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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

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Record breaking expanse of drought across US

46.84 percent of the US 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, 2002.Looking only at the 48 contiguous states, 55.96 percent of the

July 05, 2012


Iraq is fighting desertification with planting thousands of trees

Increasingly frequent sandstorms and salinization of the land is one of major environmental problems of Iraq, where decades of conflict have exacted a terrible environmental toll. The country's environment ministry estimated in 2009 that 39 percent of Iraq's surface

June 14, 2012

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Summer 2012 forecast for Europe

According to experts from AccuWeeather.com, much of Europe will be slightly warmer than normal this summer with the core of summer heat across southeast Europe into Ukraine. This will result in temperatures closer to normal in far western Europe. The overall

June 02, 2012


Semiarid regions of Texas and California could run out of groundwater in 30 years

More than one-third of US states in the southern Great Plains could run out of groundwater within the next 30 years according to a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Study finds that the two most important aquifers

June 02, 2012

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Rains swell dried-out Poyang Lake in China

In January 2012, we were writing about the dried-out beds of Poyang Lake in Jiangxi Province of southeastern China, where drought had shrunk the lake to a fraction of its former area. After a year of poor rainfall, the lake covered less than 188 square kilometers (73

May 24, 2012


Drought hits Spain's wheat crop

Spain has faced the driest winter ever recorded. It has raised red flags in Spain, where farmers face the threat of extreme  drought. Grain crops in Spain are suffering after an unusually dry autumn and winter. The amount of rainfall has been just half of normal in

May 12, 2012


Drought hits Angola's farms

A drought is threatening Angola's already modest food production, in a setback for efforts to revive once-vibrant farmlands abandoned during decades of war. The dry season that normally lasts only about three weeks in December has stretched to three months in parts of

May 09, 2012


Drought and low stream flows suspends Pennsylvania fracking operations

Low stream flows have forced officials to suspend water usage for the natural gas development (fracking) in portions of Pennsylvania. According to officials, the restrictions are applied to various streams when flow rates reach a certain threshold and do not wait for

April 20, 2012


China is entering the third year of an extreme drought

Parts of China are entering the third year of an extreme drought that has affected more than 7.8 million people and 4.6 million livestock. More than 2 million are struggling for access to clean drinking water with many having to travel many miles each day just to fill

April 10, 2012

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Drought spreading in Britain - drastic restrictions on water consumption

Drought  has put a squeeze on water supplies in parts of England and its now has begun to spread. It was underway in East and South East England earlier this year. As the drought-hit regions faced drastic restrictions on consumption, experts issued an extensive

April 01, 2012

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Frozen glaciers - prolonged cold wave in Pakistan caused fear of upcoming water shortage

Changing weather patterns with a prolonged cold wave lasting halfway through March may result in farmers sitting idle in Sindh rather than doing what they do best when the upcoming crop season starts.Water levels in Mangla and Tarbela reservoirs have reached an

March 16, 2012


Current California drought and future water supply

California's weather this year was marked by significant drought conditions that could have lasting implications on the state's water supply. Twelve months period over which hydrologic records are kept is measured from July 1 to June 30 and as of February 1, 2012, the

March 13, 2012


Amazon rainforest may be changing by human impacts on the region's weather

Human land use activity has begun to change the regional water and energy cycles - the interplay of air coming in from the Atlantic Ocean, water transpiration by the forest, and solar radiation - of parts of the Amazon basin. In addition, it shows that ongoing

January 20, 2012


Lake Poyang, China's largest freshwater lake parched

Cracks are seen on the dried riverbed of Poyang lake, China's largest freshwater lake, in Duchangcounty in East China's Jiangxi province. The surface water of the lake has shrunk toless than 200 square kilometers, one-twentieth of its

January 05, 2012