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Drought

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Coverage of drought since July 31, 2021.

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B.C. wildfire update: Massive White Rock Lake fire continues to challenge crews Globalnews.ca

"...The White Rock Lake fire received some precipitation over the past 48 hours. However, the BC Wildfire Service said given the drought conditions, the minimal precipitation provided only a short reprieve. A weak southwest flow will bring drier, warmer air back to the region on Tuesday, quickly drying out forest fuels..."

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Drought May Cause Wildlife To Move To More Developed Areas

"... With the warm weather we have been receiving, the ministry of environment is letting residents know that there will be less suitable habitats for some species in periods of drought due to a loss of water and plant growth..."

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4 ways extreme heat hurts the economy

"...Summer 2021 will likely be one of the hottest on record as dozens of cities in the American West experience all-time high temperatures. The extreme heat being felt throughout many parts of the United States is causing hundreds of deaths, sparking wildfires and worsening drought conditions in over a dozen states..."

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Are wells really drying up in southeastern Manitoba?

"...There are almost no two places the same in terms of their water quality on that aquifer, and they're all driven by the recharge and the discharge dynamics that are occurring on the aquifer..."

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Dry conditions remind central Alberta farmers of 2002 drought

"...Drought-like conditions and lack of rainfall this season is affecting farmers across central Alberta. (File photo by The Canadian Press)..."

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$50k in fines issued to scofflaws since B.C.-wide campfire ban

"...Despite drought conditions and two heat waves this summer, conservation officers say an increasing number of British Columbians are breaking the rules and starting campfires..."

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More heat, less compost

"...“We haven’t really put out a whole lot of education on that yet, we’re going to. We can food waste from the house, but there are some things you can’t put in there. We’re working on that list, and I guess it’s more important now than ever because it would have added to the compost..."

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B.C. Wildfire Service welcoming cooler conditions

"...The province has been battling drought-like conditions, as the Lower Mainland went 46 days in a row without significant rainfall..."

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Saturday’s brief rainfall had little impact on the drought, but expert says wetter days are coming soon in Metro Vancouver

"...VANCOUVER -- Metro Vancouver saw some rain showers Saturday morning, but according to Environment Canada, it’s not yet clear if it was enough to officially end the region’s 45-day streak without measurable rain..."

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Morden declares extreme drought conditions

"...Baragar says direct agriculture — crop and livestock production — make up about five percent of Manitoba's GDP, but there's a lot more to the industry that people may not think about. “When you add the transportation, fertilizer and all the other industries that provide other inputs for agriculture like farm machinery. And then all the industries that use agricultural outputs as their own inputs like food processing, ethanol and stuff like that..."

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Four Dead From ‘Worst On Record’ Cyprus Fire

"...Ultimately, climate change has short and long term implications for international peace and security. In the short term, climate change threatens human security. For example, in Cyprus, those whose livelihoods depended on the region will now likely face income instability while waiting for it to regrow..."

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Drought level designation added to a Nelson water source by province

"...BCRFC ranks drought levels from zero to five, with drought level five rated as the most severe, with “adverse impacts to socioeconomic or ecosystem values being almost certain. ”..."

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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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Jobs in drought

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Tenure Track Position - Tier II Canada Research Chair - School of Climate Change and Adaptation - Faculty of Science

"...precision agriculture especially drainage and drought management; and/or (v) climate data analysis of extreme events and their impacts, would complement existing research interests and expertise..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention drought.

Nuclear power benefits and risks; and drought season

Duration: 37:00

"..., our panelists look at the benefits and risks of nuclear power, attempting to find where the balance should lie between necessary safety precautions and overburdensome regulations..."

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Cow/calf producers in drought-stricken areas facing looming feed cliff

Duration: 14:27

"...Drought is hitting areas on the eastern side of the prairies hard, and unless weather patterns change, ranchers in many cases will be hitting a wall as feed supplies dry up, as early as July..."

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Crystal Kolden: Prepping For Wildfire Season

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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Wheat Pete's Word, June 2: Frost, drought, replants, and more than one insect alert

Duration: 18:55

"...Huge areas of Ontario saw frost over the weekend, in some cases as low as -7 degrees C..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about drought.

Let’s Talk GMOs with a GMO Scientist (w/ Larry Gilbertson, Bayer Crop Sciences)

"...And somewhere along the way, genetics and food got a bad rap, so much so that many people are openly campaigning against bioengineering of plants..."

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Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."

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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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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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Academic Research

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

Diversifying Chile’s climate action away from industrial plantations

"...Diversification, however, must guarantee Chile's long-term carbon sequestration capacity without compromising the ecological functionality of biodiverse tree-less habitats and native forest ecosystems..."

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A superweed in the making: adaptations of Parthenium hysterophorus to a changing climate. A review

"...We establish that (1) parthenium weed plants morphologically and physiologically adapt to sustain or promote their growth, fecundity, competitive ability, and allelopathic effect under most climate change scenarios; (2) climate change elements can reduce the relative vigor of neighboring plants, especially C4 grasses, in competition with parthenium weed, providing this invasive species a competitive edge; (3) elevated [CO2] has the most pronounced positive effect on parthenium weed performance compared to other climate change elements; (4) the efficacy of a widely used herbicide, glyphosate, may be reduced on parthenium weed grown under elevated [CO2]; (5) mixed effects have been reported for biological control agents, with some losing ground, while others are maintaining or improving their efficacy; and (6) a greater risk of spread and range expansion under sustained climate change will pose greater challenges for management in natural and managed ecosystems..."

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Evaluating growth and intrinsic water-use efficiency in hardwood and conifer mixed plantations

"...Key message Juglans, Fraxinus, Quercus and Pinus species seem to better maximize the carbon?water ratio providing useful indications on species selection for forestry plantations in areas with increasing drought risk..."

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Land use land cover modeling using optimized machine learning classifiers: a case study of Shiraz, Iran

"...It should be noticed that recent droughts caused by global climate change and, on the other hand, population growth have increased the rate of urbanization in Iran..."

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Growth resilience of Austrocedrus chilensis to drought along a precipitation gradient in Patagonia, Argentina

"...Consequently, an increase in the intensity and frequency of drought events suggested by future climate change scenarios could affect the carbon reservoirs related to Patagonian forests and their ecosystem services to people..."

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Assessment of non-monetary facilities in Urmia Lake basin under PES scheme: a rehabilitation solution for the dry lake in Iran

"...This study was conducted to assess the technical and economic employability of a payment for ecosystem services (PES) method as a policy tool to improve water resources management of Siminehroud river basin which is the most important tributary of Urmia Lake basin..."

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Coping with climate shocks: The complex role of livestock portfolios

"...The effects of climate change are alarming, with projections suggesting that weather events will become more extreme and frequent, affecting households in regions that are already highly vulnerable..."

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The angriest summer on record: Assessing canopy damage and economic costs of an extreme climatic event

"...This research highlights the importance of careful planning to ensure urban forest resilience and economic sustainability in the face of climate change..."

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Soybean Crop Non-beneficial Insect Identification Using Mask RCNN

"...However, agriculture is a labor-intensive job and is prone to natural disasters like drought, scanty rainfall, and pest attacks..."

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Footprint Analysis of Sugarcane Bioproducts

"...Global warming and the generation of greenhouse gases are strongly pushing anthropocentric activities to develop methodological frameworks for measurement such as the ecological, carbon and water footprint and to apply or develop novel technologies to determine key points to drastically reduce their impacts..."

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Climate variability and rural livelihood sustainability: evidence from communities along the Black Volta River in Ghana

"...In addition, respondents observed drought, flood, poverty/famine, pest and disease, poor crop yield and bush fires as major climate variability-induced shocks and stresses they experienced over the last one decade..."

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Microbiome for sustainable agriculture: a review with special reference to the corn production system

"...However, studies on the microbiome in revolutionary production systems like conservation agriculture and protected cultivation, which use lesser agrochemicals, are limited and if exploited can provide valuable input in sustainable agriculture production..."

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