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Tag: Drought


Droughts Are Giving Trees ‘Heart Attacks’

Research identifying survival traits in different tree species could prove vital in helping reduce the massive losses caused by heat extremes as the world warms.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE


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Weather Extremes Slash Cereal Yields

Increasing intensity of heat and drought as a result of global warming may have caused a reduction in worldwide cereal harvests by up to a 10th since the mid-1960s.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 READ MORE



More Droughts May Mean Less Electrical Power

Rising temperatures and reduced rainfall will make the flow of rivers less dependable, affecting supplies to the electricity generators that rely on them.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE



Forests of Southwest U.S. Face Massive Die-Off by 2100

California’s drought has already imperiled many of its trees, and within 80 years climate change could destroy the evergreen forests of the entire U.S. Southwest.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



High-Level Danger for Forest Giants

The tallest trees play a vital role in combating global warming by taking carbon from the atmosphere, but they are at great risk from ever-increasing droughts.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



Saving Humanity From Climate Chaos Means Saying No to Business as Usual

Corporations should not be a part of climate negotiations at the upcoming United Nations talks in Paris. They are part of the problem, not the solution.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Floods Will Add to California’s Drought Woes

Climate scientists predict that while the drought that has devastated the state for four years will become more extreme, it will be interspersed with bouts of serious flooding.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



Forest Loss and Land Degradation Fuel Climate Crisis

U.N. studies show that the combined effects of degraded farmland and the felling and burning of trees are costing the planet trillions of dollars in ecosystem losses.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE



Land Degradation Could Create 50 Million Climate Refugees Within a Decade

A U.N.-backed report offers a shocking depiction of the state of our global environment, revealing that about half of the planet’s agricultural land is now moderately or severely degraded.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE



Receding Snowpack Highlights Impact of California Drought

Evidence preserved in tree rings shows that Sierra Nevada snow cover is the lowest in five centuries—and rising temperatures will only make things worse.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



Northern Forests Face Onslaught From Heat and Drought

Many Northern Hemisphere forests face destruction as climate change brings both fiercer droughts and higher temperatures.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



Drought Becoming the ‘New Normal’ for Californians

Human impacts on global warming and water resources are threatening to turn the landscape of the U.S. West into a dust bowl.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



Land in California Is Sinking Nearly Two Inches Per Month Due to Pumping in Drought

The rate at which vast areas of California’s Central Valley are sinking has accelerated as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped out to meet water shortages during the region’s historic drought.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE



As Both Climate Victim and Responder, California Leads the Way

California in the Great Drought reminds me of San Francisco as AIDS broke out: a living diorama of how the future is going to look for a lot of us. Back then we had no idea how bad things were going to get, and that is likely to be true now too.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE



Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights

The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have the precious resource. Could leasing the rights to it solve the crisis responsibly?

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Watch the ‘Yes Men’s’ Comical Solution to the California Drought

The activists’ spoof campaign encourages hipsters to forgo showers if they eat beef. Find out if they managed to fool anyone.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Climate Change as Grave a Threat as Nuclear War

An international scientific report commissioned by the U.K. government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE



Natural World Feels the Heat as Temperatures Soar

Birds, insects and trees are all under threat as the rise in global average temperatures makes droughts and heat waves much more probable.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE


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Stress on Water Resources Threatens Lives and Livelihoods

Satellite data raise red flags about the draining of underground aquifers in California and elsewhere to meet the demands of expanding populations.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



Scientists Detect Mysterious Warming in U.S. Coastal Waters

Unprecedented ocean temperature rises off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States may be linked to sea level rise or the recent pattern of “weird” weather.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE



Combating Climate Dangers Is Seen as Medical Emergency

International experts say the last 50 years of health advances worldwide will be jeopardized unless urgent steps are taken to confront climate change.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE



India Blames Heat-Wave Deaths on Climate Change

Fierce temperatures in India doubled the heat-related deaths normally recorded in May—and the government insists natural causes are not to blame.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Offers Rare Respite for African Farmers

Under the influence of greenhouse gases, changes in air temperature and wind patterns are increasing rainfall and crop yields in the drought-prone Sahel region.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE



Heat and Drought Pose Threat to U.S. Power Supplies

Global warming will leave people in the Western states of the U.S. exposed to increasingly extreme temperatures that could seriously affect electricity generation.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



Weather Events Taken to Extremes by Climate Change

Scientists warn that global warming could greatly increase the likelihood of record frequency and intensity of droughts, floods and heat waves.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Braces for Even Worse Wildfire Season

Years of drought and higher temperatures mean the chance of devastating wildfires in the southwest U.S. is higher than ever—particularly in southern California.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE


California Drought









Posted on Apr 28, 2015 ENLARGE



Well Drilling Has Deep Impact on Health of Great Plains

Vegetation loss on North America’s vast rangelands resulting from a huge increase in oil and gas well activity evokes memories of the 1930s Dust Bowl disaster.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE



Washington State Hit With Brutal Drought

Authorities in the state that produces nearly 70 percent of U.S. apples for fresh consumption and loads of other foodstuffs have declared “drought emergencies” in 24 of its 62 watersheds—or 44 percent of the state’s area.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 21, 2015 ENLARGE


California and Martian Water









Posted on Apr 17, 2015 ENLARGE


Jerry Brown—Drought and High-Speed Rail









Posted on Apr 9, 2015 ENLARGE



‘Water Man of India’ Makes Rivers Flow Again

Revival of traditional rainwater harvesting has transformed the driest state in India and could be used to combat the effects of climate change across the world.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE


California Agriculture Water Hog









Posted on Apr 7, 2015 ENLARGE



Water Crisis Pushes Brazil Toward Solar Power at Last

Without water to feed its hydroelectric dams, drought-hit Brazil is turning to the solar energy source once dubbed a fantasy by the country’s president.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 3, 2015 ENLARGE


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‘No Snow Whatsoever’ Found at California Snowpack Survey Site (Videos)

Amid California’s ongoing drought, Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered unprecedented mandatory water restrictions across the state as officials found “no snow whatsoever” at a crucial site in the Sierra Nevada.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



Rich Nations Urged to Cut Temperature Rise Targets

A senior scientist at Pennsylvania State University’s Earth and Environmental Systems Institute says voices of poorer nations must be heard in the political tussle over reducing the “utterly inadequate” global warming limit.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



Why California’s New Mandatory Water Restrictions Aren’t Enough

Gov. Jerry Brown has announced a historic executive order to reduce the state’s water usage by 25 percent—but one expert has doubts about its potential for real impact without stricter measures for agriculture.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



Changing Climate Causes Weather Chaos in Chile

What is being described as an environmental catastrophe is hitting Chile as torrential rains batter the north while the south suffers prolonged drought and wildfires.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System

California’s terrifying drought is putting one-third of the U.S. produce market at risk, but fixing the problem will require a shift from industrial farms to local ones.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE



California’s Water Supply Could Dry Up Within a Year

California’s State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday expanded emergency regulations regarding the state’s use of water.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE



Heat Is On to Slow Expected Faster Rise in Temperatures

New research warns that emissions will make drought conditions even more extreme as our climate moves into a period of rapid change.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



Global Warming Raises Drought’s Threat to California

U.S. researchers say climate change, not random chance, is likely to be causing California’s long drought, one of the worst on record.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change a Probable Factor in Syria’s Conflict

Researchers say climate change probably caused the drought that affected Syria nearly a decade ago—and helped spark the country’s current civil war.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



Ancient Landscapes Point to Dramatic Climate Change

Scientists believe Chinese civilization could have been founded by climate refugees after the collapse of an Inner Mongolia-area culture over 4,000 years ago.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Big Cities Head for Water Crisis as Populations Explode

With more than half the world’s population now in cities, scientists warn that inadequate surface water supplies will leave many at increasing risk of drought.

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 READ MORE


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