US farmers threaten by worst drought since 1930’s

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

Cuba is dealing with the worst drought in 50 years

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

Oklahoma experiencing worst drought conditions since 1921

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

NASA Satellites Detect Extensive Drought Impact On Amazon Forests

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

Deadly heatwaves will be more frequent in coming decades

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,

Groundwater vanishing in Central Valley

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…

Records smashed as Perth continues to heat

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

2010 – A year of extremes in Changing Climate

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

Water demand will ‘outstrip supply by 40% within 20 years’

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,