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Calif. officials see 'scary' drought outlook
click image to zoom The Drought Monitor map released on Jan. 9, 2014. One-third of the nation is in drought, marking what could be another dry year for states desperate for precipitation.
10th January 2014
Europe warned of severe drought by end of century
Drought could become a serious problem in Europe by the end of the century, scientists have warned.
10th January 2014
New study addresses trade-offs between food security and climate change mitigation
Improving crop yields using sustainable methods could cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 12% per calorie produced according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. At the same time, these changes could provide more food to people in need.
18th July 2013
Crop quality sliding due to too much or too little moisture
There is probably no surprise, but Monday's USDA Crop Progress and Condition Reports reflected the lateness of the crop and increasing stress for both corn and soybeans.
18th July 2013
Why Don't Farmers Believe in Climate Change? - The Slatest
If it isn't torrential downpours, then it's too dry. If there's one thing U.S. farmers can count on, it's bad weather, and perhaps as a result, many of them don't think humanity is to blame for the long-term shifts in weather patterns known as climate change. But even though agriculture is a major contributor to global warming, it may not matter whether farmers believe in the environmental problem.
18th July 2013
Drought conditions threatened as long, hot summer continues into another week
Gathering events benefit from sunshine
15th July 2013
Kenya: Smallholder Farmers Vulnerable to Climate Change
[IPS]Nairobi -With the country's food security and farmers' livelihoods at risk from climate change, Kenya has divergent policy options. One is reliant on deploying new technologies as well as improving and expanding use of fertilisers and pesticides; while the other would turn to indigenous knowledge and the country's natural biodiversity.
15th July 2013
Great Lakes crucial in water needs
Climate change and population growth are making the Great Lakes region's role as a global food producer more important as water shortages become more severe in other parts of the world.
15th July 2013
Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?
Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without water. We drink on average four liters of water per day, in one form or another, but the food we eat each day requires 2,000 liters of water to produce, or 500 times as much. Getting enough water to drink is relatively easy, but finding enough to produce the ever-growing quantities of grain the world consumes is another matter.
14th July 2013
U.S. Drought Grows for Fourth Week; South Driest in Weeks
U.S. drought conditions expanded for the fourth week in a row as dryness persisted in the western half of the country, including key crop states of Kansas and Nebraska, while conditions in the South reached their driest in two months, according to a weekly drought report.
14th July 2013
Cattle Herd at 60-Year Low Cuts Tyson Beef Margins
A third year of drought in Texas, the biggest U.S. cattle producer, is leaving the national herd at a six-decade low and Tyson Foods Inc. and Cargill Inc. fighting to boost margins amid excess slaughterhouse capacity.
14th July 2013
Droughts could hit food production in England in 2020s, report warns
Droughts could devastate food production in the England by the 2020s, according to a report from the government's official climate change advisers. Without action, increasingly hot and dry summers may mean farmers will face shortfalls of 50% of the water they currently use to grow crops. The report, from the climate change committee (CCC), also warns that current farming practices may be allowing the country's richest soils to be washed or blown away.
14th July 2013
Russian Grain Harvest Seen Below Government Target After Drought
The grain crop in Russia, projected to be among this season's five biggest wheat exporters, is set to fall below a government goal after drought hurt plants in some regions, according to the state weather agency.
9th July 2013
Water shortages for farmers 'will make Britain dependent on imported crops'
Farmers face a severe water shortage that could put a considerable extra strain on the nation's resources and make Britain increasingly reliant on imported crops, a government committee warns.
9th July 2013
Climate change's heat intensifies drought in the USA - USA TODAY
Special report: USA TODAY, in a series of stories this year, is exploring how climate change is affecting Americans. The fifth stop: The parched Austin area, epicenter of Texas' three-year drought.
9th July 2013

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