Desertification

Water Shortages India’s monsoon has so far delivered 36 percent less rain than average, and reservoir levels are below their 10-year averages, according to water officials, Bloomberg News reported. If the monsoon continues to perform poorly and dry conditions are compounded by an El Nino weather event, 333 million people in six states could face […]

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Desertification Approximately 105 million hectares, or 32 percent of India’s land, is degraded and one quarter is facing desertification, according to India’s environment minister, Reuters reported. The trend is thought to be caused by overuse of land for grazing livestock and shifting rainfall patterns. India is not alone. Globally, 2 billion hectares a year are […]

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Seasonal migrations of poor, rural communities due to shifting rainfall patterns, droughts and floods are increasing, according to a new study by CARE International and the United Nations University, AlertNet reported. The study warns that the migrations could become more frequent and permanent unless action is taken to mitigate climate change or adjust agriculture to […]

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Companies are not taking water security seriously when preparing their financial projections, according to some investors who fear that supply chains could be severely impacted by a lack of water, Bloomberg News reported. Ports on Lake Victoria are having trouble accommodating boats as water levels continue to drop, falling as much as 5 meters, AlertNet […]

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The largest red tide algae bloom since 2000 is gripping the Texas Gulf Coast, the Associated Press reported. The prolonged Texas drought this year kept freshwater from reaching the Gulf, raising the salinity levels in which the algae thrive. Despite record-breaking rainfall in October, 99 percent of Texas remains under severe drought conditions, Think Progress […]

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There are only 25 glaciers in the Glacier National Park now, compared to 150 in the 19th century, Grist reported. By 2020, even these will be gone, according to the park’s coordinator of climate change and glacial geology. The Financial Times verdict on Kenya’s drought: the country has failed to manage its food crisis, which […]

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Mongolia Slideshow

Along the vast frozen grasslands, 23-year-old Wu Yun and her father, Bao Zhu, tend their flock of sheep and cattle. Just over the ridge, the northern city of Xilinhot is booming as the coal industry continues to expand. But it will take a lot of water to feed both the city and the mining.

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Circle of Blue revisits seas of dying grass and blowing sand in northern China.

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Circle of Blue captures the life and land in Southwest China — the front lines of the country’s freshwater crisis. While water access is difficult, these images reveal communities pushing forward the best they can to survive. Some of these images are on display at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.

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BOURA, Mauritania — In the face of desertification, the landscape of the coastal West African nation becomes more pockmarked by the day.

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SIRTE, Libya — With many African countries feeling the effects of climate change, government leaders decided at a water conference in Libya that cooperation is key.

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Downstream worries about the environment, agriculture and politics.

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LEBANON — The historic cedars of Lebanon, famed from biblical accounts and prized for more than 4000 years throughout the Middle East, are now threatened by climate change, Reuters reports.

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by C.T. Pope Circle of Blue Almost two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africa’s rural poor could benefit from investment in water, a new UN report finds.

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