Trends and Policies

Oct

26
2014

Yosemite rangers try to keep hungry bears at bay

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Wrcbtv.com reports that...

Rangers at Yosemite National Park are in a constant battle to keep wild black bears – with their ultra-keen noses and powerful paws and jaws – far away from humans.

For the last 16 years, park rangers have done their best to warn visitors about the perils of leaving food in their cars, which a bear can easily peel open for a quick treat. And now a bear management team has begun outfitting bears with sophisticated GPS tracking collars to better understand their movements.

Overall, reported bear encounters have plunged by 92 percent since 1998, when the park embarked on a concerted public education campaign.

Despite their long-term progress, park rangers have lost ground in the battle this year.

The instances of bears raiding campgrounds and parking lots for human food are up by 35 percent from Jan. 1 to Oct. 19 compared to the same period last year- the second such increase during the state’s three consecutive dry years. Officials say the heightened bear activity may be partly caused by the drought cutting the supply of berries and other natural bear food.

Read more at www.wrcbtv.com


Oct

26
2014

Torrential rains cause floods in Athens

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Worldbulletin.net reports that...

Torrential rains caused floods in Athens and the western suburbs of the capital on Friday.

Flooding was knee-deep in the streets, and the water penetrated houses and shops.

The fire department received more than 600 calls.

The worst flooding was in the western suburbs of Athens. In one of them, Peristeri, cars floated on the torrents and ended up in piles. In Ilion, 30 cars were completely submerged by the floods. Fifteen cars were trapped in the three-storey underground parking lot of a big super market chain.

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Oct

25
2014

Cotton suffers from low prices

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Moultrieobserver.com reports that...

Well into the cotton harvest, Colquitt County growers are seeing decent yields, at least on irrigated land.

Prices, however, are not working in farmers’ favor and dryland cotton is, for some, a disaster situation.

 

Read more at www.moultrieobserver.com


Oct

19
2014

Drought, Heat Relief For Brazil, Paraguay

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Accuweather.com reports that...

October began extremely dry and unseasonably hot across much of eastern Brazil as well as in Paraguay, but changes are on the way.

The core of drought conditions and heat were felt from eastern Paraguay into the Brazil states from Parana to Mato Grosso and Bahia. Just a short distance to the south, across the state of Rio Grande do Sul, rainfall has been well above average and temperatures close to normal.

So far this month, many locations across eastern Brazil and Paraguay saw little to no rainfall with most areas receiving 10 percent or less of normal precipitation. Going back even further, since the start of the summer season (June), much of this same area has seen less than half of their normal rainfall.

Read more at www.accuweather.com


Oct

17
2014

SOMALIA: Aid agency says the country is on the brink of famine.

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Raxanreeb.com reports that...

Nairobi (RBC) Somalia is once again under the brink of another humanitarian catastrophe, says aid agency, World Vision International.

The organization raised the red flag today over a severe drought as well serious food and water shortages that are having life-threatening consequences on over 3.2 million people in the country.

“We are extremely concerned that the figures have increased by 20% over the last 6 months. Sadly 218,000 children are now severely malnourished,” said Francois Batalingaya, World Vision’s Country Director in Somalia. “The world must act now and let it not forget that it waited too long for the famine that killed thousands in 2010 to occur.”

Humanitarian agencies have for the last 10 months been calling for action over the drought situation where 2.9 million people were in need of help. However United Nations recently estimated the figures to 3.2 million. About 1.1 million of the affected people (mostly in South Central regions) are families that have been displaced families by the long drawn conflict in the country.

World Vision says that majority of farmers were not able to harvest any grain due to the failure of the rain seasons. Water sources and pasture have dried up too thus causing death of thousands of animals. Furthermore, the ongoing conflict has caused market disruptions and reduced access to seasonal agricultural employment.

Read more at www.raxanreeb.com


Oct

14
2014

California Drought’s Newest Target: The Great Pumpkins

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Nbcnews.com reports that...

The list of crops affected by California’s ongoing drought is growing. This time it’s pumpkins.

While this year’s crop is expected to be normal—a pumpkin from California weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a new tournament record this week—the lack of water is forcing many pumpkin growers to face the possibility of plowing over their pumpkin patches sooner than later.

Read more at www.nbcnews.com


Oct

14
2014

Typhoon Vongfong Leaves Two Dead, Nearly 100 Injured in Japan

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Newsweek.com reports that...

A powerful storm that battered Japan with high winds and torrential rain, and killed two people, headed off out over the Pacific on Tuesday and was downgraded to a tropical depression.

Typhoon Vongfong, at one point the strongest storm to hit Japan this year, was on Tuesday afternoon off the coast of the Tohoku region devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

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Oct

13
2014

‘Weak’ El Niño 2014 to Start In 4-8 Weeks

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Au.ibtimes.com reports that...

The El Niño weather phenomenon that forecasters had anticipated for so long will begin in the next four to eight weeks. It will, however, be a weak one, much to the chagrin of drought-stricken California.

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center on Thursday said the El Niño, which was first announced early this year, would be happening in a month or two. Forecasters expect it to continue until into spring. But while forecasters agree there is a 2-in-3 chance of El Niño happening between November 2014 to January 2015, it will “likely remain weak … throughout its duration.”

An El Niño occurs when sea surface temperatures hit more than 0.5 degrees Celsius during the long term average. Presently, sea surface temperatures are only up by 0.3 degrees.

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Oct

11
2014

Cyclone wind speeds revised up again to 180 km/hr gusting to 195 km/hr

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M.thehindubusinessline.com reports that...

The India Met Department has revised upwards for a second time expected wind speeds of very severe cyclone Hudhud at the time of landfall tomorrow.The Met now says that the system may pack peak wind speeds of 170 to 180 km/hr gusting to 195 km/hr when it crosses Visakhapatnam tomorrow morning.

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Oct

11
2014

Powerful Typhoon Vongfong Slams Okinawa, Mainland Japan Next

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M.accuweather.com reports that...

While Japan is recovering from formerTyphoon Phanfone, another typhoon is approaching the country.Typhoon Vongfong, meaning “the wasp” in Cantonese, is currently crossing the Rtykyu Islands, located to the south of Japan. The center of the typhoon passed across the island of Okinawa very late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, local time.This dangerous typhoon has already recorded a brutal history. Vongfong brought flooding rainfall and damaging wind to the northern Mariana Islands on last Sunday, local time. Wind gusts over 89 kph (55 mph) and rainfall over 75 millimeters (3 inches) were common.

Read more at m.accuweather.com