches, Warnings Around Commonwealth

    The Department of Environmental Protection today issued a drought warning for four Pennsylvania counties and a drought watch for 40 counties. "With the hot, dry summer, our statewide monitoring network indicates a need to take this first step, which is aimed at alerting the public and water suppliers that it makes sense to take some voluntary common sense steps to ...

  • Health warning for world’s oceans

    The world’s oceans – covering nearly two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, and on which much of human life depends – are under severe pressure, a report says. Over-fishing has dramatically reduced fish stocks. The thousands of tonnes of rubbish dumped in the oceans wreak havoc on marine life, while climate change is warming and acidifying them, putting them under further ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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, ...

  • Study links African drought to Pacific sea temperature

    Researchers in the United States have found a link between low rainfall in East Africa during the March-May rainy season, and changes in sea surface temperature in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The region endured a catastrophic ...


    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 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

  • Breweries persuade drought-hit farmers to switch crops

    A partnership between academics and a beer company, which sent sorghum prices soaring in East Africa, has been highlighted as a way of harnessing agricultural research to fight the effects of drought such as the one in the Horn of Africa. The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) linked up with Kenya-based East African Breweries Limited (EABL) in 2009 to address a missing link between ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • More frequent drought likely in Eastern Africa

    The increased frequency of drought observed in eastern Africa over the last twenthy years is likely to continue as long as global temperatures continue to rise, according to new research published in Climate Dynamics. This poses increased risk to the estimated 17.5 million people in the Greater Horn of Africa who currently face potential food shortages. Scientists from the US Geological Survey ...

  • Citing drought, California town rushes water plant

    California's drought declaration has triggered only local limits such as restrictions on washing cars or watering lawns for most communities, but one Pacific Coast tourist town has seized it as an opportunity to build a long-desired desalination plant. The new project will turn salty water to drinking water for the 6,000-resident town of Cambria, which hugs the cliffs of the central coast, 6 ...


    By Associated Press

  • 2008 World Day to combat desertification and drought

    Message from Mr. Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on the Occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought - 17 June 2008:  This year’s theme for the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, “Combating land degradation for sustainable agriculture,” underscores the significance of land and its management for ...

  • Better protection for homes and communities from flooding and drought

    Communities, homes and businesses will be better protected from the risk of flooding and water shortages in future under plans published in the Flood and Water Management Bill by Defra today. The Bill addresses many of the recommendations from Sir Michael Pitt’s review of the summer 2007 floods.  It will give the authorities that manage flood risk better powers to do so, putting local ...


  • Tipping points - the universal warning signals for sudden change

    A study of critical thresholds in complex systems ranging from the human body to financial markets has found that regardless of the details, the dynamics of each system near its 'tipping point' share similar symptoms. The research is published today in Nature and was in part funded by a European Young Investigator (EURYI) Award to co-author Jordi Bascompte of the Consejo Superior de ...


    By European Science Foundation

  • Water looms as “the next oil,” warns MIT professor

    With US gasoline prices edging toward the recently unimaginable price of US$4 a gallon, consumers are beginning to drive less and energy efficiency is again a hot topic. But the pain caused by high oil prices is nothing like what looms as an even more basic and essential natural commodity — water -- faces dwindling supplies and growing demand. As essential as it is taken for granted, water is The ...

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