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Taiwan imposes water rationing as drought worsens

Taipei - More than one million households and businesses in Taiwan's heavily industrialised central regions were put on water rationing Tuesday, as the island battles its worst drought in 56 years.

Western states debate water supply in the Colorado River

As persistent drought and climate change threaten the Colorado River, the seven states that rely on the river's water are coming to the realization they likely won’t get what they were promised a century ago.

Climate change worsening Australia's extreme weather: scientists

Sydney - Climate change is already buffeting Australia with extreme bushfires, droughts and cyclones, and the fossil-fuel reliant country should brace for worse to come, according to the country's top science and weather agencies.

Drought casts shadow over prime Moroccan farming land

Agadir - Parched fields stretch as far as the eye can see on plains overlooking Agadir in southwestern Morocco, as precious water resources are diverted from the drought-hit agricultural heartland to households.

Climate change is driving the extremes in weather and wildfires

We have seen two intense heatwaves on the U.S. West Coast, followed by some of the most catastrophic wildfires in recent memory - while a few hundred miles to the East, temperatures dropped and two feet of snow fell. Coincidence? No, it's climate change.

COVID-19 plus heat-wave signals water shortages over the summer

People in the U.K. have been asked to preserve water, in the facing of impending water shortages. This is something that has been driven by the recent heatwave and a consequence of more people working at home as a result of COVID-19.

Drought drives Australia's sheep flock to record low

Sydney - Years of drought in Australia's east has caused the national sheep flock to shrink to the lowest levels since records began more than a century ago, agricultural figures revealed Thursday.Farmers sold-off or disposed of Aus$21 billion (US$13.

Climate change makes repeat 'Dust Bowl' twice as likely

Paris - Due to global warming, the United States is today more than twice as likely to endure a devastating "dust bowl" scenario than during the Great Depression, researchers said Monday.

Rain brings optimism for drought-plagued Aussie farmers

Tamworth - The coronavirus has brought new challenges for Australia's drought and bushfire-stricken farmers, but recent sustained rainfall and green shoots are now spurring hope of better times ahead.

Germany may be looking at serious drought conditions this year

Cologne - Germany’s spring showers haven’t materialized this year, and that’s drying out the country’s most important river, prompting concerns that key industrial goods might have trouble making it to their destination.

Global warming pushing US Southwest drought into a megadrought

A severe drought that has engulfed the American Southwest since the year 2000 is likely to soon be the most severe drought since the 800s, according to a new study.

Bushfires burned a fifth of Australia's forest: study

Paris - Australia's wildfires have destroyed more than a fifth of the country's forests, making the blazes "globally unprecedented" following a years-long drought linked to climate change, researchers said Monday.

Drought slashes Australian crop output to record low

Sydney - Australia's hottest and driest year on record has slashed crop production, with summer output expected to fall to the lowest levels on record, according to official projections released Tuesday.

5,000 feral camels culled in drought-hit Australia

Sydney - Helicopter-borne marksmen killed more than 5,000 camels in a five-day cull of feral herds that were threatening indigenous communities in drought-stricken areas of southern Australia, officials said Tuesday.

Drought ignites human-wildlife conflict in Zimbabwe

Hwange - Zimbabwean villager Dumisani Khumalo appeared to be in pain as he walked gingerly towards a chair under the shade of a tree near his one-room brick shack.The 45-year-old was attacked by a buffalo days earlier, and he was lucky to be on his feet.

Deadly bushfires leave large swathes of Australia incinerated

Bushfires ushered in the New Year in Australia, with thousands of firefighters battling more than 100 blazes across much of the country. Australia deployed military ships and aircraft Wednesday to bring water, food, and fuel to towns cut off by the fires.

After drought, floods compound Somalia's year of climate misery

Beledweyne - As Somalia withered from drought early this year, and her goats dropped dead from thirst, Maka Abdi Ali begged for rain. When the skies finally opened, nature was unmerciful.

Five years of thirst: S.Africa's Eastern Cape battles brutal drought

- South African farmer Steve Bothma heaved a sigh of relief when the weatherman finally predicted rain.His excitement was short-lived. Just a few days later, the forecast changed. It was back to cloudless sunshine.

Zimbabwe facing 'man-made' starvation, UN expert warns

Harare - Zimbabwe is facing "man-made" starvation with 60 percent of the people failing to meet basic food needs, a UN special envoy said Thursday after touring the southern African country.

Drought-hit Zimbabwe to transfer thousands of animals

Harare - Zimbabwe’s wildlife agency said Monday it would move hundreds of elephants and other animals in a dramatic bid to save them from a lethal drought.

Tomato jumping genes can help speed-breed drought-resistant crops

Cambridge - A new study from British researchers shows how harnessing tomato jumping genes can assist with the process of developing speed-breed drought-resistant crops, thereby helping to address world hunger.

Australian towns prepare for the day when the water is gone

Guyra - The little town of Guyra - population 2,000 - in eastern Australia lies next to a freshwater lagoon just half a day’s drive from Sydney, but its drinking water is due to run dry in 400 days’ time.

Zimbabwe capital city shuts main water plant, shortages loom

Harare - Zimbabwe’s capital shut its main waterworks on Monday citing shortages of foreign currency to import treatment chemicals, potentially leaving the city and surrounding towns two million residents without water and raising the risk of disease.

Bats starving to death in Australia drought

Sydney - Large numbers of bats are being found severely emaciated or starved to death in Australia amid a prolonged drought that is crippling their food supply, according to wildlife carers and environment officials.

'Day Zero' looms in Australian Outback as climate change bites

Stanthorpe - An unprecedented water shortage in drought-stricken eastern Australia is driving home the brutal realities of climate change and threatening the much-mythologised Outback way of life.

Alaskans experiencing fires, little rain and drought conditions

Anchorage - In one Alaska village, officials are barging in jugs of water and shutting off the public water supply 12 hours each day. In another, automatic flush toilets have been switched to manual flushing, and restaurants are serving meals on paper plates.

Water tankers prove a lifeline for India's parched villages

Shahapur - As Gajanand Dukre parks the water tanker in a drought-stricken Indian village, dozens of locals -- mostly women in saris -- come running with jerry cans, buckets and stainless steel pots.

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.
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In Inner Mongolia, locals have joined hands with the forestry department to create green cover on sand dunes
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Lake Hartwell, from a rest area on I-85 north, near Anderson, South Carolina. Photo courtesy of Alan Raflo, Virginia Water Resources Research Center.
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What once was a lake is now a mud puddle.
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A dry riverbed in California. Photo taken: March 15, 2009
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Surrounded by lush green hills lined with rows of Pine, Teenpiple village of Nepal is today like a picture postcard
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Coping with the famine in Somalia.
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Low water levels at Derwent Water, Cumbria, July 2006
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Corn shows the affect of drought in Texas on Aug. 20, 2013.
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DROUGHT: California's partially drained Mono Lake has even less water than usual as seen in this photo from August 2014.
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California's agriculture is dependent on water. Most large farms have sprinkler systems like those in the photo, to insure crops growth.
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Aerial operations in the Okefenokee Refuge April 11, 2017.
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Low water in Düsseldorf
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