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With US drought entering its third year the USDA advises farmers and ranchers to plan for sound water and grazing management

USDA-NRCS Stresses Need for Water Planning as Western US Faces 3rd Year of Drought

With current conditions pointing to a third consecutive year of drought, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is urging farmers and ranchers in the western US to have drought management plans at the ready and begin implementing them. The USDA-NRCS National Water and Climate Center’s seasonal water supply projections indicate worsening drought conditions across the…

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New research suggests a controversial theory for forests as rainmakers

Forests as Rainmakers: New Study Lends Credence to Controversial Theory

A new study fleshes out the details of a theory that says forests play a significant role in creating rain. The implications would be profound and far-reaching should it prove valid.

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USDA Reports on Climate Change Effects, Adaptation for Agriculture, Forests

Climate change is expected to have profound, far-reaching effects on U.S. agriculture and forests this century, highlighting a society-wide need to enhance resiliency.

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Enviro News Wrap: Australia’s Heat; Government’s Climate Assessment; Shell’s Arctic Adveture

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Australia is becoming too hot to inhabit in some areas. Persistently high temperatures and heat waves may make Australia the first place on Earth that is too hot for humans. We are missing the boat on climate change prevention, our focus is now shifting…

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Permaculture and Perennial Crops as a Geo-Engineering Strategy

Geo-engineering has received a bad rap over the last decade as radical ideas get mixed reviews on the scientific stage.  For those not familiar, geo-engineering is a term used to describe a combination of technology, innovation and environmentalism aimed at changing the trajectory of climate change. Historically, geo-engineering has fallen into two categories: solar radiation mitigation and carbon dioxide removal. …

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Bigger Picture Landscape Approach to Forest-Agriculture Management Gains Credibility

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity is taking note of a first set of “best practice” guidelines for enacting an interdisciplinary, ecosystem-based “Landscape Approach” to forest, agriculture and land use management that takes greater account of human use and community development.

Record drought in contiguous United States

U.S. Drought Extent Increases as Fall Begins

The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that drought conditions increased yet again last week, with moderate to exceptional drought now covering 65.45 percent of the contiguous United States, up from 64.82 percent the week prior. For “abnormally dry” conditions not considered actual drought, the lower 48 saw a slight decrease to 76.59 percent down from 78.15 percent. Areas suffering under extreme…

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