Food Shortages

Africa A severe drought in Malawi is creating food shortages and forcing women to wait all day in line at boreholes to get what little water they can, IRIN News reported. Some boreholes have dried up and residents are turning to sources that are more likely to be contaminated. Europe New, detailed maps produced by […]

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More than 3 million Syrians will require food aid over the next year due to conflict that has caused $US 1.8 billion in losses to the country’s agriculture sector, Bloomberg News reported. The conflict, coupled with a drought, could see grain import requirements reach 5 million metric tons. A drought and heat wave could up […]

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aid organizations are warning of a possible famine in Sudan, despite the government’s promise to allow food aid into conflict zones, according to AlertNet. Those who flee face severe water shortages in South Sudan’s refugee camps. A photo story from the Guardian shows how law banning mining and drilling on glaciers, Reuters reported. increasing the […]

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A severe drought has gripped one of North Korea’s breadbasket provinces, raising fears of a worsening food crisis, AFP reported. The country suffers chronic food shortages, often exacerbated by floods, droughts, mismanagement and dwindling international aid. Ensuring food supplies for China’s growing population and economy is expected to be a key goal for Chinese Premier […]

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Developing the United Kingdom’s shale gas reserves is incompatible with the country’s climate change goals, according to a new study from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in Manchester. The carbon cost of developing just 20 percent of U.K.’s proven shale reserves would offset about 15 percent of the government’s greenhouse gas emissions budget […]

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The world should brace for more record-breaking temperatures, heat waves, droughts and heavy downpours as climate change will likely increase the risk from extreme weather events, according to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the BBC reported. The World Resources Institute summarizes the five takeaways from the report. And Ceres highlights […]

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Food Floods Flooding 2011 Thailand Cambodia Vietnam Philippines Laos Rice Maize Corn Crop

With hundreds of deaths, thousands of damaged hectares, and millions of refugees, this year’s fall flooding has equated to a devastating wet season.

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Climate change manifests itself most visibly through water. But is heat the more immediate threat to the world’s breadbaskets? Floods in Southeast Asia Areas of Bangkok are bracing for evacuation as floodwaters began spilling into the capital, boosting the levels in the Chao Phraya river, damaging infrastructure, and causing food and water shortages in a […]

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The deltas of the the Mekong, Irrawaddy, Niger, Nile, Mississippi, Ganges-Brahmaputra and the Yangtze rivers contain some of the largest, most vulnerable populations to climate change. Lester Brown explores how raging storms and rising seas will create climate refugees around the globe. Agriculture vs. Industry Is genetically modified corn for ethanol production in the United […]

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Peabody Energy Corp. will pursue a giant coal-mine project in China’s resource-rich but dry Xinjiang region in partnership with the local provincial government, The Wall Street Journal reported. A new study by the United States Forest Service found that a patch of national forest in West Virginia suffered quick and serious loss of vegetation after […]

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Southern California, Arizona and Nevada are in discussions with the Mexican government about sharing a desalination plant across the border in Mexico, Reuters reports. But some conservation groups say that the controversial plan may be taking advantage of Mexico’s lower costs and weaker regulations. Emergencies A violent tornado swept across the American South on Wednesday […]

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Food has quickly become the hidden driver of world politics, Foreign Policy writes, and the world is losing its ability to soften the effect of its resource shortages. How do food, energy, population and water policies fit the big puzzle? Saudi Arabia, one of the countries most at risk of water and grain shortages, has […]

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South Africa has pledged $168 million to clean the toxic water that threatens to spill out from derelict gold mines under Johannesburg, Reuters reports. It plans to immediately start building pumping, treatment and monitoring stations that would begin operations by March 2012, or just a few months before the acid water is expected to reach […]

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Asia faces unprecedented water challenges, experts say, but solutions are within reach.

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An interactive map of Circle of Blue’s coverage of “The Biggest Dry“.

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Australia’s Epic Drought is Global Warning Circle of Blue Reports The grievous consequences of drought and global warming are more visible and dangerous in Australia than in any other industrialized nation.

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An Industrialized Nation Reckons With A 12-Year Drought In The Murray-Darling Basin

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Will the sky ever listen again?

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Video: Aboriginal Elder Beryl Carmichael Sings the River's Lament

Using chants and stories, Aboriginal elder Beryl Carmichael shares with Circle of Blue the spiritual and visceral pain of a dry and dying Darling River.

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Video: Caring for Basins Beyond Reform with Australian Scientist John Williams

It’s time to stop playing around with reform, says renowned Australian water scientist John Williams.

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