Drought

Alarm bells toll for human civilization as world's 12th largest mega-city to run out of water in just 60 days

The city of Sao Paulo is home to 20 million Brazilians, making it the 12th largest mega-city on a planet dominated by shortsighted humans. Shockingly, it has only 60 days of water supply remaining. The city "has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining

December 03, 2014

American Southwest suffers persistent drought conditions

Most of the US Southwest region has been suffering from a persistent lack of rain and snow. More than 64 million people are directly affected by drought in the Southwest and Southern Plains, and far more are indirectly affected, mostly in agricultural sector.Drought

November 27, 2014

California's dry, overpopulated situation resembles the collapse of the Assyrian Empire, experts warn

Researchers are pointing to overpopulation and drought - two issues which are very familiar in today's world, especially in California - as the reasons for the collapse of the Assyrian Empire, which used to be a flourishing hub in the 7th century BC. The fall of the

November 25, 2014

Water supplies dry up in Brazil as droughts continue to affect world's agricultural regions, destabilizing industrial farming

The problem of a diminishing water supply is taking its toll on the residents of Brazil, pointing to the growing issue of a world that is running out of water and as a result, entering a global crisis which will likely have serious agricultural, social and economic cons

November 21, 2014

Sao Paulo running out of water as intense drought continues in Brazil

Brazil’s Public Ministry acknowledged that the Sao Paulo water supply might only last another 100 days as drought conditions continue. The city with more than 20 million people is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years. The most intense drought

October 27, 2014

Severe drought reported in South Africa

Executive Council of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), southeastern province of South Africa, has announced intends to declare eight areas in a "state of disaster" due to severe drought conditions. According to their statement issued on Tuesday, October 7, the affected are

October 10, 2014

California sinking one foot each year from groundwater depletion

The drought-stricken state of California is sinking into itself at an alarming rate, suggests a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The continued over-pumping of groundwater in many parts of the state -- the direct result of a historic three-year dry spell

August 11, 2014

Extreme heatwave causes power and water crisis, northern India

India's heat wave has intensified in last couple of days, particularly in the north, where temperatures reached almost 50 degrees Celsius on Sunday, May 8th. Many northern cities are recording their highest temperatures in years. Emergency meeting is

June 10, 2014

Weather modification and wastewater recycling - Texas looking for new ways to fight drought

The majority of U.S. state of Texas is under drought conditions for over three years now and climatologists are warning that the state could be in the midst of a drought worse than the drought of record in the 1950s.34 municipalities throughout the state&

May 21, 2014

15 percent of United States gripped by extreme to exceptional drought

As of May 6, 2014, nearly 15 percent of United States was gripped by extreme to exceptional drought, according to U.S. Drought Monitor. Half of the United States was experiencing at least some level of drought. The summer season is just beginning but

May 14, 2014

Large-scale decline of world's second-largest tropical rainforest, Congo

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.The study, led by Liming Zhou of University at Albany, State Univers

April 23, 2014

Drought now affecting two-thirds of Texas

The State of Texas is growing thirstier with each and every passing day, as drought conditions continue to dry up the land. According to a new drought report from the Texas Water Development Board, the Lone Star State is now experiencing "worse" drought c

April 18, 2014

Prolonged dry spell hits Singapore and Malaysia

Singapore suffered its longest dry spell on record in period between January 13 and February 8. Dry weather conditions continue to prevail in Singapore during the dry phase of the Northeast Monsoon season.  The dry weather affecting Singapore and the

February 26, 2014

California experiencing its worst drought in over a century

USGS is reporting that the lack of precipitation throughout California for the much of the past three months has only exacerbated the dryness and is causing varying degrees of low levels of streamflow in the northern two-thirds of the state. Low

February 18, 2014

Extreme drought in California

On January 17, 2014, amid California's driest year on record, Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in the state. Rivers and water reservoirs in California are dangerously low after the driest years on record. "Today I'm

January 23, 2014

Dead Sea's water level still dropped in December, despite rainstorms

The level of the Dead Sea has continued to drop. Despite heavy rains in the past three monts and lower than normal temperatures, the Dead Sea has fallen another 3 cm. Water level has reached a level of 427.82 meters (1,403 feet) below sea level. Ten years

January 11, 2014

Huge underground water reserve discovered in drought-stricken Kenya

200 billion cubic meters of underground water was found under the plains of drought-stricken northern Kenya. Kenyan environment ministry said that newly discovered aquifer brings hope and promise of prosperity to tens of millions without adequate

September 12, 2013

Rainfall fell by 58% comparing to last year, water reductions in Tehran, Iran

Heatwave is scourging Iran bringing temperatures to alarming heights which, combined with the lack of rainfall, created drinking water shortages and reductions. Dr. Abbas Ranjbar, a faculty member of the Tehran-based meteorology research center said that the

July 29, 2013

Hundreds of thousands affected by drought in Namibia

Namibian government declared a state of emergency on May 17, 2013 due to prolonged dry season which resulted in widespread crop failure across the country. About 780,000 people (approximately one third of Namibia’s entire population) are now classified as

July 27, 2013

Report confirms 2013 New Zealand drought was most extreme on record

A comparative study on the 2013 New Zealand drought states that in some regions it was the most severe drought on record. Study also states that the cause was not El Niño but in fact slow-moving or ‘blocking’ high

July 26, 2013

First decade of 21st century: unprecedented high-impact climate extremes since measurements began!

According to World Meteorological Organization (WMO) report The Global Climate 2001-2010, A Decade of Extremes Earth experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes in 2001 - 2010 since the measurements began in 1850. In that period more national

July 06, 2013

Pacific’s Marshall Islands facing drought disaster

A drought has left areas of the Marshall Islands facing “dire” water shortages with aid agencies scrambling to ship relief to affected communities.  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) warned that unusually low rainfall in one of

May 09, 2013

Severe droughts in Indian state of Maharashtra

Maharashtra, an Indian state, is facing one of the worst droughts in the past 40 years. Reports say severe droughts have prompted people to migrate to Mumbai and neighboring states of Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh from 3,905 villages in 12 districts of the

March 14, 2013

Tigris and Euphrates rivers losing water reserves at a rapid pace

A large portion of the Middle East lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade. New data revealed already an arid region of Tigris-Euphrates Basin, which grows even drier due to human consumption of water for drinking and agriculture. The research team

March 13, 2013

Long-term effects of megadrought on Amazonian forests

The rainforests in southern and western Amazonia may be showing the first signs of potential large-scale degradation due to climate change as Amazon rainforest continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, attributed to the long-term

January 19, 2013

UK experienced its "weirdest" weather on record in the past few months, scientists say

In an article named "UK experiences 'weirdest' weather" environment analyst Roger Harrabin (BBC) states that the driest spring for over a century gave way to the wettest recorded April to June in a dramatic turnaround never documented before. The scientists said

October 20, 2012

Food inflation to be driven by record-high mass slaughtering of farm animals

The price of food is about to get a whole lot higher as a result of the mass slaughter of cattle stocks worldwide, which itself is a result of persistent drought conditions that have caused a shortage of staple food items, and a subsequent spike in animal feed costs.

September 29, 2012

Over 60% of US in a drought - facing one of financially most devastating natural disasters

With over 60% of the country in a drought, the U.S. is facing one of financially most devastating natural disasters in the last 30 years. Second only to the Great Dust Bowl of 1934, the lack of rain and moisture throughout the U.S. has led to over 1,600 counties in 32

August 31, 2012

Access to water resources key for food security

Recurring droughts highlight need to better manage water resources and safeguard food security. Ongoing worldwide drought has hurt global grain production and contributed to food price spikes every other year since 2007.One of the key messages that FAO is

August 29, 2012

Ancient Egypt: Study augments the drought theories

Recent research testifies archeological records of droughts in Ancient Egypt during the demise of Egypt's old kingdom, the era known as the pyramid-building time. A study of ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt's Nile Delta provides

August 24, 2012

Extreme drought to blame for mass fish-die offs across US?

More than half of the continental U.S. is experiencing extreme drought conditions. Hot temperatures and lack of rain are causing heating and drying up of rivers and streams and killing thousands of fish in the process. According to Division of Fisheries, the rivers'

August 10, 2012

State of emergency declared in Missouri, USA

Missouri Governor Nixon declared a state of emergency on July 23, 2012 due to prolonged severe heat and  drought.Governor explained in his statement that the emergency was declared because of public health, agricultural and fire risk concerns.Executive Order

July 24, 2012

Toshka Lakes in Egypt show signs of rapid drying

Egypt’s Toshka Lakes were created in the 1980s and 1990s by the diversion of water from Lake Nasser through a manmade canal into the Sahara Desert. Flooding of the Toshka Depression created four main lakes with a maximum surface area of about 1450 square

July 16, 2012

Record-breaking expanse of drought across US

Analysis of the latest US drought monitor data revealed that 46.84 percent of the nation's land area is in various stages of drought, up from 42.8 percent a week ago. Previous records were 45.87 percent in drought on Aug. 26, 2003, and 45.64 percent on Sept. 10,

July 11, 2012

Record breaking expanse of drought across US

46.84 percent of the US land area is in various stages of drought, up from 42.8 percent a week ago. Previous records were 45.87 percent in drought on Aug. 26, 2003, and 45.64 percent on Sept. 10, 2002.Looking only at the 48 contiguous states, 55.96 percent of the

July 05, 2012