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Tradition meets tech as Kenya's herders adapt to climate change

For generations, Kaltuma Hassan's clan would study the sky over Kenya's arid north for any sign of rain -- some wind here, a wisp of cloud there -- to guide their parched livestock to water.

North Korea seeing worst drought in a century: state media

Seoul - North Korea is experiencing its worst drought in over a century, official media reported Friday, days after the World Food Programme expressed "very serious concerns" about the situation in the country.

'Extreme drought' in North Korea: KCNA

Seoul - North Korea's average rain and snowfall this year fell to the lowest level in 37 years, Pyongyang's state media said Wednesday, just days after the UN expressed "grave concerns" about food shortages.

Forest fires blight Europe amid drought fears

Berlin - Weather experts warn of drought in Europe over its summer as firefighters tackled forest fires on Thursday, and farmers fretted over wilting crops and a repeat of 2018's arid conditions.

U.S. is facing an urgent clean water crisis Special

While there is considerable focus on clean water supply in low income countries, many more prosperous countries also have issues with water quality, according to campaigner Meena Sankaran. She raises some particular issues about water quality in the U.S.

California declared drought free for first time in seven years

California has emerged from a state-wide drought and has been declared 'drought free' for the fist time in seven years. This follows an abundance of rain and snow throughout the winter months.

'Hundreds of thousands' of cattle feared dead after Australia floods

Townsville - Hundreds of thousands of cattle weakened from a severe drought are feared to have died in record-breaking floods in northeastern Australia, authorities said Friday, as they stepped up efforts to feed surviving livestock.

Sea of white: 'Hundreds of thousands' of fish dead in Australia

Sydney - "Hundreds of thousands" of fish have died in drought-stricken Australia in the last few days and more mass deaths are likely to occur, the authorities warned Tuesday.

Excessive pumping of groundwater in Iran causes ground to sink

Tehran - Stressed by a 30-year drought and hollowed by excessive water pumping from the underground aquifer - the parched landscape around Iran’s capital has begun to sink dramatically.

In southern Madagascar, voters struggle for food before ballot

Taolanaro - One after another, the mothers sat their babies in the shade, on a mat placed on the dusty ground. This morning at least, their children will have enough to eat.

Red gold: Afghanistan saffron production grows

Herat - Starting before dawn has even broken, Afghanistan's army of saffron pickers shift their way across sun-baked fields to pluck brightly the coloured crocuses that are providing the country's farmers with a new means of income.

'Worst drought I have seen': Afghan farmers forced to flee

Herat - Wheat and opium farmer Murad Khan Ishaqzai, 80, has never seen a drought as bad as the one ravaging western Afghanistan where more than 250,000 people have been forced to abandon their homes.

California wildfires — Can we learn a lesson from the past?

Drought and abnormally dry conditions now cover 100 percent of California, up from 26 percent one year ago - making the state a literal tinderbox. The Camp Fire in Butte County is now ranked as one of the deadliest wildfires in U.S. history.

At least 44 people have died in destructive California wildfires

Fueled by blustery winds and parched vegetation, two massive fires burning in California both grew overnight, even as exhausted firefighters worked to extend containment lines. Today, the winds are expected to return.

From Germany to Australia, drought affecting national economies

Little rain, low water levels in rivers and bone-dry farmlands have affected crop production, delivery of goods and even disrupted oil and gas shipments, from Australia to Germany.

Drought-hit Rhine forces Germany to tap oil reserves

Frankfurt Am Main - The German government on Friday said it had authorised the release of strategic fuel reserves after record-low water levels in the drought-hit Rhine river badly disrupted oil shipments in recent weeks.

Three million Afghans in 'urgent' need of food: UN

Kabul - At least three million Afghans are in "urgent" need of food and could face famine if they do not get help, the United Nations warned Monday, as the war-torn country battles the worst drought in living memory.

'Hunger stones' tell Elbe's centuries-old tale of drought

Decin - Once an ominous harbinger of hard times and even famine due to critically low water levels, a massive "hunger stone" embedded deep in the Elbe River has reappeared in the Czech Republic after Europe's long, dry summer.

Australia drought extends despite 'widespread, significant rain'

Sydney - A devastating drought that has left Australian farmers struggling to stay afloat is set to persist despite widespread and significant rain last month, authorities have said.

Dire message left on stones in Czech river: 'If you see me, weep'

Ancient ominous warnings carved on usually submerged boulders along the Elbe River had for centuries driven fear into the hearts of Czechs, but their reappearance during this year’s drought is just a reminder of how tough people had it.

'No grass': Europe's livestock sector stricken by drought

Paris - "Our cows have been living off hay cut in June, there isn't any grass," says Jean-Guillaume Hannequin, a farmer in eastern France, who like his counterparts across much of northern Europe is wondering how he will feed his animals this winter.

Rain brings relief to drought-stricken Australia farmers

Sydney - Widespread rain fell across drought-affected parts of eastern Australia over the weekend, bringing relief to farmers struggling to cope with the driest conditions in more than half a century.

Western U.S. drought taking its toll on farmers' crops and cattle

Over half the western U.S. is currently experiencing some level of drought, reports the U.S. Drought Monitor. Sparsely populated areas in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, in particular, are grappling with dry conditions of historic proportions.

Australia ramps up aid to farmers as drought bites

Sydney - Financial aid for drought-stricken Australian farmers will be increased to Aus$1.8 billion (US$1.3 billion) as they endure the driest conditions in half a century, the prime minister said Sunday.

Australian drought brings early start to bushfire season

Sydney - Large parts of Australia are caught up in a devastating drought, and it is set to intensify over the next three months, fueling unseasonable bushfires.

Farmers in war-torn Afghanistan hit by worst drought in decades

Mazar-e Sharif - After his wheat crop failed and wells dried up, Ghulam Abbas sold his animals and joined thousands of other farmers migrating to cities as Afghanistan's worst drought in living memory ravages the war-torn country.

N. Korea says 'unprecedented' heatwave causing heavy crop damage

Seoul - North Korea on Thursday warned that an "unprecedented" heatwave has caused heavy damage to crops as it urged citizens to "join the struggle" to prevent drought-like conditions from worsening and hampering food production in the impoverished country.

Western North America drought conditions fuel deadly wildfires

Hot and dry, with no rain in sight - This has been the weather forecast for much of the western coast of North America for the past several weeks, worsening drought-like conditions leading to hundreds of wildfires.

Iraqi farmers fight to save cattle from drought

- Iraqi farmer Sayyed Sattar knows he'll soon have to let some of his buffalo go as he surveys the herd bathing in a dwindling pond close to the holy city of Najaf.

Record drought grips Germany's breadbasket

Niederndodeleben - Withered sunflowers, scorched wheat fields, stunted cornstalks -- the farmlands of northern Germany have borne the brunt of this year's extreme heat and record-low rainfall, triggering an epochal drought.
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