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Coverage of drought since April 7, 2021.

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Wildsight speaks out against logging in Columbia Wetlands

"...The report states that Canfor’s forest management practices play a key role in helping to sequester carbon by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as dead and dying trees that are normally the target of bark beetles are not able to contribute to carbon sequestration..."

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The Anthropocene Is Overrated

"...There is every reason to be alarmed about anthropogenic climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss, all of which have been accelerating in recent decades and do pose existential threats. Warming trends could cause the collapse of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets that would dramatically increase sea levels by dozens of feet by the end of this century. If that happens, say goodbye to New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Mumbai, London, Istanbul, Dubai, St..."

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City of Winnipeg, non-profit, working to diversify battered tree canopy

"...From the massive 2019 snowstorm, to invasive species, Dutch Elm Disease, and drought, it seems Winnipeg's trees just can't catch a break. Global News reporter Malika Karim brings us the latest on efforts to maintain and restore the urban tree canopy..."

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US intelligence warns of dire climate consequences that biotech could ease

"...The 156-page “Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World” report, produced by the National Intelligence Council (NIC), predicts there will be more extreme storms, droughts and floods, as well as melting glaciers and ice caps. Rising sea levels will also accompany rising temperatures. The impact will disproportionately fall on the developing world and poorer regions and intersect with environmental degradation to create new vulnerabilities and exacerbate existing risks to economic prosperity, food, water, health and energy security..."

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Drought-induced mortality of conifers

"...The extreme summer drought of 2018 was a special situation for both nature and scientists. It was very hard on the forest. At the same time, it offered researchers from the Universities of Basel (Switzerland) and Würzburg (Germany) the opportunity to study the reaction of trees to this climatic phenomenon..."

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Agricultural trade across US states can mitigate economic impacts of climate change

"...URBANA, Ill. - Agricultural producers deal firsthand with changing weather conditions, and extreme events such as drought or flooding can impact their productivity and profit. Climate change models project such events will occur more often in the future..."

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Tree hydraulics and water relations: Why trees die as a result of drought

"...Shortly afterwards, the heatwave of summer 2018 descended. "This was a unique opportunity for us," says forest scientist Dr. Matthias Arend, a member of Kahmen's research group and the lead authors of the study..."

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Research reveals household water consumption changes during lockdown

"...Halidu Abu-Bakar, PhD researcher in the Cranfield Centre for Competitive Creative Design, Cranfield University, said: "The COVID-19 lockdown has instigated significant changes in household behaviour across a variety of categories including water consumption, which in the south and east regions of England is at an all-time high. The impact of the extended time people stayed at home under the lockdown and the ensuing changes in behaviour arising from this led to an increase in household water demand, exacerbating existing pressure on network water supply..."

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LETTER: People must change their actions to slow global warming, Langley student writes

"...This is increasing global temperature, warming up our earth and is resulting in climate change. Climate change is causing floods, droughts, storms, hurricanes, wildfires, and it's going to be a lot more frequent and intense. Glaciers have already begun to melt, just a few days ago, in India, a glacier melted unexpectedly which flooded the area, causing a lot of people to lose their lives..."

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Crops could face double trouble from insects and a warming climate

"...A study by researchers in 2018 predicted that each degree of global warming will increase crop loss from insects by 10% to 25% because insect populations and their appetites surge in warm temperatures. Other climate-related variables, including prolonged droughts or floods, are likely to compound those losses..."

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Volunteers clean up highly-polluted Bolivian lake

"...A major drought and pollution drastically reduced the size of a Bolivian lake, but volunteers are trying to make it beautiful again..."

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LETTER: Langley student powers through assignment on climate change

"...Did you know that the energy industry handles over 70 per cent of our CO2 emissions yearly? So, it is my honest opinion that the first thing we should do to start solving is revolutionize our energy industry. However it is hard to know which energy sources are the cleanest and the safest. Which is what I am going to talk about today..."

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The Journeys of Trees

A Story about Forests, People, and the Future

"...When new trees sprout in the same direction, the whole forest begins to migrate, sometimes at astonishing rates. These are the insights of lively people on conservation’s front lines, from an ecologist studying droughts to an evolutionary evangelist; as well as activists, biologists, and foresters, each with their own role to play in the fight for the uncertain future of our environment..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention drought.

Corn School: Yield-boosting strategies heading into a dry year

Duration: 6:35

"...Precipitation, in both the frozen and liquid form, has been scarce in a large part of the northern corn growing areas of North America, creating the prospect of planting into a possible drought..."

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RealAg LIVE! with Eric Snodgrass on flash droughts and spring forecasts

Duration: 36:39

"...There are few things as popular for farmers to discuss than the weather..."

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RealAg Radio, Dec 8: Drought improvement, protein industry progress, and the latest in BRM reform

Duration: 54:43

"...We?ve got a great RealAg Radio show for you today..."

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RealAg Radio, July 27: Eastern drought, post-anthesis scouting, and parasitoid insects

Duration: 55:10

"...Holy moly, it’s somehow the last Monday in July already..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about drought.

The Fight For Water - Kenya's Cattle Wars | Giving Nature A Voice | Free Documentary Nature

"...In the lawless wilderness of northern Kenya, where pastoralists graze their cows, well-armed herders are forced to compete for diminishing grasslands in this era of climate change..."

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Climate change in the Antarctic | DW Documentary

"...The scientists who work at this outpost in Antarctica are studying the effects of climate change -- under extreme conditions..."

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Dr. Wayne Honeycutt: Comprehensive Strategy for Advancing Soil Health

"...An abundance of research shows that practices designed to improve soil health also reduce nutrient loss to waterways, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration, increase drought resilience, enhance yield stability, increase biodiversity, enhance pollinator/wildlife habitat, and provide many other benefits..."

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Burning Pantanal | What’s Behind the Fire?

"...Human activity such as deforestation and cattle ranching is encroaching on this precious ecosystem and causing it permanent damage..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about drought relevant to the latest news.

Developing a set of indicators to identify, monitor, and track impacts and change in forests of the United States

"...United States forestland is an important ecosystem type, land cover, land use, and economic resource that is facing several drivers of change including climatic..."

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Perception of climate change and adaptation strategies in tea plantations of Assam, India

"...Adaptive measures executed to combat climate change included rainwater harvesting, irrigation, afforestation, biodiversity conservation, soil mulching and creation of wind barriers..."

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Upcycling wildfire-impacted boreal peats into porous carbons that efficiently remove phenolic micropollutants

"...Boreal peatlands are increasingly damaged due to climate change-induced wildfires and droughts, which lead to increased run-off and impeded forest regrowth..."

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Factors influencing dryland agricultural productivity

"...Our review finds that given the climatic and environmental threats to agricultural productivity suitable solutions such as improved research and resource management can lead to increased production for food security and even commercialization..."

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Divergent effects of drought and nitrogen deposition on microbial and arthropod soil communities in a Mediterranean forest

"...Complex interactions among factors of global change may therefore hinder our ability to predict their effects on soil biodiversity and associated consequences for ecosystem functioning..."

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Climate, drought and hydrology drive narrow-leaved ash growth dynamics in southern European riparian forests

"...These ecosystems are exposed to land-use changes threatening their reduced habitat and by global warming, which is already triggering aridification processes..."

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Groundwater resource exploration & development – Focus on groundwater to support surface water supply in the lower Olifant

"...The 2016–2018 extreme drought experienced throughout the greater Lower Olifants River Water Management Area, was anticipated in prior years due to projected climate change patterns, and recently, the need for groundwater resource development called upon..."

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Projection of future extreme precipitation in Iran based on CMIP6 multi-model ensemble

"...Extreme precipitation is the leading cause of the flood, soil erosion, and drought with significant socioeconomic impacts on human resources..."

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Climate change-induced disasters and cultural heritage: Optimizing management strategies in Central Europe

"...Due to climate change, it is foreseen that the frequency and magnitude of extreme climate events such as heavy precipitation, flooding and drought will increase throughout Europe..."

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The application of environmental isotopes to conceptualize groundwater recharge in a coastal aquifer system: Case study of the W

"...Knowledge of natural recharge mechanisms of the West Coast Aquifer is vital for the implementation of water resource management strategies, which would secure groundwater resources for the region..."

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