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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.

Drought across northern and central Europe worst in recent memory

Farmers across northern and central Europe are facing crop failure and bankruptcy as one of the most intense regional droughts in recent memory strengthens its grip.

Sweden's farmers count cost of historic drought

Norrt - As an unprecedented drought scorches large swathes of Sweden's green pastures, farmers are having to send their animals to slaughter because they have no hay left to feed them."This is the worst thing I've ever experienced...

California wildfire season is mirroring 2017 and that's not good

Sacramento - The most important issue facing California lawmakers today is wildfires. And as the issue rises over Sacramento like the smoke from last year's blazes, the state is now forced to look at the possibility 2018 will be a repeat of last year.

Iraq's treasured amber rice crop devastated by drought

Diwaniyah - Standing on his farm in southern Iraq, Amjad al-Kazaali gazed sorrowfully over fields where rice has been sown for centuries -- but which now lie bare for lack of water.

Drought haunts farmers in Poland, Baltic states

Warsaw - Poland's prime minister on Wednesday warned of "very significant" crop losses as the EU country scrambled to help farmers struggling to cope with an unusual spring drought amid soaring temperatures.

S.Africa lifts state of disaster over drought

Johanesburg - The South African government said Wednesday that the national state of disaster it declared in March over a drought that ravaged parts of the country had lapsed after significant rainfall.

Forest fires rage as India resort town grapples with water crisis

Shimla - Helicopters doused forest fires raging near the drought-stricken Indian resort of Shimla on Friday as more police were deployed to guard water tankers in the historic Himalayan town.

Drought conditions set to intensify in U.S. Southwest

Rivers are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest.

In southern Iraq, drought tightens its grip

- Abu Ali carefully crank-starts a generator to pump water from a well out into his parched field in southern Iraq. There used to be no need for a well in his village, but a creeping drought is now threatening agriculture and livelihoods in the area.

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.
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