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Events in Drought-Stricken India Parallel Recent Experience in California

Groundwater aquifers are being sucked dry amidst a two year-long drought as Indian farmers drill and pump more groundwater in bids to make up for shortfalls in precipitation resulting from the delayed onset of weaker summer monsoon rains.

Kenyans Turn to Foraging as Californians Bail Out from Torrential Rains

Kenyans are foraging for plants and instects that contain toxic chemicals and cooking them in unsafe water as Californians are struggling to cope with record breaking rains.

FAO Completes World’s First Global Assessment of Drylands Forests

Using free online GIS and open source software, more than 200 FAO researchers completed the groundbreaking study in less than a year.

Federal Funding for 76 Water-Energy Conservation Projects in 13 Western States

The Dept. of Agriculture and Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of Land Reclamation are investing $47 million in shared-cost funding in joining with local authorities, farmers and ranchers to improve water conservation and energy efficiency, as well as enhance drought response,

Climate refugees seek food, water and shelter

Climate Migrants Will Add to the Refugee Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of migrants are fleeing to Europe to escape conflicts fueled in part by climate change. While this is the worst refugee crisis the world has faced since World War ll, it is nothing compared to the number of climate refugees we can expect as the world continues to warm. In the absence of climate mitigation and adaptation…

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Drought, Climate Change Exacts Heavy Toll In Central America

From Panama on up, the greenhouse effect and the onset of El Niño is leading to more in the way of drought and extreme variability in weather patterns. Drought across El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua displaced some 2 million rural residents, mostly smallholder farmers and their families this year. In Panama, rainfall this spring has set a new record low and residents have been coping with a heat wave.

The California drought is "exceptional" in nearly the entire state and continues to worsen. Is this a global harbinger of things to come?

California’s Drought is a Global Warning

California drought is “exceptional” and getting worse While many places in the U.S. suffer from drought, no state is suffering more than California. For three years, the nation’s most populace state has been enduring one of the worst droughts since record-keeping started in 1885. The long stretch of subnormal precipitation dates back to 2011. In 2012, the drought had already reached historic proportions…

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