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Iran's largest lake turning to salt

 The long popular lake, home to migrating flamingos, pelicans and gulls, has shrunken by 60 percent and could disappear entirely in just a few years, experts say — drained by drought, misguided irrigation policies, development and the damming of rivers

May 26, 2011

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Severe drought closes Yangtze river to shipping

Drought on China's Yangtze river has led to historically low water levels that have forced authorities to halt shipping on the nation's longest waterway. The water level along the lower reaches of the river near the city of Wuhan was just above three metres (10

May 15, 2011

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Water shortages and biodiversity loss in Himalayas affect villagers

In the last few decades, farmers in the heavily-forested Darjeeling Hills of the Himalayas in India and Nepal have noticed something strange. Rivers and streams are drying up, crop yields are plummeting, and trees have begun to flower long before spring arrives. The

April 29, 2011

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North Yorkshire water reservoir almost dry?!

A picturesque reservoir has been reduced to dried, cracked mud and a splash of water after the prolonged dry spell. The Cod Beck reservoir near Osmotherley, North Yorkshire, can now be walked across, and water suppliers are urging people to use water

April 29, 2011

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Europe is facing the worst drought in century

Traditional Easter fairs in the east and the north of the Netherlands have been cancelled because of the risk of fires posed by the extraordinarily dry weather affecting northern Europe. In the eastern half of the country, one of Europe's biggest traders, outdoor

April 24, 2011

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Texas fires: 828 structures and 1,779,788 acres consumed by 6,057 fires

Nightmarish wildfires in Texas have scorched almost two million acres and destroyed nearly thousand homes. The fires have now been raging for more than a week in Texas, so far burning through 1.4 million acres of land and racking up more than $8million in containment

April 21, 2011

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US farmers threaten by worst drought since 1930's

Rainfall over the next six weeks or so will be extremely critical. A drier-than-normal forecast through May does not bode well. Any hits to U.S. agriculture amid rising food and gas prices will only add to the strain on the wallets of families and individuals across

April 15, 2011

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Cuba is dealing with the worst drought in 50 years

Cuba is facing its worst drought in half a century, with tens of thousands of families almost entirely reliant on water trucks for essential supplies.The drought started two years ago, and reservoirs are now down to a fifth of their normal levels. The government is prov

April 15, 2011

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Oklahoma experiencing worst drought conditions since 1921

Wildfires have burned thousands of acres in the past month as the state of Oklahoma and its farmers struggle with a severe drought. Oklahoma was drier in the four months following Thanksgiving than it has been in any similar period since 1921.Drought and high

April 07, 2011

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NASA Satellites Detect Extensive Drought Impact On Amazon Forests

Last year record-breaking drought caused widespread reductions in the greenness of Amazon forests. A new  NASA-based study has revealed that the level of Amazonian vegetation decreased dramatically over an area more than three and one-half times the size of Texas. It

April 01, 2011

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Deadly heatwaves will be more frequent in coming decades

A new study warns that 'mega-heatwaves' like the one estimated to have killed tens of thousands in western Europe in 2003 will become up to 10 times more likely over the next 40 years. The new analysis revealed that heatwave that scorched eastern Europe in 2010,

March 21, 2011

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Groundwater vanishing in Central Valley

Over-pumping is pulling vast and unsustainable amounts of groundwater from the heart of California farming, the Central Valley, a new UC Irvine satellite study shows – with enough lost over four years to fill two-thirds of Lake Mead. The phenomenon shows no...

March 11, 2011

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Records smashed as Perth continues to heat

Authorities are bracing for worse to come as the record-breaking run of hot weather enveloping Perth is set to continue well after the official end of summer. The city has already experienced its longest-ever run of nights where the minimum temperature did not fall

March 01, 2011

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2010 - A year of extremes in Changing Climate

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology's Annual Climate Summary for 2010, released yesterday, confirms the year was one of extremes for many parts of the country.Key points include: *The year, which began with El Nino conditions in the Pacific before rapidly

March 01, 2011

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Water demand will 'outstrip supply by 40% within 20 years'

Water demand in many countries will exceed supply by 40 per cent within 20 years due to the combined threat of climate change and population growth, scientists have warned. A new way of thinking about water is needed as looming shortages threaten communities,

February 28, 2011