Monthly archives: March 2009

Mar

22
2009

Second Year Of Drought Devastates Iraqi Agriculture

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-03.21.09- A prolonged drought has hit the region extending from Turkey to Afghanistan, and farmers in many areas are losing hope that it will ever end. For two years, the fields of Iraq have been covered in dust, which is whipped up into dust storms on windy days. And it doesn’t matter whether those fields rely on rainfall or irrigation to grow their crops. There simply is no water — in the sky or on the ground. Read more


Mar

22
2009

Drought Reveals Iraqi Archaeological Treasures

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-3.20.09- Iraq is suffering one of the worst droughts in decades. While this is bad news for farmers, it is good news for archaeologists in the country. The receding waters of the Euphrates River have revealed ancient archaeological sites, some of which were unknown until now. Read more


Mar

22
2009

Floods in Namibia Take Heavy Toll

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-03.21.09 – Namibia, normally a very dry country, has been pummeled with torrential rains for the past five weeks. The United Nations reports the scale of the disaster is huge. It says the level of the Zambezi River has risen seven meters. Heights such as these have not been recorded since 1963. Read more


Mar

22
2009

ND city scrambles to prepare for record flooding

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-03.21.09- The city of Fargo is racing to fill 1.5 million sandbags to prepare for record flooding as a nearby river is expected to crest more than 20 feet above flood stage. The National Weather Service projected that the Red River would crest between 37 feet and 40 feet between March 28 and April 1. That’s about 22 feet above flood stage and about a half-foot higher than the 1997 spring flood that swamped several homes. A storm also was expected to drop one or two inches of rain in the Red River Valley starting Sunday. Read more


Mar

18
2009

Flood fears on the rise in the upper Midwest

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-03.17.09- Officials in Grand Forks, N.D. are debating when to add clay and sandbags to the city’s dike system for extra flood protection. The system was built to protect the area from a Red River level of 60 feet, but the latest flood outlook says there’s more than a 10% chance the river will top that level. Read more


Mar

18
2009

Drought grips Texas cattle country

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-03.18.09- High temperatures and lack of rainfall the past 18 months have decimated grass needed for grazing and forced ranchers to sell off herds of cattle. The first two months of 2009 were the driest start of any year since the USA began keeping records more than a century ago, according to meteorologists. Read more


Mar

18
2009

Spring to emerge earlier than ever

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-03.14.09- Spring is likely to arrive ever earlier as a result of climate change, a survey by nature watchers suggests, after they spotted birds nesting and plants flowering across the UK already. Despite one of the coldest winters in recent memory there has already been evidence of wildlife responding up to three weeks in advance of normal. The new season does not officially begin until next week’s vernal equinox, but already there have been unusually early sightings across the UK. Thousands of people are responsible for reporting their observations to Woodland Trust’s Nature’s Calendar on which the findings are based. “There will be variations year on year, but if we look back over the past 30 years we can see a marked advancement of Spring – two or three weeks for insects and a week for plants.” Read more


Mar

18
2009

Mudslide destroys homes in Norway

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-03.13.09- Six houses, three holiday cottages and several cars were destroyed in a mudslide in Namsos in northern Norway. The mudslide, which witnesses said was around 300 hundred meters wide, swept a whole stretch of land into the sea. Read more


Mar

18
2009

Climate takes rap for deadly fires

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-03.16.09- The severity of bushfires that killed more than 200 people in Australia in February is being blamed largely on climate change. Scientists say that the extreme weather conditions that fuel forest fires are symptomatic of climate change. Read more


Mar

18
2009

Scientists plan to drive the Northwest Passage

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-03.13.09- Scientists preparing for the exploration of Mars are planning history’s first car drive through the fabled Northwest Passage, a trip they said on Friday will provide data on global warming and man’s potential impact on other planets. Environmental scientists warn that global warming has been melting summer ice in the Northwest Passage, and channel was opened though it briefly in 2007 and 2008, the first time that had happened in modern memory Read more