Monthly archives: July 2009

Jul

28
2009

Yangtze River water level at 140-year low

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-01.17.08- A couple walk on the bed of the dried up Yangtze: Global warming, population pressure, and inefficient use of resources have all contributed to a nationwide water shortage In a new sign of China’s water and environmental crisis, cargo boats on the Yangtze have been stranded on river banks as its levels have fallen to a 140-year low. Read more


Jul

28
2009

Australia’s wine growers facing ruin unless the rains come

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-05.19.09- Almost half of Australia’s wine industry is facing disaster as a drought caused by climate change and the overuse of Australia’s biggest river system is threatening to turn its vines to dust. Read more


Jul

28
2009

Drought threatens water supply of more than a million Australians

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-07.20.08- More than a million people in Australia could face drinking water shortages if the country�s seven-year drought does not break soon, a government report has warned. The bleak report into the future of the Murray-Darling river system found the situation had become “critical”. Read more


Jul

28
2009

Millions at risk from food and water shortages’

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-06.10.09- Millions of people living in the world�s poorest countries will be at increased risk from food and water shortages unless action is taken now, top scientists have warned. Next month’s G8 summit in Japan had to make adapting to climate change and cutting greenhouse a priority issue, they said. Read more


Jul

28
2009

Sea of Galilee water level at lowest on record

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-08.29.08- The waters of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus is said to have once sailed are at their lowest level on record due to drought and demand from Israel, it has been claimed. The freshwater lake which supplies Israel with much of its drinking water and irrigation has been hit by a combination of four years of drought and relentless demand from homeowners and farmers in the region. The waters are now at their lowest on record and are set to fall even lower. Read more


Jul

28
2009

Dozens missing in China landslide

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-07.23.09- At least 53 people have been reported missing after a landslide struck a road-building crew in a remote area of south-west China’s Sichuan province. The landslide, triggered by heavy rains, has formed a lake several kilometres long, Xinhua said. Read more


Jul

28
2009

Forest fires kill Spanish firemen

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-07.22.09- Four firefighters have been killed while trying to tackle forest fires in north-eastern Spain. Temperatures of around 40C have helped fan fires, not only in the north but also near Madrid in central Spain. Read more


Jul

28
2009

Landslides hit Japanese care home

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-07.23.09- Police, soldiers and rescue workers are searching for nine people missing after torrential rains triggered floods and landslides in southern Japan. Five residents of the nursing home in Hofu City in Yamaguchi Prefecture were found in piles of rocks and mud by rescue workers and dogs. Yamaguchi has seen record rainfall for July. Read more


Jul

28
2009

Tropical storm unlikely in Atlantic basin: NHC

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-07.22.09- A tropical wave over the Dominican Republic and Haiti won’t develop into a tropical cyclone over the next day or so, and will not reach the oil rich Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center and weather models forecast Wednesday. Read more


Jul

28
2009

El Nino continues to develop-Australian met bureau

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-07.22.09- An El Nino continues to develop in the Pacific Ocean with sea temperatures above average, but other weather indicators are fluctuating, Australia’s weather bureau said on Wednesday in its latest report. “While El Nino indicators have fluctuated over the past few weeks, the overall picture remains one of a developing El Nino event,” the Bureau of Meteorology said. Read more