Tag Archives: Water Shortages

UK Crops May Have To Relocate

Agricultural crops in Britain may need to be moved to new areas as the threat of both drought and flooding rises in the coming decades, a report commissioned by the Royal Agricultural Society of England said on Monday. The report

Natural disasters displacing millions

Floods, storms, drought and other climate-related natural disasters drove 20 million people from their homes last year, nearly four times as many as were displaced by conflicts, a new U.N. report said on Tuesday. The study tried to quantify for

Kenya rainmakers called to the rescue

Long vilified as sorcerers, Kenya’s Nganyi rainmakers — with meteorological equipment consisting of trees, pots and herbs — are being enlisted to mitigate the effects of climate change. Kneeling in the dank shade of a small coppice near Maseno, in

World’s deltas subsiding, says study

Two-thirds of the world’s major deltas, home to nearly half a billion people, are caught in the scissors of sinking land and rising seas, according to a study published Sunday. The new findings, based on satellite images, show that 85

Turkey to up Euphrates flow to Iraq

Turkey has agreed to up the flow of water along the Euphrates river to Iraq for a month, Baghdad said on Saturday, amid tensions between the two sides over distribution of the precious commodity. The agreement came after talks in

Mexico Now Enduring Worst Drought in Years

MEXICO CITY – Mexico is enduring its worst drought in six decades. Crops are drying up in the fields and water is being rationed in the capital. Residents of poor neighborhoods have hijacked water trucks, and there are other signs

Drought-hit farmers in India sell wives to pay debts

Drought-hit farmers in northern India are resorting to selling their wives to repay debts to local loan sharks, activists say, as one of the weakest monsoons in years takes its toll. Poverty, poor administration and a lack of education means

Californian drought into third year – Special Video Report

Video Report: Three years of drought decimates Californian harvests

Kenya’s famous elephants die of drought, poaching

NAIROBI, Kenya — Poaching and drought-related hunger have killed more than 100 of Kenya’s famous elephants in the north of the country so far this year, conservationists say. Zoologist Iain Douglas-Hamilton, who founded Save the Elephants, said the drought is

Melting ice will trigger wave of natural disasters

Scientists at a London conference next week will warn of earthquakes, avalanches and volcanic eruptions as the atmosphere heats up and geology is altered. Even Britain could face being struck by tsunamis . Scientists are to outline dramatic evidence that

Drought, debt lead to rapid increase in Indian farmers’ suicides

HYDERABAD, India — Dozens of impoverished farmers struggling with debt and poor rainfall have killed themselves in southern India in recent weeks, leaving behind families plunged even further into poverty, activists and politicians said. Nearly every day, newspapers report more

China drought leaves 5 million short of water

BEIJING — A drought in China’s north has left nearly 5 million people short of drinking water and damaged crops, while dry weather in the south could cause more shortages, a state news agency reported Sunday. The drought has caused

Cattle, Crop Losses Mount in Texas Drought

DALLAS, A vast swathe of Texas remains in the grip of a scorching drought, which has cost billions of dollars and is cleaving America’s largest beef cattle herd. One county has seen its entire cotton harvest wiped out and losses

Half of India affected by extreme drought

Below normal monsoon rains have been responsible for the drought Nearly half of India’s districts have been hit by drought that could affect the production of rice, the country’s farm minister has said. Sharad Pawar said 246 districts in 10

Mexico hit by lowest rainfall in 68 years

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico is suffering from its driest year in 68 years, killing crops and cattle in the countryside and forcing the government to slow the flow of water to the crowded capital. Below-average rainfall since last year

Access to water key for world’s poor

An international cast of politicians, industry leaders and United Nations officials joined forces Monday to improve access to water and halt a tide of deaths in poor nations. Some 2,000 experts met at a global water summit in Sweden to