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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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Climate Change News Round-Up: 2nd Hottest US Summer, Record Low Arctic Sea Ice, US CO2 Emissions Record, La Nina Returns

There’s certainly no shortage of news, events, discussion and controversy to do with climate change and global warming these days, and this past week has been no exception. Several significant reports based on actual scientific data and analysis were released. Unfortunately, they don’t bode well for the near or longer term future.

Temperature anomalies for June 2010 - courtesy NOAA

NOAA: Warmest June on Record – 2010 on Track for Hottest Year

In their monthly analysis just released of global land and ocean surface temperature data, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that June 2010 was the hottest on record. The average combined land and ocean surface temperatures for the period from April to June was the warmest on record, and year-to-date (January to June) is the second warmest, behind 2007. The…

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