RedskyNews Category: Drought & Fires

Food Aid Suspended In Somalia

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it had suspended food distribution to 1.1 million people in central and southern Somalia after Al Shabaab militants blocked deliveries in parts of the famine-hit country. The independent humanitarian

Tanzania Drought Turns To Floods

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AlertNet) – Pius Yanda, one of the authors of a recent report on extreme weather by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), has a knowledge of his subject that goes beyond the academic. Yanda, a

Drought Kills Half A Billion Trees

The massive drought that has dried out Texas over the past year has killed as many as half a billion trees, according to new estimates from the Texas Forest Service. “In 2011, Texas experienced an exceptional drought, prolonged high winds,

Climate Kills 1000’s African Trees

Trees are dying in the Sahel, a region in Africa south of the Sahara Desert, and human-caused climate change is to blame, according to a new study led by a scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. “Rainfall in the

Red Tide Shuts Oyster Industry

PORT LAVACA, Texas – In better days, the loading dock in this East Texas harbor city would be a bustle of activity: fishermen unloading sacks filled with fresh oysters, dealers paying by the sack for the bivalves, 18-wheelers hauling them

Mexico Is Becoming A Dustbowl

At least five states in Mexico’s northwest say they are on the verge of disaster following the worst drought in living memory. Peter Greste in Mexico: “Some areas haven’t seen a drop of rain since last August.” On Thursday the

Burning Hail Struck India In 1991

At Redsky News on 24th December 2010, we received an eyewitness account of burning hail striking the Chittagong area of India in the 1990’s. An email describing this event was sent to our office by Nakul Jana who is an

The Danube River Is Drying Up

A major drought along the lower Danube has highlighted the river’s reduced ability to buffer extreme weather events and has hampered navigation, environmental group WWF said on Tuesday. The Danube is currently seeing its lowest levels since 2003, with bigger

Homes Lost In Aussie Bush Fire

..Hot, dry conditions and high winds Thursday hampered fire crews as they battled to control bushfires raging through parched Western Australia state, destroying around 30 homes. The first blaze erupted when a controlled burn-off in a national park near the

Climate Change Threatens Health

Climate change poses an immediate and serious threat to global health and stability, as floods and droughts destroy people’s homes and food supplies and increase mass migration, experts warned Monday. In a statement issued at a meeting in London, they

Debt Ridden Farmers Commit Suicide

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Afghanistan Asks For Drought Aid

Afghanistan is appealing for $142m (£92m) to feed 2.6 million people this winter as it faces the worst drought for a decade. The agriculture minister described the situation as extremely serious, with 14 provinces – about half the country –

Tuvalu Declares Drought Emergency

The Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has declared a state of emergency because of a water shortage. With drought conditions and the breakdown of existing desalination plants, a state of emergency has been declared in the capital and also other

9 More Years Of Texas Drought

A devastating Texas drought that has browned city lawns and caused more than $5 billion in damages to the state’s farmers and ranchers could continue for another nine years, a state forecaster said on Thursday. “It is possible that we

Epic Scorching Drought Tests Texas

Massive droughts caused by wildfires in Texas have ravaged the environment, incited a tug of war for available water, and fundamentally changed the way of life for the state’s millions of residents. The onset of a Dust Bowl-like drought has

Texas June-August Hottest Ever

Texas – It’s been a year of superlatives for Texas: worst single-year drought, largest agricultural losses and most destructive wildfires — blazes that have damaged millions of acres and more than a thousand homes. Now, as if Texans didn’t know