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#101621
2014-10-24

Desert streams: Deceptively simple

Volatile rainstorms drive complex landscape changes in deserts, particularly in dryland channels, which are shaped by flash flooding.

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#101130
2014-09-29

Blistering Drought Leaves the Poorest High and Dry

COLOMBO, Sep 29 2014 (IPS) - The last time there was mud on his village roads was about a year ago, says Murugesu Mohanabavan, a farmer from the village of Karachchi, situated about 300 km north of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo.

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#100762
2014-09-04

Drought leaves up to 2.81 million hungry in Central America: U.N

(Reuters) - A severe drought has ravaged crops in Central America and as many as 2.81 million people are struggling to feed themselves, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, though the region's coffee crop has been largely unscathed.

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#100588
2014-08-25

When Land Restoration Works Hand in Hand with Poverty Eradication

SANGAREDDY, India, Aug 25 2014 (IPS) - Tugging at the root of a thorny shrub known as ‘juliflora’, which now dots the village of Chirmiyala in the Medak District of southern India’s Telangana state, a 28-year-old farmer named Ailamma Arutta tells IPS, “This is a curse that destroyed my land.”

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#100570
2014-08-22

A sprinkler won’t solve a drought: thinking big on water supply

The head of Water for People says the trickle down approach to water isn’t working and it’s time to turn up the pressure

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#100397
2014-08-08

Lake materializes in Tunisian desert

A lake has miraculously appeared in a desert region in southern Tunisia. Scientists are at a loss to explain how the water got there, and, as journalist Naveena Kottoor explains, they're warning locals to keep away.

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#100345
2014-08-04

Farming reforms offer hope for Iran's water crisis

DUBAI, Aug 3 (Reuters) - As a child, Mohammad Rahmanpour spent his summers swimming in Lake Orumieh in northwestern Iran - then the largest in the Middle East. In less than two decades, the saltwater lake has almost disappeared, leaving behind a hole in the ground.

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#100323
2014-07-31

Drought and Misuse Behind Lebanon’s Water Scarcity

In front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque, in a central but narrow street of Beirut, several tank trucks are being filled with large amounts of water. The mosque has its own well, which allows it to pump water directly from the aquifers that cross the Lebanese underground. Once filled, the trucks will ...

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#100264
2014-07-30

Drought in northern Kenya: 'Today you are rich, tomorrow you have nothing'

Prolonged dry spells push pastoralists to the brink of starvation as food prices soar and cattle raids spiral out of control

News Headlines
#100214
2014-07-29

Agriculture takes a beating in Henan province

In central China's Henan province, the drought is one of the most severe in history seen in the province.

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#100162
2014-07-24

Africa builds 'Great Green Wall' of trees to improve farmlands

Twenty African nations have banded together to build a monumental Great Green Wall of Africa - a forest of drought-resistant trees stretching across the edge of the Sahara Desert.

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#100040
2014-07-14

Australia drying caused by greenhouse gases and ozone

NOAA scientists have developed a new high-resolution climate model that shows southwestern Australia's long-term decline in fall and winter rainfall is caused by increases in manmade greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion, according to research published today in Nature Geoscience.

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#100029
2014-07-11

Nigeria: Presidency, Environment Ministry Unite to End Desertification

The office of the Special Assistant to the President on School Agricultural Programme and the Federal Ministry of Environment have pledged to work together to curb threats posed by desertification in the country.

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#99909
2014-06-30

Global warming makes drought come on earlier, faster, and harder

We all know that some climate change is natural, in fact, even without humans, the Earth’s climate changes. But, as we have added heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere, we have seen human influence “emerge” from natural variability.

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#99813
2014-06-24

Angola: Severe Desertification Threatens Biodiversity

The director general of the Acção para o Desenvolvimento Rural e Ambiente (ADRA), Belarmino Jelembi, said Monday in Luanda that a severe desrtification threatens the quality of biodiversity.

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#99814
2014-06-24

North Korea Army Mobilised as Rivers Run Dry in Worst Drought in Years

North Korea's rivers, streams and reservoirs are running dry in a prolonged drought, state media said on Monday, prompting the isolated country to mobilise some of its million-strong army to try to protect precious crops

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#99799
2014-06-23

How Australia's Perth is battling a water crisis

On the south-western coast of the world's driest inhabited continent sits a green, vibrant city that is defying a chronic lack of rain and warming temperatures.

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#99728
2014-06-18

A quarter of India’s land is turning into desert, environment minister says

About a quarter of India's land is turning to desert and degradation of agricultural areas is becoming a severe problem, the environment minister said, potentially threatening food security in the world's second most populous country.

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#99505
2014-06-05

Desertification: How UAE lands are under threat

“We are at a critical juncture now where governments, businesses and communities need to gear up to combat the growing incidence of lands changing into deserts and near desert-like conditions,” says Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson, Emirates Environmental Group (EEG).

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#97775
2014-02-25

East Africa: Pastoralist Aspirations Versus Policy in the Horn of Africa

Nairobi — Since the Horn of Africa drought of 2011 aid agencies have been working to understand the changes taking place in the drylands, hoping to better anticipate people's needs.

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#96579
2013-12-04

Study warns of catastrophic wildlife population collapse in Sahara

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. and British wildlife experts say the world's largest tropical desert, the African Sahara, has suffered a catastrophic collapse of its wildlife populations.

News Headlines
#96249
2013-11-06

Staying Alive in the High and Dry

Nov. 5, 2013 — The vast sagebrush landscapes of the western United States are one of the largest ecosystems in North America.

News Headlines
#96185
2013-11-01

Warming Will Disturb Balance of Soil Nutrients in Drylands, Make Drylands Less Productive

Oct. 30, 2013 — An increase in aridity due to global warming will disturb the balance of nutrients in the soil and reduce productivity of the world's drylands, which support

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#96029
2013-10-22

Angola 'in denial' over impact of severe drought

Government accused of playing down the crisis, which has affected 1.8 million people, to protect its economic reputation

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#95988
2013-10-17

Namibia: The Fight Against Desertification and Land Degradation Is Major Global Challenge

DESERTIFICATION, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity were identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development during the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.

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#95869
2013-10-08

Better land care may be worth US$1.4 trillion a year

Better management of degraded lands could deliver up to US$1.4 trillion a year in increased crop production, says a report presented at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification conference in Windhoek, Namibia, last month (24 September).

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#95823
2013-10-04

Namibia: UNCCD Cop11 Ends With Major Agreement

The eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP11) ended last Saturday with several major breakthroughs.

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#95656
2013-09-25

Namibia: China to Assist in Combating Land Degradation and Desertification

Windhoek — The Chinese government has shown interest in assisting Namibia in dealing with land degradation and desertification issues Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga, who is also the COP11 president, revealed yesterday.

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#95642
2013-09-24

Land is often taken for granted’ – Gnacadja

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pledged that the United Nations system stands ready to continue supporting Namibia’s efforts to mitigate the effects of the current drought and to build resilience.

News Headlines
#95609
2013-09-23

Heal the World

Windhoek - Desertification ranks among the greatest environmental challenges facing humankind, with global implications for bio-diversity, eco-safety, poverty-eradication, socio-economic stability and sustainable development.

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#95584
2013-09-19

Namibia: NAPs 'Too Slow to Address Land Degradation'

KEY instruments such as the National Action Programmes (NAPs) tasked with implementing the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification are too slow to address land degradation and the effects it has on communities.

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#95560
2013-09-17

Namibia: Land Degradation a Threat, Says Herunga

THE Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga, said land degradation is a significant threat to our developmental efforts and it is a threat we are committed to address.

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#95545
2013-09-16

Scarcity Reveals an Inaccessible Excess

NAIROBI, Sep 15 2013 (IPS) - For decades Zakayo Ekeno has walked Turkana County’s arid land, herding his livestock, and his father’s before that. Yet nothing about the persistently drought-stricken land in northern Kenya could have given him an indication of the wealth beneath it.

News Headlines
#95495
2013-09-11

Kenya water discovery brings hope for drought relief in rural north

Two vast underground aquifers seen by satellite technology in Turkana county may provide much-needed water for barren area

News Headlines
#95347
2013-08-30

Southern Africa: Region to Host Conference on Desertification

Namibia will host a major international conference in September to discuss land degradation and desertification.

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#95269
2013-08-26

Desert plantations could help capture carbon

Planting trees in coastal deserts could capture carbon dioxide, reduce harsh desert temperatures, boost rainfall, revitalise soils and produce cheap biofuels, say scientists.

News Headlines
#95212
2013-08-21

Growing veggies in the desert no longer a mirage

Desert-dwelling tribes have long survived on little more than dates and water. But now, the desert’s barren land can nourish much more than that - strawberries and tomatoes are also cropping up in some places.

News Headlines
#95157
2013-08-19

A Green Africa: The Reason for Hope

Africa is among the most drought-affected regions of the world, with some parts of the continent experiencing as many as nine prolonged dry spells in the three decades between 1974 and 2004.

News Headlines
#95158
2013-08-19

Deserts Can Save Forests’

It may take development of the deserts to save forests, say experts, who stress that desert ecology needs to be preserved and enhanced.

News Headlines
#95121
2013-08-14

Another Step Towards Halting Desertification – Analysis

When representatives of 194 States and the European Union, which are parties to one of the landmark global conventions, meet in the Namibian capital Windhoek from September 16 to 27, they will focus on intensifying efforts for ushering in a world free of poverty generating DLLD – desertification ...

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#94505
2013-07-05

Living Laboratory for Coping with Drought in Brazil

RIACHÃO DO JACUIPE, Brazil, Jul 4 2013 (IPS) - The first surprise on arriving at Abel Manto’s farm is how green it is, in contrast with the dry brown surroundings. His beans and fruit trees seem oblivious to the persistent drought in the semi-arid hinterland of northeast Brazil, the worst in 50 ...

News Headlines
#94300
2013-06-18

United Nations urges global efforts to respond to drought

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- United Nations officials say global action is needed to improve responses to the threat of drought around the world.

News Headlines
#93828
2013-05-22

Miracle in the Sahara: Oasis Sediments Archive Dramatic History

A marvel of nature, the lakes of Ounianga in the Sahara Desert have lasted thousands of years and withstood dramatic climate change. Now, a German geologist has analyzed lakebed sediments to shed light on a spectacular chapter in human history.

News Headlines
#93694
2013-05-15

Protecting Niger’s Desert Salt Pans

BILMA, Niger, May 15 2013 (IPS) - The Bilma community has mined the salt pans in the massive Ténéré desert region in northern Niger for centuries. But the threat of the ever-encroaching desert has become a real concern as locals here struggle to cope with a decline in salt prices

News Headlines
#93572
2013-05-08

Desertification affects 400m Chinese

Some 400 million Chinese people's livelihoods are affected by desertification, which takes up 27.46 percent of the total land area, said a forestry official on Tuesday.

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#93561
2013-05-07

Abrupt rain brings out rare butterflies

The earlier concerns of entomologists in Kuwait regarding the disappearance of a rare species of butterfly, Painted Ladies, has been put to rest by the recent bouts of rain, says Mohammed Marafie, Entomologist at Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources

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#93288
2013-04-17

African Nations Strive to Stem Desertification With a 'Great Green Wall'

Stretching from Dakar to Djibouti, a United Nations-backed programme dubbed the 'Great Green Wall' brings together 11 countries to plant trees across Africa to literally hold back the Sahara desert with a swathe of greenery, lessen the effects of desertification and improve the lives and livelih ...

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#93300
2013-04-17

Scientists struggling to put land degradation into SDGs

[BONN, GERMANY] Lack of data and poor communication by scientists may be keeping land degradation and desertification off the sustainable development agenda, experts warned the UN Convention to Combat Desertification's (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference last week (9–12 April).

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#93302
2013-04-17

Desertification crisis affecting 168 countries worldwide, study shows

Severe land degradation is now affecting 168 countries across the world, according to new research released by the UN Desertification Convention (UNCCD).

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#93280
2013-04-16

Developing nations have 'more to lose' from loss of drylands

[BONN, GERMANY] Developing countries have much more to lose from land degradation than developed ones, as the economic value of dryland ecosystems — determined by factors including food and raw material production, ecosystem services and tourism — is far greater there, according to a study.

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