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Two degrees no longer seen as global warming guardrail

Paris - Limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius will not prevent destructive and deadly climate impacts, as once hoped, dozens of experts concluded in a score of scientific studies released Monday.A world that heats up by 2C (3.

UN and EU say food insecurity worsens as conflicts rage

Paris - The food security of around 124 million people worldwide was under acute threat at the end of last year, mostly because of worsening conflicts and drought, the UN and EU said Thursday.

Drought-stricken Cape Town counts the cost

Cape Town - South African winemaker Marlize Jacobs looks out across the parched brown earth that sustains her award-winning vines, surveying the effects of the water crisis ravaging Cape Town and surrounding areas.

Thousands of farmers march in Madrid over 'surreal' drought

Madrid - Thousands of farmers from Spain's parched southeast, marched in Madrid Wednesday to ask the government for help as their crops are threatened by a "surreal" drought that is also putting jobs at risk.

New study — Climate change threatens major crops in California

Over the last 10-years, farmers in California have experienced the symptoms of climate change — less winter chill, crops blooming earlier, more heat waves and years of drought when the state baked in record temperatures.

S.Africa declares drought a 'national disaster'

Cape Town - South Africa on Tuesday declared a "national disaster" over a drought that has ravaged parts of the country and threatened to leave homes in Cape Town without running water.

South Africa declares drought a 'national disaster'

Cape Town - South Africa on Tuesday declared a "national disaster" over a drought that has ravaged parts of the country and threatened to leave the city of Cape Town without domestic tap water.

Worsening Ethiopian drought threatens to end nomadic lifestyle

Addis Ababa - Down a sandy track past a desiccated animal carcass lies a cluster of half-built huts that Ethiopia's government and aid agencies hope will blunt the worsening toll of repeated droughts.

For global water crisis, climate may be the last straw

Paris - Before man-made climate change kicked in -- and well before "Day Zero" in Cape Town, where taps may run dry in early May -- the global water crisis was upon us.

Vulnerable fear Cape Town's water shut-off

Cape Town - At Cape Town's Nazareth House, a care home for dozens of vulnerable, disabled and orphaned children, feeding time is executed with military precision.

As Cape Town drought bites, what is 'Day Zero'?

Cape Town - Cape Town is in the grip of a catastrophic three-year-long drought as winter rains have repeatedly failed causing dam levels to drop to dangerously low levels.

Will Cape Town be world's first major city to run out of water?

Cape Town - Residents of Cape Town, South Africa's second most populous city, will run out of water by mid-April according to local government authorities. Residents have been told to limit usage to 50 liters per person per day. An average bath holds 80 liters.

More than 40 percent of California experiencing moderate drought

On Thursday, scientists announced more than 40 percent of California is experiencing a moderate drought, while state water officials confirmed lower-than-normal snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada.

Panic and blame as Cape Town braces for water shut-off

Cape Town - For some residents of drought-stricken Cape Town, the prospect of the taps running dry is almost too much to bear.

Cape Town now faces dry taps by April 12

Cape Town - As Cape Town suffers its worst drought in a century, residents were warned Tuesday that they face losing piped water to their homes on April 12 -- a whole nine days earlier than predicted.

Cape Town water ration to be slashed as drought bites

Cape Town - Cape Town will next month slash its individual daily water consumption limit by 40 percent to 50 litres, the mayor said Thursday, as the city battles its worst drought in a century.

Arctic sea ice loss could drive California droughts

Melting Arctic sea ice could make California more vulnerable to increasing occurrences of droughts of the magnitude seen in recent years, according to new research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists.

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought

Madrid - Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops -- and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent.

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought

Madrid - Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops -- and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent.

Central Indian floods have tripled: study

Paris - Violent floods in central India have tripled since 1950, according to researchers who warned Tuesday of worse to come while offering hope for predicting them better in future.

Italy heatwave and drought spark killer wildfires

Rome - A heatwave that has left Italy sweltering in record temperatures sparked wildfires Thursday which claimed the life of one elderly woman and forced the closure of a major highway.

Health risk alarm over water rationing in Rome

Rome - Plans to ration water in drought-hit Rome could have serious consequences for public health, Italy's health minister warned Wednesday.

Kenyan cattle herders defend 'necessary' land invasions

- Close by a narrow, rickety bridge in Kenya's central Laikipia highlands two herders sit on blistering hot rock next to the muddy trickle of the Ewaso Nyiro river to explain why they routinely break the law, invading private land to graze their cattle.

The realities of scarce water resources around the globe

Water is the one resource that all life on Earth needs to survive - That's a fact. However, water has taken on a greater role, and not just in the political and economic scheme of things, but in how it is intertwined into the very fabric of our lives.

Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia

- The Somali people of Ethiopia's southeast have a name for the drought that has killed livestock, dried up wells and forced hundreds of thousands into camps: sima, which means "equalised".

Drought may expand its grip on north-central U.S. this summer

Bismarck - It's June, and already, North and South Dakota are experiencing a severe drought, while portions of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan are experiencing abnormally dry conditions. And according to the forecast, it could get worse.

Cape Town hunkers down as cold front brings threat of more fires

Knysna - Cape Town, SA was hit with its first winter storm this week, bringing gale-force winds, snow, and very rough seas with waves of over 9 meters (30 feet). Bushfires fueled by the winds have already killed nine people and more severe weather is forecast.

Fleeing hunger, Somali women raped in displacement camps

Afgooye - He was thin but strong, in a new uniform and boots. After forcing his way into Hawo's ragged shelter the man put a gun to her throat, then raped her, twice.

Cape Town has less than 10 percent usable water remaining

Cape Town - In a speech before the full council on Wednesday, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille described the scenario of the city running out of water as a “crisis of catastrophic proportions," warning that water scarcity was now the “New Normal”.

Southeast hit by drought-busting rainfall —Flooding possible

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most regions of the southeastern U.S. through Friday where possible rainfall levels of one to four inches are expected.
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Cape Town is Africa s 10th largest city and is home to 64 percent of the Western Cape s population. ...
Cape Town is Africa's 10th largest city and is home to 64 percent of the Western Cape's population. A level 4 Drought Disaster has been declared as of Monday, May 22, 2017.
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A child of Somali refugees  at a camp in Malkadiida  Ethiopia.
A child of Somali refugees, at a camp in Malkadiida, Ethiopia.
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The effects of drought and acid rain can be seen on the periphery of this forest in the Jizera Mount...
The effects of drought and acid rain can be seen on the periphery of this forest in the Jizera Mountains, Czech Republic.
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A snake found in Oklahoma
A snake found in Oklahoma
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ON THE MOVE: A cable car keeps working in the rain on Powell Street in San Francisco in 2010.
ON THE MOVE: A cable car keeps working in the rain on Powell Street in San Francisco in 2010.
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A view of Escalante Desert in Utah
A view of Escalante Desert in Utah
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Lake Hartwell  from a rest area on I-85 north  near Anderson  South Carolina. Photo courtesy of Alan...
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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Drought Monitor - Conditions as of June 7  2016.
Drought Monitor - Conditions as of June 7, 2016.
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A New Mexico farm
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Climate change and drought is impacting our forests.
Climate change and drought is impacting our forests.
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Coping with the famine in Somalia.
Coping with the famine in Somalia.
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A sign of the times in California in 2015.
A sign of the times in California in 2015.
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Dust storm approaching Stratford  Texas. Dust bowl surveying in Texas.
Photo Date: April 18  1935
Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas. Dust bowl surveying in Texas. Photo Date: April 18, 1935
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Satellites show California s Jan. snowpack looking healthier than it has for several winters. On the...
Satellites show California's Jan. snowpack looking healthier than it has for several winters. On the left, satellite view on Dec. 20, 2016, and on the right, the satellite view on Ja. 24, 2017.
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Extent of Drought in South Dakota.
Extent of Drought in South Dakota.
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Wet weather is critical for irrigating crops in South Africa  but in 2015  there s been little or no...
Wet weather is critical for irrigating crops in South Africa, but in 2015, there's been little or no rains. Water levels in irrigation dams are around 50% and below.
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