New Zealand on the way to the declaration of drought

September 30, 2013. After a long period of dry weather and lack of abnormal rainfall almost throughout the New Zealand authorities are seriously thinking about how to officially declare a state of drought.

Since the beginning of this summer the local rural economy experienced severe lack of rain, which affected the status of future crops and pastures, on which depends the well-being of livestock. The first in a dangerous state of drought came all the North Island, this was followed by the West Coast of the South Island. To "drought" may be extended to the first days of October.

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Winter drought in the Iberian Peninsula

Winter drought in the Iberian Peninsula Weather and Climate

For the Iberian Peninsula winter of 2011-2012 was one of the driest in the last 70-80 years. In Spain, for the three winter months the average rainfall of 55 liters per km ², while the rate for the winter of 200 liters. Such a drought in Spain has not happened since 1940, and Portugal in the 1980s. Forecasts at the beginning of spring in both countries are not encouraging — dry weather will continue until the end of March.

A terrible consequence of this early spring weather were fires that destroy

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Arab Spring has caused drought

May 17, 2013. U.S. scientists have put forward an unexpected explanation of the reasons for which the world in recent years swept the various political upheavals and even revolutions, the largest of which was the "Arab Spring." According to them, these disturbances is alleged climate — or rather, it changes. The fact that a connection can be between weather and unrest, in an interview with "Rosbaltu" have told the authors of the report "The Arab Spring and climate change", co-directors of the Center for Climate and Security Francesco Femia and Caitlin Uerrell.

— Why did you decide that

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In Namibia, a state of emergency due to drought

May 22, 2013. The entire territory of Namibia officially declared area, where a state of emergency. This decision was taken because of the leadership of the country's extreme drought that has engulfed the whole state, which is already located in the desert. Even laid a portion of scarce rainfall was over Namibia this year, so it will retain its status as the dry state in sub-Saharan Africa.

Lack of moisture is already affecting the state of the new harvest, here and there throughout his size decreased by 48%. Particularly affected maize crops — a key crop Namib people. Crops

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In Spain, there will be more dry days

In Spain, there will be more days of dry weather and climate

A group of scientists from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena have developed a method of forecasting dry periods, which can be used in any European country. To study the data were taken from 1980. In the experiment, it was found that the duration and the number of dry periods is growing. In early 2011, the water level in the rivers of Spain was approximately 77.83% of the usual amount. By the end of the year due to weak rainfall decreased to 62.01%. If the trend continues, by 2050

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In dehydrated Texas adopted the Water Act

June 2, 2013. Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a bill on the state of water supply. The document provides for the implementation of a wide range of measures to combat the drought. In the coming years, the state government will give favorable loans for all projects related to the production and preservation of water, be it construction of reservoirs, digging wells, and so on. A particular point of law is to create 2-billion state fund for a "rainy day."

At the signing ceremony, the governor of the law, said: "We are making history. We protect the future of our state,

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Winter season brings famine in parts of Afghanistan because of the summer drought

Winter season brings famine in parts of Afghanistan because of the summer drought Weather and Climate

More than 2 million Afghans in the coming months will be in severe starvation without the possibility to get support. In winter, cut off from any assistance are usually mountainous areas. This year, 14 provinces were not able to provide enough wheat because of severe drought. In some provinces, the crop was completely destroyed. As a result, 90% of families are forced to live on credit, as food prices increased by 2 times. But hunger lies ahead without the possibility to get help, because

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The worst drought in the history of Africa — the handiwork of the West

June 11, 2013. According to the findings of a study published in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters, the most severe drought in the history of Africa was not caused by excessive overgrazing by livestock, and even inefficient use of land. The real reason — air pollution Western countries.

During the period from 1970 to 1990 in Africa, a severe drought prevailed. Millions of people starved continent, hundreds of thousands of people have died … In order to prevent the recurrence of such disasters, scientists are looking for the answer to the question of what caused the African

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Their grain to Russia until just leave yourself

Moscow introduced a temporary ban on grain exports. While it is expected to last until the end of the year. To take such measures forcing natural heat, which will lead to a reduction in yield. Such problems are experienced not only Russia, but also the global market as a whole.

An incredible hot bread inflated "bubble"

"The stock is no sore" — that is explained Vladimir Putin decided to introduce before the end of the year a temporary ban on the export of Russian grain. It was at this meeting of the presidium of the government. This

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U.S. South under the rule of the fire

June 3, 2013. The strongest in the U.S. drought led to massive fires in California, Colorado and New Mexico.

The temperature in some regions reached the mark of 40 degrees Celsius. Representatives of the U.S. Forest Service argued that such a drought in the region has not seen since the middle of last century.

The rapid spread of the fire to a strong wind. In the Angeles National Forest fire engulfed an area of over 100 square kilometers. The fire has destroyed six homes, injured 15, and continues to threaten hundreds of buildings.

The fire crept north of Los

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