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Rainfall fell by 58% comparing to last year, water reductions in Tehran, Iran

Heatwave is scourging Iran bringing temperatures to alarming heights which, combined with the lack of rainfall, created drinking water shortages and reductions. Dr. Abbas Ranjbar, a faculty member of the Tehran-based meteorology research center said that the

July 29, 2013

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Hundreds of thousands affected by drought in Namibia

Namibian government declared a state of emergency on May 17, 2013 due to prolonged dry season which resulted in widespread crop failure across the country. About 780,000 people (approximately one third of Namibia’s entire population) are now classified as

July 27, 2013

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Report confirms 2013 New Zealand drought was most extreme on record

A comparative study on the 2013 New Zealand drought states that in some regions it was the most severe drought on record. Study also states that the cause was not El Niño but in fact slow-moving or ‘blocking’ high

July 26, 2013

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First decade of 21st century: unprecedented high-impact climate extremes since measurements began!

According to World Meteorological Organization (WMO) report The Global Climate 2001-2010, A Decade of Extremes Earth experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes in 2001 - 2010 since the measurements began in 1850. In that period more national

July 06, 2013

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Pacific’s Marshall Islands facing drought disaster

A drought has left areas of the Marshall Islands facing “dire” water shortages with aid agencies scrambling to ship relief to affected communities.  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) warned that unusually low rainfall in one of

May 09, 2013

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Severe droughts in Indian state of Maharashtra

Maharashtra, an Indian state, is facing one of the worst droughts in the past 40 years. Reports say severe droughts have prompted people to migrate to Mumbai and neighboring states of Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh from 3,905 villages in 12 districts of the

March 14, 2013

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Tigris and Euphrates rivers losing water reserves at a rapid pace

A large portion of the Middle East lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade. New data revealed already an arid region of Tigris-Euphrates Basin, which grows even drier due to human consumption of water for drinking and agriculture. The research team

March 13, 2013

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Long-term effects of megadrought on Amazonian forests

The rainforests in southern and western Amazonia may be showing the first signs of potential large-scale degradation due to climate change as Amazon rainforest continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, attributed to the long-term

January 19, 2013

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UK experienced its "weirdest" weather on record in the past few months, scientists say

In an article named "UK experiences 'weirdest' weather" environment analyst Roger Harrabin (BBC) states that the driest spring for over a century gave way to the wettest recorded April to June in a dramatic turnaround never documented before. The scientists said

October 20, 2012

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Food inflation to be driven by record-high mass slaughtering of farm animals

The price of food is about to get a whole lot higher as a result of the mass slaughter of cattle stocks worldwide, which itself is a result of persistent drought conditions that have caused a shortage of staple food items, and a subsequent spike in animal feed costs.

September 29, 2012

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Over 60% of US in a drought - facing one of financially most devastating natural disasters

With over 60% of the country in a drought, the U.S. is facing one of financially most devastating natural disasters in the last 30 years. Second only to the Great Dust Bowl of 1934, the lack of rain and moisture throughout the U.S. has led to over 1,600 counties in 32

August 31, 2012

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Access to water resources key for food security

Recurring droughts highlight need to better manage water resources and safeguard food security. Ongoing worldwide drought has hurt global grain production and contributed to food price spikes every other year since 2007.One of the key messages that FAO is

August 29, 2012

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Ancient Egypt: Study augments the drought theories

Recent research testifies archeological records of droughts in Ancient Egypt during the demise of Egypt's old kingdom, the era known as the pyramid-building time. A study of ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt's Nile Delta provides

August 24, 2012

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Extreme drought to blame for mass fish-die offs across US?

More than half of the continental U.S. is experiencing extreme drought conditions. Hot temperatures and lack of rain are causing heating and drying up of rivers and streams and killing thousands of fish in the process. According to Division of Fisheries, the rivers'

August 10, 2012

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State of emergency declared in Missouri, USA

Missouri Governor Nixon declared a state of emergency on July 23, 2012 due to prolonged severe heat and  drought.Governor explained in his statement that the emergency was declared because of public health, agricultural and fire risk concerns.Executive Order

July 24, 2012

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Toshka Lakes in Egypt show signs of rapid drying

Egypt’s Toshka Lakes were created in the 1980s and 1990s by the diversion of water from Lake Nasser through a manmade canal into the Sahara Desert. Flooding of the Toshka Depression created four main lakes with a maximum surface area of about 1450 square

July 16, 2012

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Record-breaking expanse of drought across US

Analysis of the latest US drought monitor data revealed that 46.84 percent of the nation's land area is in various stages of drought, up from 42.8 percent a week ago. Previous records were 45.87 percent in drought on Aug. 26, 2003, and 45.64 percent on Sept. 10,

July 11, 2012