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Climate Change Heralds End of Civilizations

New research supports the growing body of evidence that many past civilizations have collapsed because of climate change. So is history repeating itself?

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE



Warming Threatens to Cut Crop Yields

The odds on food production being unable to meet the needs of an expanding population are hard to predict, but a new study shows that the risk increases dramatically when man-made climate change is factored in.

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Pakistan Ill-Prepared for Climate Crises

Evidence that shifting weather patterns are adding to flooding and drought emergencies in Pakistan has not stirred the government into preparing for disaster management, climate seminar delegates say.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



Rising Heat Hits Indian Wheat Crop

Satellite imaging highlights the growing need to change agricultural practices in South Asia as higher average temperatures cause the reduction of crop yields on the Indo-Gangetic plain.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Faces Deadly Cost for Climate Inaction

A study by the European Commission spells out the probable cost to the continent of failing to act to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE



Gene Machinery Helps Plants Handle CO2 Rise

The discovery by U.S. biologists of how plants respond to increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere could provide agricultural scientists with new tools to engineer crops that can deal with droughts and high temperatures.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE



South Asia Slow to Act on Water Threats

A study of the five countries sharing and relying on the Indian subcontinent’s great rivers shows that Bangladesh is the only one that is taking climate change seriously.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Puts U.S. at Risk of Multibillion Dollar Bill

U.S. government and business are warned that climate change could cost the economy billions of dollars because of the increasing risk of property damage, reduced harvests and workers incapacitated by extreme heat.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Drinking Urine the Answer to California’s Drought?

It may sound a bit unpalatable, but pee may be a better option for the Golden State than the desalination of ocean water.

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U.S. Corn’s Gravy Train Faces Derailment

Corn produced annually in the U.S. is estimated to be enough to fill a freight train stretching around the world, but climate change and unsustainable use of water resources and fertilizers threaten the industry.

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Rain Forest Tribes Seek World Cup Spotlight

Leaders of indigenous tribes in the Amazon rain forest seek to use the global spotlight on the soccer World Cup in Brazil to publicize the plea for recognition of their lands and an end to dam building and deforestation.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



Help Needed Now for Climate Refugees

A United Nations University report urges governments worldwide to draw up plans urgently to avoid conflict and insecurity by helping populations that are being forced to move because of climate change.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Faces Cereals Crop Crash

Europe’s wheat and barley yields could be heading for a 20 percent drop as a result of temperature rise and an increase in extreme weather.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



Drought Fuels World Cup Blackout Fears

Matches in the football World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil in two weeks, could be hit as the country’s worst drought in decades is severely reducing hydropower energy supplies.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



Ocean Winds Put Heat on Australia

Winds of change caused by greenhouse gases in the Southern Ocean are keeping Antarctica cold but parching Australia by “stealing” more of its rainfall.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Worries Insurers and Military

Powerful voices in finance and the armed forces are warning of risks of increasingly extreme weather events causing billions of dollars of damage and potentially igniting humanitarian disasters and regional conflicts.

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE



Droughts May Slash U.S. Maize Gains

Scientists warn that high yields in America’s Corn Belt states could drop by up to 30 percent as crops become increasingly sensitive to droughts and hot, dry air in a warming climate.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



Coffee Is on a High

There’s concern in the international markets over what’s happening to coffee production, under attack by drought, disease and rising temperatures.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE



Western U.S. Faces Worsening Wildfires

Drought and warmth are expected to mark winters in the Western U.S., researchers say, while abnormally cold weather will make the East and Southeast unusually wintry.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



Drought Adds to Syria’s Misery

The hunger-ravaged people of Syria have a long period of drought to blame for their ordeal. And that, experts think, is a result of the changing regional climate.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE


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Climate Change Is Destroying California, Obama Promises to Help

Look at a satellite photo of the continental United States these past couple of months and you’ll quickly notice that the country has an identity crisis.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE


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Drought Will Worsen One Day Somewhere

Although a new research project confirms that drought —and floods—will affect the world more severely during this century, uncertainty persists over who will suffer, and when.

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Warmer Climate Will Hit Volta River Levels

The cost of climate change for one of West Africa’s most densely populated regions is likely to be severe, with food, energy supplies and industrial growth all at risk.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Double Disasters Batter Pacific Islands

An escalating crisis caused by the simultaneous disasters of floods and drought is threatening the Marshall Islands, leading the Pacific nation’s government to appeal to world leaders for action on climate change.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE


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Congressional Carnivores Rage Over ‘Meatless Monday’

America is suffering through the worst drought since 1950, so taking one day a week off from meat-eating seems like the absolute least we should be willing to do.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Drought Belts the Breadbasket

Almost 30 percent of the American Midwest—the area that produces most of the country’s corn, soybeans and livestock—is suffering an escalation of its most extreme drought in five decades.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Political Scientist: Patriot Act Blocked Aid to Somalis

Humanitarian groups withheld aid from Somalis suffering the effects of a severe drought that killed tens of thousands and displaced more than a million people last year out of fear that their assistance would amount to material support for regional terrorists under the U.S. Patriot Act, a Davidson College professor says.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE



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The Age of Thirst in the American West

Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE


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Picturing Climate Change in Your County

The National Resources Defense Council has given us a view from above on extreme temperature, smog and allergen pollution, drought and flood vulnerability in the United States for select periods over the last two decades. (more)

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 READ MORE



National Weather Service

Careful What You Pray For, Texas

Texas is suffering through one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, and things have gotten so bad that news of a tropical storm—that thing just below a hurricane on the bad-weather scale—is being greeted with cautious optimism. Texas Gov. Rick Perry named three days in April “Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas.” (more)

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE



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U.N. Declares Famine in Somalia

The U.N. on Wednesday declared the first official famine of the 21st century. The designation was applied to war-torn Somalia, where tens of thousands of people—mostly children—have died of malnutrition.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Millions at Risk in Africa Drought

With malnutrition already well past dangerous levels, some 10 million Africans will face extreme hunger over the next few months as the threat of famine floats across West Africa amid a drought that killed off last year’s crops and has left the region’s agricultural economy in ruins.

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE



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China Dries Up

A drought in southwestern China, where it has not rained in more than five months, is putting a damper on the lives of 50 million people, while costing the national economy $3 billion and leaving more than 20 million people without enough potable water.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE


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In Dry Times, India Will Import Food

A dry spell in India’s usual monsoon season has had a dramatic effect on food prices and availability, affecting more than 700 million people in the world’s second most populous country. With its farmers hit hard by the drought, India is forced to begin importing food to make up for the shortages.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE



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California Feels the Heat

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made it official: California is in a drought. It’s the first official drought declaration for the Golden State in 17 years. Schwarzenegger has threatened water rationing to protect the state’s $32 billion agriculture industry.

Posted on Jun 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Climate Crisis Threatens Billions

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that the climate crisis could afflict billions of people, especially the poor, with food and water shortages, drought and flooding. “For the first time, we are no longer arm-waving with models; this is empirical data,” explained one of the panel’s leading scientists.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


Britain's international development secretary, Hilary Benn, looks at a malnourished child at Wajir district hospital, 800 kilometers (497 miles) north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi,  on Tuesday, Jan. 17, during a visit to assess the famine situation and health facilities in the area.
Thomas Mukoya / AP

Food Shortages Put Millions of Kenyans in Peril

The poorest parts of the country can’t even buy food surpluses from Kenya’s own farmers. | story

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


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