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Termites Help Protect Rainforests During Droughts, Study Finds

Are termites all bad for trees and rain forests? Researchers of a new study found that termites actually protected a patch of land during the 2015 and 2016 drought in Borneo.

Earth/Environment January 10, 2019

Drought Kills Nearly 200 Feral Horses On Navajo Land In Arizona

Drought and famine killed an estimated 191 feral horses in Gray Mountain on Navajo’s parched land in Arizona. The horses were found buried in the mud, dying in the process of digging the land for water.

Animals May 7, 2018

Solar-Powered Device That Sucks Moisture From Air Can Save Millions From Water-Related Diseases

Diarrhea and other water-related diseases affect people living in regions where water is scarce. These illnesses can be potentially averted using a new device that can harvest water even with low humidity.

Feature | Science April 14, 2017

Proteins Protecting Water Bears From Dehydration May Hold Key To Drought-Tolerant Plants

Researchers have found how water bears can survive desiccation. Proteins that produce the bioglass protecting water bears from dehydration may lead to the development of crops that can withstand drought.

Animals March 18, 2017

Recurring Drought: 110 Somali Deaths In 48 Hours, Humanitarian Crises Loom

At least 110 people have died in the last 48 hours as the East African country of Somalia is on the brink of another famine. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has recently declared the present drought as a national disaster.

Earth/Environment March 7, 2017

Level Up! Silver Iodide-Laden Drone Brings Cloud Seeding Higher

Unmanned aircrafts find its new use in pulling out water from sky. Flying unmanned and at an altitude of 400 feet above icy mountains and dangerous terrains, it eliminates the risk of manned aircraft in conducting cloud seeding operation.

Robotics February 28, 2017

Lasting Drought On Mars Revealed By Meteorites On The Red Planet

After examining a cluster of meteorites in Mars' Victoria crater, researchers have determined that the lasting drought on the red planet has persisted for millions of years.

Space November 13, 2016

There's More Water Beneath California Than What Scientists Expected

California has been struck by severe drought in recent years, and its scientists are turning to groundwater to meet the surface water the state needs. New research suggests that the state's Central Valley actually holds more water than what scientists estimated.

Earth/Environment June 28, 2016

New Scientific Model Predicts Which Animals Will Survive Droughts

The 'Adaptive Triquetra' model measures animal physiology, environment and other factors. This model by Australian researchers could tell how a given species would deal with severe droughts.

Earth/Environment June 22, 2016

Water In Lake Mead Shrinks To Lowest Level In History

Lake Mead's water level continues to shrink. On May 18, the water level reached another historic low. Federal water officials expect the Colorado River reservoir to shrink even further as a result of the ongoing drought.

Earth/Environment May 20, 2016

El Niño Decimates Golden Jellyfish Population In Palau Saltwater Lake

The population of golden jellyfish in Palau's famed saltwater lake has been decreasing in the past few months, no thanks to the El Niño phenomenon in the region. The creatures, previously numbered at 8 million, are now only about 600,000.

Animals May 5, 2016

Small Islands At Risk Of Freshwater Scarcity, May Dry Out In The Future: Study

Small islands are at risk of facing freshwater scarcity and drying out in the future, a new study has found. Researchers found that global climate models underestimated the effects of climate change on these tiny islands.

Earth/Environment April 12, 2016

Extreme Weather Could Soon Be The Norm In California, Stanford Researchers Predict

California is experiencing more extreme weather than ever before, and these events are likely to become more common in the future, according to a new study. What is responsible for these changes?

Earth/Environment April 2, 2016

Drought That Triggered Syrian Civil War Is Worst In 900 Years: Study

The drought that began in 1998 in the eastern Mediterranean Levant region is the worst one since 1100. This may have led to the devastating Syrian civil war.

Earth/Environment March 3, 2016

3D Cyberforests To Help Study Effects Of Wildfires, Climate Change On Trees

Scientists at Washington State University Vancouver have developed a three-dimensional model of a forest that can be used to simulate the impact of climate change on the environment. The new technology, named LES after the Russian word for "forest," can recreate various aspects of real trees such as root systems and canopies.

Earth/Environment February 28, 2016

Drought And Climate Change Threaten Nearly All Forests In the US

The current drought experienced by forests in the West can spread across the whole country. Scientists should bridge their knowledge gap on the harmful effects of drought and climate change.

Earth/Environment February 23, 2016

United States Hits Lowest Level Of Drought In Nearly Six Years

As of Feb. 2, 2016, 15.5 percent of the country was in drought, down from the 18.7 percent in drought just at the end of December.

Earth/Environment February 9, 2016

Prolonged Southwest Drought Could Kill All Trees In The Region By 2100: Study

A study found that 72 percent of needleleaf evergreen forests in the Southwest could die by 2050, with close to 100 percent tree death by 2100. Researchers said the predicted forest demise is already visible in the American Southwest.

Earth/Environment February 8, 2016

NOAA And NASA Teaming Up To Study Strongest El Niño

NOAA and NASA joined forces to conduct a research on the ongoing El Niño phenomenon. The weather system brewing in the Pacific caused a dry and wet winter in most of U.S. West Coast.

Earth/Environment February 6, 2016

US Southwest May Be Drying Up As Wet Weather Systems Become More Rare

What's considered a normal year of snow and rain in the Southwest is now drier than usual, a new study revealed. Droughts in the region could become more severe in the coming years.

Earth/Environment February 6, 2016

Worsening Drought To Set Off Insect Outbreaks, Wildfires And Damage Forests: Report

The ongoing drought happening throughout the United States poses a great threat on forests, rangelands and vegetation. A new report provides a national assessment on the possible impact of drought brought about by global warming.

Earth/Environment February 2, 2016

Drought Effects Harder On Farms In Developed Countries: Western Farmers To Take Cues From Poorer Nations?

Food production and agriculture in Western countries are predicted to be hit harder by droughts and extreme weather events due to climate change. Farmers from developed nations are then urged by experts to start adapting and thinking differently.

Earth/Environment January 9, 2016

Effect Of Climate Change On Agriculture: Droughts, Heat Waves Cut Global Cereal Harvests By 10 Percent In 50 Years

The impact of climate change on agriculture has led to the reduction of global food production in the past years. Researchers, however, took note of the 'fertilizing effect,' a supposed benefit that crops get from global warming.

Earth/Environment January 7, 2016

El Niño In 2016 Could Be As Powerful as 1998's El Niño: Climate Event Could Set Off War, Disease And Food Shortage

Aid agencies warned against increasing threats of hunger, disease, and war in 2016, which is estimated to see the strongest El Niño phenomenon on record. Droughts, flooding and other effects are expected to exacerbate existing wars, food shortages, and diseases.

Earth/Environment January 1, 2016

'Godzilla' El Niño Bearing Down On US Is Still Growing, NASA Says

Satellite imagery shows a current El Niño, similar to the 1997 event that caused extreme weather around the globe, researchers say. The U.S. should feel the effects in the coming months, they say.

Animals December 31, 2015

Christmas Tree Farmers In Oklahoma Unfazed By Drought

Christmas is just around the corner! Christmas tree farms in Oklahoma are looking forward to good trades this 2015 after recovering from years of drought.

Society December 8, 2015

'Resurrection Plants' That Come Back From The Dead Could Lead To Drought-Resistant Crops

Genetic secrets of plants that play dead during drought but can come back to life could help food crops do the same thing, scientists suggest. Such crops could help farmers survive more droughts threatened by climate change, they say.

November 23, 2015

Scientists Develop 'Nanopores' That Can Make Seawater Drinkable

American scientists created a nanometer-thick porous material capable of filtering salt and other impurities from seawater, making it safe to drink. Compared to reverse osmosis, the sheath riddled with 'nanopores' requires less pressure and cost to operate.

Earth/Environment November 14, 2015

Water-Efficient Photosynthesis Reveals Why Pineapple Is Drought-Resistant

Writing in the journal 'Nature Genetics,' a research team from the University of Illinois and other organizations found that pineapples used crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM), a special form of photosynthesis. CAM plants can use a mere 20 percent of the water used by C3 plants, flourishing in dry lands and being better at drought resistance.

Animals November 4, 2015

NASA To Use Earth-Observing Satellites To Track 2015 El Niño Event From Space

NASA satellites are set to improve data on El Niño effects. WMO stated the 2015 to 2016 El Niño is already underway and appears to be at par with the 1997 to 1998 El Niño statistics, the worst recorded by far.

Animals October 21, 2015

Remains Of 16th Century Church Emerge From Mexican Reservoir As Water Levels Drop

An adversity brought beauty. Relics of a 16th-century church rises out of the depth due to severe drought affecting the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir in Chiapas, Mexico.

Arts & Culture October 21, 2015

Large Trees Die First In Drought Says LANL Study

Researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory have found that larger trees don’t have it better during dry spells, offering insight on tree health and its effects on the environment.

Earth/Environment October 1, 2015

Feds Conducting Study On Drought in Six States

The U.S. Geological Survey will be studying six states under drought conditions to help determine how water resources could be better managed in the future.

Earth/Environment September 12, 2015

California Is Sinking Faster Than Previous Estimates

Certain levels of land sinking are acceptable but NASA reports California is experiencing it faster than usual due to the drought, posing possible problems to surface infrastructure.

Earth/Environment August 23, 2015

California Drought Continues To Worsen Due To Climate Change: Here Are Some Water Conservation Tips

California's years-long drought is not letting up and researchers are saying that climate change is a contributing factor. They urge residents as well to continue conserving water to help weather the drought.

Earth/Environment August 22, 2015

LA Black Ball Strategy May Result In 'Bacterial Nightmare'

LA just dumped millions of plastic black balls on its reservoir to keep water from evaporating. Experts call this a short-term fix and emphasize more serious problems like plastics in water and urge long-term resolutions to them.

Earth/Environment August 22, 2015

July 2015 Sets New Record As Hottest Month Since 1880: NOAA

NOAA revealed that July of this year is the warmest month ever recorded since 1880. The soaring temperatures this year are being attributed to man-made climate change and a powerful El Niño.

Animals August 21, 2015

Prolonged Drought In California May Be Deadly For Giant Sequoia

The giant sequioas of California have gone through punishing storms, wildfires and environmental damages. But now, experts are worried that the prolonged drought may be the cause of the trees' death.

Earth/Environment August 18, 2015

NASA Satellite Maps Reveal Flood And Drought Stricken Areas In The US

With the help of satellites that orbit the Earth to specifically measure cloud cover, ground water and precipitation, scientists are able to assess current weather situations and predict future drought and rainfall activity not just in the U.S. but all over the world.

Earth/Environment August 18, 2015

Chinese Cave Inscriptions Describe Grim Effects Of Climate Change On Human Societies

A study of ancient inscriptions found in China's Dayu Cave has allowed researchers to produce a detailed picture of how widespread droughts affect societies over a period of time.

Earth/Environment August 15, 2015

Severe Droughts May Wipe Out Butterfly Population In The UK By 2050: Study (Video)

Droughts caused by global warming could lead to extinction of several butterfly species, experts warn. Many species are at risk even at lowest predicted warming rates, they say.

August 10, 2015

Collapsing Trees In California Raises Concerns About Drought And Public Safety

There’s no escaping California’s drought problem. Now trees are collapsing, raising concerns over how much the lack of water is affecting public safety.

Earth/Environment August 5, 2015

AP-GfK Drought Poll: Here's What Americans Think About Water As A Limited Resource

A poll found that more Americans consider water as a limited, rather than renewable, resource. Majority of the poll participants also think that, in cases of water scarcity, the highest priority for water supply should be given to the agricultural sector.

Society August 3, 2015

Drought Hitting World's Forests Harder Than Thought, With Climate Change Consequences

Drought keeps forests from being effective carbon sinks, making the impact of human-caused carbon emission worse, researchers say. Trees take years to bounce back from droughts and start effectively storing carbon again, they say.

July 30, 2015

Sorry Sunbathers And Surfers, California Will Shut Down Outdoor Showers This Summer

Still deep in the throes of a severe years-long drought, California is shutting off outdoor showers in its parks and beaches to help in conserving water.

July 12, 2015

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