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Droughts Push More People to Migrate Than Floods

Via Circle of Blue, an article about a recent World Bank report that people are five times as likely to move following drought conditions as they are after floods or periods of excess water: After a year of extreme weather, people in the drylands of northern California and the hurricane-drenched bayous of southern Louisiana are […]

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Drought Rules Spark Accusations Of Racism In California Outpost

Via The Guardian, an article on how California’s drought rules are sparking accusations of racism in California: “I love the smell of diesel power in the afternoon. It smells like victory.” The line, a play on the quote from the Vietnam war movie Apocalypse Now, is the first uttered in a July video by Doug […]

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America’s Water Crisis: Young Farmers Lose hope As Drought Closes In

Via The Guardian, a look at how – as irrigated crops compete with fish for scarce water-  farmers in the U.S. West’s Klamath Basin lament they may be the last generation to work the land: They are land rich and resource poor. Most have hundreds of acres of fertile soil, some thousands, but little money […]

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Drought-Stricken Southern Angola Battles Food, Water Shortages

Via Africa News, a report on southern Angola’s drought crisis: Huila Province, Southern Angola. Months of no rain have sucked life out of the vast region and brought communities to near starvation. People have to trek several kilometers to find water or fruits, for which they have to compete with wildlife. Angola’s government recently started […]

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Number of People Suffering Extreme Droughts To Double By Late 21st Century

Via The National Science Foundation, a report that – by the late 21st century – the number of people suffering extreme droughts will double: Researchers at Michigan State University are leading a global effort to offer the first worldwide view of how climate change could affect water availability and drought severity in the decades to […]

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Panama Canal Tackles Climate-Change Puzzle: Too Little Rainwater or Too Much

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an article on the Panama Canal, where authorities plan to unveil a $2 billion plan to help with droughts and extreme storms: The Panama Canal faces a creeping threat from climate change, including droughts so intense that ships sometimes reduce their cargo so as not to run aground, and […]

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