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Coverage of drought since November 16, 2023.

Drought took big bite out of BC Hydro revenue

"...Drought this year took a big bite out of BC Hydro revenues, public documents show..."


Farmers suggest more drought precautions following provincial budget hit

"...“We need to do some work on the livestock side so that we aren't having these AgriRecovery settlements that aren't budgeting for so that we get a little bit better, sweeter programs to protect the livestock producer when they have issues that come up whether it be drought or disease to ensure that they have the coverage that they require. ”According to the Water Security Agency (WSA) freeze-up report, if the province doesn't see extreme amounts of snowfall this winter, the drought will continue into spring and summer 2024. “There is, however, concern of surface water supply issues in the southwest if winter snowfall is below average,” read a release from the WSA..."


Alberta set for $5.5B budget surplus, despite big fire, flood and drought expenses

"...Alberta's budget surplus is growing but will be offset by more than $1 billion this year to pay for floods, forest fires and drought..."


Significant snowfalls needed to end Saskatchewan drought: WSA

"...Significant snowfalls will be needed to end Saskatchewan's drought, according to the 2023 freeze-up report from the Water Security Agency (WSA)..."


B.C. local leaders ponder lawsuit against ‘big oil’ over climate change

"...However, he said recouping costs being borne by communities is a valuable issue to pursue as he said fossil fuel consumption is the biggest influencer of climate change, plus the corresponding severe weather events that are getting more frequent and intense..."


We should listen to a renowned scientist’s warning on climate change

"...In recent years, Dr. Hansen has argued that the scientific consensus, as reflected in the voluminous reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), greatly underestimates the rate and magnitude of future warming. Earlier this month, he and 17 colleagues forcefully stated their case in a peer-reviewed paper, Global Warming in the Pipeline, published by a University of Oxford journal..."


Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park at risk with reservoir option: Foundation CEO

"...Another option is decommissioning the existing Ghost Dam and relocating it. A third option would be to create a dam near Morley on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. “The challenge we have with this project is it actually would offer the least value of the alternatives,” Farkas said..."


B.C. stream watchers link coho salmon kill to tire toxin and drought

"...Coho salmon swim after being released from a hatchery. (National Marine Fisheries Service/Southwest Fisheries Science Center; Salmon Ecology Team photo)..."


B.C. stream watchers link 'unprecedented' coho salmon kill to tire toxin and drought

"...He and others suspect the culprit in the “unprecedented” kill in late October could have been a chemical found in tires that has previously been associated with coho deaths, coupled with B. C. 's drought..."


CRD to vote on studying impact of joining lawsuit against ‘big oil' firms

"...ExxonMobil’s public statements were contradictory to its own scientists finding, in the 1970s, that fossil fuel use would cause climate change. A study released this year in the journal Science found the company’s modelling accurately predicted the rate of global warming that would occur each decade in response to rising atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations..."


B.C. Christmas tree growers facing another tough year

"...The effects of climate change are being felt elsewhere as well, as farms grapple with prolonged drought. Story continues below advertisement..."


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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.

STO-RE 24R - Drought Response Specialist

"...watersheds, meaningful reconciliation and integrated resource management decisions to this exciting opportunity! The Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship is responsible for the..."

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STO-RE 24R - Authorizations Specialist - Water

"...groundwater protection, drought planning and response, flood hazard management, and monitoring and forecasting..."

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Hydrologist / Water Scientist

"...Job Requirements Critical attributes for this role include strong technical and communication skills, an analytical focus with attention to..."

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LSO 2A (OTHR) - Licensed Authorizations Officer-Water: Posting Extended

"...The work is primarily office based with some opportunity for site visits and stream flow monitoring during the drought season..."

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Recent episodes that mention drought.

Awaited AgriRecovery funding announced for livestock producers affected by drought and wildfires in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and

Duration: 7:54

"...The federal government, along with the provincial governments of Alberta, B. C. , and Saskatchewan, have announced a total commitment of $365 million for AgriRecovery programs to help livestock producers affected by drought and wildfires this past summer..."


Cautious optimism for the west, and a quick turn to cooler temps: a weather outlook for fall

Duration: 14:56

"...After multiple years of drought, could relief finally be on the horizon for farmers in Western Canada? According to Nutrien's senior meteorologist Andrew Pritchard, the shift away from La Niña conditions means the deck is no longer stacked against above-average precipitation in the Prairies this winter..."


Federal and provincial officials still working on rollout of AgriRecovery program for drought-stricken livestock producers

Duration: 11:04

"...Details on anticipated AgriRecovery programs to assist drought-stricken livestock producers in Alberta and Saskatchewan could be coming soon — possibly in the next week, according to Saskatchewan's agriculture minister..."


RealAg on the Weekend: Crop yields, India and politics, and an AgriRecovery update, Sept 30, 2023

Duration: 39:53

"...On this weekend’s show, host Shaun Haney discusses a crop update and is then joined by Jeff Yorga with Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association on the AgriRecovery drought program..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about drought.

32: How a drought in the Panama Canal is disrupting global supply chains

"...In recent months, a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño has caused water shortages in Central America that are expected to persist well into 2024..."


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..."


Our Strange Plan to Fully Rewild This River

"...With us, you will restore nature and fight climate change every month ..."


Why the Kakhovka Dam is a Turning Point for Ukraine’s Wilderness

"...Floodwaters, oil leaks, and desalination are taking their toll on areas below the dam, including the UNESCO-protected Nizhnyodniprovskyi National Nature Park..."


Academic Research

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

An Overview of Biodiesel Produced from 2nd Generation Feedstock: Mustard Seed Types

"...In biodiesel production, edible vegetable oils may cause many problems, such as jeopardizing biodiversity, depletion of food supply, economic imbalance, and high pricing..."


Artificially applied late-terminal drought stress in the field differentially affects Ramularia leaf spot disease in winter bar

"...Global warming will provoke increasing droughts which influence host plant physiology and probably affect outbreak and severity of RLS..."


Role of black pine (Pinus nigra J. F. Arnold) in European forests modified by climate change

"...In the twenty-first century, it is crucial to see climate change not only as a risk that can cause large-scale forest disturbances but also as an opportunity for innovative approaches to forest management and silviculture of new resistant tree species, like the prospective black pine (Pinus nigra J..."


Simulation of the dynamics of water resources in the Hirmand watershed under economic and environmental scenarios

"...The results show that scenarios like increasing irrigation efficiency, reducing evaporation loss, reducing cultivation area, adopting an optimal cropping pattern, and Afghanistan?s adherence to Iran?s water rights increase water resources and reduce water shortage..."


Wet and Dry Climate Regimes Impact Particulate Organic Matter Quality in a Low-Inflow Subtropical Estuary

"...Low-inflow estuaries on the arid, subtropical Texas coast are often subject to oscillations between dry and wet climate cycles, interspersed with stochastic weather events such as prolonged drought, storms, or hurricanes..."


Show-Me Resilience: Assessing and Reconciling Rural Leaders? Perceptions of Climate Resilience in Missouri

"...Rural areas of the United States play a vital role in coping with, adapting to and mitigating climate change, yet they often lag urban areas in climate planning and action..."


Long-term dynamics of tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) in central European forests

"...altissima appears unlikely, with the exception of drought-prone sites under strong climate change..."


Monitoring the Combined Effects of Induced Earthquakes and Climate Change on a Heritage Building in Groningen

"...Induced earthquakes in non-seismic regions caused by energy exploitation activities, or strains in the ground that are caused by the climate changes, are new phenomena that alter the usual loading situations for historical buildings..."


Dynamics of mangrove functional traits under osmotic and oxidative stresses

"...They are constantly exposed to abiotic stresses such as salinity, drought, temperature, UV radiations, flood, and heavy metal toxicity, biotic stresses such as herbivory, pest infestation, and pathogenic attack, and anthropogenic disturbances such as land clearing, pollution and aquaculture..."


Projection of Drought Indices Trend over the Lower Bundelkhand Region in Central India

"...The latest generation global climate models (GCMs) and regional climate models (RCMs) are the better sources for accurately predicting long-term climate..."


Okra tree crop agroforestry model: economic and environmental impact

"...lebbeck agroforestry practice would significantly increase production, touching financial benefit and ensuring sound environmental quality using the vacant woodlot space..."