Tag: "drought"

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Extreme weather - the imperative to prepare

Extreme weather – the imperative to prepare

Adaptation to the kind of extreme weather predicted by climate models is becoming increasingly urgent for industries around the world from tourism to coal mining, let alone agriculture! In a cruel stroke of irony, Australia’s Queensland has ricocheted from the worst drought in living memory to fatal floods, including an “inland tsunami” that killed eight […]

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Kenya attempting mass relocation of species to combat drought-stricken country

Kenya attempting mass relocation of species to combat drought-stricken country

Kenya wildlife rangers are attempting a historic mass relocation of zebra and wildebeest across the country in an attempt to provide food for starving carnivores. Extreme drought in the region has caused many herbivores such as zebra and wildebeest to die, leaving little to no prey for hyenas and lions to feed on. The starving […]

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Sorry Canada, we’ve had to cancel winter…

Sorry Canada, but winter has been cancelled. There’s just no snow. It’s the first time no snowfall has been recorded in the city of Toronto since record keeping began in 1845, reports The Canadian Press. Toronto normally averages 40 cm of snow in March – the previous low in the city was 1.2 cm in […]

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Liveblogging from the UBC Resilience Symposium: Uncertain Water Supplies

ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford featured during living blogging at UBC Resilience Symposium: From the live blogging site: Deborah Hartford, the Executive Director of the Simon Fraser University Adaptation to Climate Change Team pointed out that global warming has diverse and unpredictable effects on water cycles around the world, from flooding in the UK to […]

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Climate change creating scores of refugees in sub-Saharan Africa

Climate change creating scores of refugees in sub-Saharan Africa

It is estimated that 10 million people world-wide have been driven out of their homes by the effects of climate change such as rising sea levels, drought, flooding, and other impacts. Sub-Saharan African is acutely feeling the effects of climate change, which is driving Africa’s displacement crisis to new heights. Oxford University professor Norman Myers, […]

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Interactive map launched by UK Government shows consequences of global climate warming

A new map illustrating the global consequences of failing to keep climate change to under 2 degrees Celsius was launched today by the UK Government. With just 45 days to go before international climate change talks begin in Copenhagen, British ministers are pressing for the most ambitious deal possible in order to avoid these dangerous […]

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India to import food as drought disrupts food supply

The Indian government has announced they will import food to make up for shortages caused by a drought affecting an estimated 700 million people. The monsoon season has brought 29% less rainfall than usual, disrupting rice, soybean, sugarcane, and cotton crops. Up to 70% of Indians are dependent on farm incomes, and about 60% of […]

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EPA declares ‘compelling and overwhelming’ scientific evidence GHGs are harmful to humans

In a groundbreaking announcement this week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared that carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gasses are pollutants that endanger public health and welfare, stating that the science supporting the findings was “compelling and overwhelming.” Amongst other threats, the agency identified effects of rising atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and the […]

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