Drought

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Death in the marshes: environmental calamity hits Iraq’s unique wetlands
Rivers and lakes that have nurtured communities since civilisation’s dawn are drying up, as drought leads to hunger, displacement and simmering conflict

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in southern Iraq

29, Jan, 2023 @11:01 AM

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Larger than usual snowpack in California gives hope of reprieve in drought
Extreme weather filled the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides roughly a third of the state’s water supply

Gabrielle Canon

27, Jan, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Kenya declares war on millions of birds after they raid crops
Toxic pesticides used to eradicate grain-eating quelea may harm the country’s endangered raptors, say conservationists

Peter Muiruri in Nairobi

17, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Q&A: will the California storms ease the state’s drought?
Years of devastating dryness have depleted reservoirs and hurt farms. The deluge may offer a little help

Associated Press

11, Jan, 2023 @7:02 PM

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Relentless rain, record heat: study finds climate crisis worsened extreme weather
Scientists describe as ‘very alarming’ research that shows severe weather events were made more likely by climate change

Oliver Milman in New York

09, Jan, 2023 @6:36 PM

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The burning question about fungi: what happens to them in extreme heat?
Scientists in Italy are testing the impact of fire and drought to learn how the changing climate affects underground fungal networks

Jonathan Moens

09, Jan, 2023 @7:45 AM

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California declares state of emergency over ‘truly brutal’ storm
Incoming bomb cyclone system threatens to wreak havoc in the drought-stricken state while doing little to alleviate its water woes

Gabrielle Canon

05, Jan, 2023 @2:41 AM

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‘Miracles and heartbreak’: saving orphaned elephants as Kenya’s drought devastates herds
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is nursing record numbers of young animals back to health but as rains continue to fail, the vulnerable mammals face a challenging future

Lizzy Davies

26, Dec, 2022 @7:30 AM

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‘We got lucky’: inside California’s strangely quiet wildfire year
Fewer acres burned this year, but the need for fire mitigation and the dangers posed by the climate crisis have not vanished

Gabrielle Canon

23, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Former development secretaries urge Sunak to increase east Africa aid amid drought
‘Famine in all but name’ ravaging Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, yet British aid is one-fifth of 2017 amount

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor

06, Dec, 2022 @2:24 PM

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Fear of the F-word: Somalia avoids famine declaration as hunger spreads
Government fears interference from foreign aid agencies could destabilise development policy in a country hit by conflict and the climate crisis – yet people are dying of malnutrition

Tracy McVeigh in Mogadishu and Galkayo

06, Dec, 2022 @7:15 AM

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Jabal: the new drought-tolerant wheat scientists say can withstand extreme heat
The variety is a cross between commercial and wild wheats – bred in a bid to develop crops that are more resilient to the climate crisis

Nina Lakhani in New York

04, Dec, 2022 @9:25 AM

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