Category: Drought

Study finds human influence in the Amazon’s third 1-in-100 year drought since 2005


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Thursday, August 3, 2017 John Abraham Deforestation and climate change appear to be amplifying droughts in the Amazon If you are like me, you picture the Amazon region as an ever lush, wet, tropical region filled with numerous plant and animal species. Who would imagine the Amazon experiencing […]

Fight against El Niño effects on course in Zvishavane


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June 17, 2017 in National, News BY TAFADZWA UFUMELI ONE of Africa’s most eminent statesmen, the late Nelson Mandela, once said education was the only tool that could change the world. But for Tariro Chipawe, a Grade 6 pupil at Gwemombe Primary School, education almost seemed like a […]

Why Did This Once Thriving Lake Disappear?


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May 20, 2017 Sarah Gibbens Previously known for having vast blue-green waters, Lake Atescatempa is now little more than a few puddles of mud. The Lake That Slowly Vanished   Once known for its fish-filled waters, Lake Atescatempa in Guatemala has dried up, leaving nearby residents hungry and displaced. […]

El Nino looms large in 2017 with drought and strong typhoons forecast for Vietnam


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By VnExpress   March 24, 2017 The rainy season is likely to return later than usual this year, and summer will be hotter, a senior meteorologist said. Last year, El Nino-induced droughts, the worst in 30 years, hit Vietnam’s coffee crop, while water levels in the Mekong Delta food […]

Indian Ocean version of El Niño behind drought in East Africa


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UPFRONT  March 15, 2017 AN INDIAN Ocean phenomenon is partly to blame for the severe drought in East Africa, affecting maize and sorghum harvests and sending food prices soaring. A famine has been declared in South Sudan, while Kenya and Somalia have announced national emergencies. According to the […]

Global Water Partnership


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Global Competition for #YouthLed Projects: Flood & Drought Special 2/28/2017 The significance of engaging young people in the design and implementation of policies, plans and standards in Disaster Risk Reduction has been recognized by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The Youth Forum at the Budapest […]

Australia’s deadly relationship with heat


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By Phil Mercer BBC, Sydney January 31, 2017 As a homesick teenager in Britain in the early 1900s, the writer Dorothea Mackellar yearned for the “pitiless blue sky” of Australia. “I love a sunburnt country,” she declared in her timeless poem My Country, and more than a century […]