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Article ID: 704435

Rethinking Australia's climate history

University of Adelaide

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found evidence of climate change that coincided with the first wave of European settlement of Australia, which effectively delivered a double-punch of drying and land clearance to the country. The research, published in Quaternary Science Reviews, suggests that eastern Australia, including Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, was much drier after 1890 than the Little Ice Age period that preceded it.

Released:
27-Nov-2018 12:05 AM EST

Article ID: 703668

Millions in Danger of Food Insecurity Due to Severe Caribbean Droughts

Cornell University

Climate change is impacting the Caribbean, with millions facing increasing food insecurity and decreasing freshwater availability as droughts become more likely across the region, according to new Cornell University research in Geophysical Research Letters.

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8-Nov-2018 3:05 PM EST

Article ID: 703276

How one tough shrub could help fight hunger in Africa

Ohio State University

The trick to boosting crops in drought-prone, food-insecure areas of West Africa could be a ubiquitous native shrub that persists in the toughest of growing conditions. Growing these shrubs side-by-side with the food crop millet increased millet production by more than 900 percent.

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2-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 703062

Drought Fighters in the Dirt

University of Delaware

Researchers have found a natural way to help plants retain water, using a strain of beneficial bacteria living right in the soil around the plant roots. The goal is to use this microbe on a larger scale to combat droughts and increase crop yields.

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30-Oct-2018 12:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 702182

Global Warming Will Have Us Crying in What’s Left of Our Beer

University of California, Irvine

On top of rising sea levels, stronger hurricanes and worsening wildfires, scientists project that human-caused climate change will result in one of the most dire consequences imaginable: a disruption in the global beer supply.

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15-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 701944

How Drought and Other Extremes Impact Water Pollution

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

One in 10 Americans depends on the Colorado River for bathing and drinking. Last fall’s record-high temperatures reduced Colorado snowpack in winter 2018 to 66 percent of normal, sparking concern over water shortages downstream and leaving water managers fearful of a repeat. Berkeley Lab hydrological science expert Bhavna Arora explains how unseasonably warm weather and drought can affect water quality.

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10-Oct-2018 11:30 AM EDT
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Article ID: 701463

More Wet and Dry Weather Extremes Projected with Global Warming

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Global warming is projected to spawn more extreme wet and dry weather around the world, according to a Rutgers-led study. Those extremes include more frequent dry spells in the northwestern, central and southern United States and in Mexico, and more frequent heavy rainfall events in south Asia, the Indochinese Peninsula and southern China.

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4-Oct-2018 5:00 AM EDT
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    19-Sep-2018 1:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 700657

Diverse Forests Are Stronger Against Drought

University of Utah

In a paper published in Nature, researchers led by University of Utah biologist William Anderegg report that forests with trees that employ a high diversity of traits related to water use suffer less of an impact from drought. The results, which expand on previous work that looked at individual tree species’ resilience based on hydraulic traits, lead to new research directions on forest resilience and inform forest managers working to rebuild forests after logging or wildfire.

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17-Sep-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 700507

How does the California drought affect diners in New York? New uses of data can answer that question.

Northern Arizona University

Informatics professor Ben Ruddell will leverage the datasets and methods they produced for FEWSION to map the water footprint of western agriculture and demonstrate the indirect effects caused by changes in snowmelt.

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13-Sep-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 700262

Drought, Conflict and Migration in Kenya

University of Utah

The study is the first to use a nationwide survey representing an entire country in sub-Saharan Africa to find connections between droughts, migration and violence. The survey asked if respondents had to move because of drought, were victims of violence, and, using an indirect questioning method, whether they have latent support violence.

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10-Sep-2018 1:05 PM EDT

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