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Coverage of drought since July 10, 2024.

AI wildfire early detection system is like a fire alarm in the forest, says chief

"...Last year's wildfire season was the most destructive in B. C. history, burning more than 28,000 square kilometres of land and forcing thousands of people to evacuate communities in the Okanagan and the Shuswap..."


MiRCH: CCS Launches New Interface, Tracks May and June Deployments

"...In May and June 2024, the Military Responses to Climate Hazards (MiRCH) identified 35 military responses to climate change-related hazards in 12 countries, including wildfires, floods, storms, extreme heat, and landslides..."


After Beryl, Houston-area farmers pull together to face unique challenges

"...Extreme weather like drought, floods and storms all hit farmers hard, especially those with small outfits, and scientists expect many of those nasty conditions to get worse as a result of climate change..."


Small wildfire leads to precautionary evacuation of climate change research facility in Colorado

"...BOULDER, Colo. (AP) A small wildfire started Friday on a trail near a Colorado facility where scientists research climate change, including worsening wildfires, leading officials to evacuate the building..."


Arizona wildfire sparks evacuations on reservation as officials warn of rising fire risk in the West

"...LOS ANGELES (AP) A wildfire that authorities say was fueled by strong winds has led to the evacuation of residents on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona, as authorities in Western states warned of the rising risk of wildfires amid a protracted heat wave this week that dried out the landscape, set temperature records and put lives at risk..."


Canada's wildfire season close to 10-year average heading into the peak summer

"... The remnants of Hurricane Beryl have brought flash floods and destruction to parts of the Maritimes, but federal officials say the storm has also reduced the risk of wildfires in parts of Eastern Canada, at least for now..."


Increasingly popular

"...But Flores co-op has a unique insurance policy: a Luxembourg-based company working with a local Philippines-based insurer pays policyholders based solely on the amount of rainfall and wind speed in a defined area, as measured by satellites. The policies are designed to protect against flooding, drought and typhoons, as well as heat waves..."


BC wildfire: real-time map, news and resources The Narwhal

"...Whether a wildfire has a natural or human cause, underlying conditions determine how the fire behaves and how big it can get. Drought conditions, decades of fire suppression and forest management practices (including mono-crop tree plantations) are all factors. And a hotter, drier climate is exacerbating those conditions..."


Devastated by record flooding and tornadoes, Iowa tallies over $130 million in storm damage

"...Scientists say that without specific study they cannot directly link a single weather event to human-caused climate change, but in general its responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme storms, droughts, floods and wildfires..."


B.C. heat triggers burst of fire activity, new evacuation order in central Interior

"...British Columbia's wildfire service says forest fuels are more susceptible to fire starts after seven consecutive days of extreme heat, with new blazes prompting two new evacuation orders in recent days..."


Wind power expansion meets grassroots resistance in Brazil's Northeast

"...QUEIMADA NOVA, Brazil (AP) Cousins Nilson Jos dos Santos and Geremias da Cruz dos Anjos grew up together in neighboring rural communities in Brazil's impoverished Northeast. The ruggedness of the land here and recurring drought make it unsuitable for the commercial farming that has transformed so much of the country. Yet energy companies have found something here to harvest: the wind..."


B.C. wildfire: Crews battle blaze near Peachland

"...The BC Wildfire Service says recent hot and dry weather, combined with years of drought, has increased the wildfire risk across the province..."


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The Journeys of Trees

A Story about Forests, People, and the Future

"...When new trees sprout in the same direction, the whole forest begins to migrate, sometimes at astonishing rates. These are the insights of lively people on conservation’s front lines, from an ecologist studying droughts to an evolutionary evangelist; as well as activists, biologists, and foresters, each with their own role to play in the fight for the uncertain future of our environment..."

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Jobs in drought

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

Hydrologist (Intermediate)

"...Job Requirements Critical attributes for this role include strong technical and communication skills, an analytical focus with attention to..."

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LSO OTHR 3 - Provincial Drought Operations Coordinator - Amended

"...resource management decisions to this exciting opportunity! The Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship is responsible for the sustainable natural resource management of water, land, fish..."

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Omineca Fisheries Technician 2024 1 Position (part-time weekends)

"...watersheds to assist with Rainbow Trout, Bull Trout and Arctic Grayling fishery management through engagement with anglers..."

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STO-RE 24R - Authorizations Specialist

"...Water, Land and Resource Stewardship has the primary responsibility for managing BC's water resource, including authorizations, water rights management, and drought planning and response..."

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Recent episodes that mention drought.

Wheat School: Fusarium head blight 101 field history and weather combine to create risk

Duration: 5:51

"...Many farmers are excited to not have to worry about soil moisture this growing season, as recent drought conditions have broken for many areas of the Prairies..."


Canola School: When a top-dress pass makes sense for canola

Duration: 10:08

"...Soil testing is a best management practice when planning fertilizer rates, but a soil test is perhaps most valuable following extreme situations very wet or drought conditions..."


Water restrictions in southern Alberta unlikely to lift without significant change in reservoir levels

Duration: 14:16

"...Drought conditions in the last couple of years have led to St..."


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When might farmers access gene-edited varieties, and will they know what they're growing?

Duration: 13:04

"...The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's third and final ruling announced Friday on gene-editing for crop variety development clears the path for this precise, cost-effective plant breeding tool to be used in Canada..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about drought.

How Hippos Are Turning Cannibal and How it Kills them!

"...Despite their iconic status, these giant river horses are even more rare than African elephants, thanks to decades of targeting by poachers and now a deadly drought..."


Burning Pantanal | What’s Behind the Fire?

"...Human activity such as deforestation and cattle ranching is encroaching on this precious ecosystem and causing it permanent damage..."


Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."


Cambodia's battle over the Mekong | DW Documentary

"...But since the new dams were built, droughts have become more frequent, and fish populations and biodiversity have diminished..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about drought relevant to the latest news.

DLCD: Deep learning-based change detection approach to monitor deforestation

"...In addition to decreasing soil fertility and rainfall, deforestation increases the likelihood of floods and droughts and has a major effect on global warming..."


A Comprehensive Review of Food Waste Dryers and Their Energy Supply Methods

"...On the other hand, the significance of waste management has grown daily as a result of restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions, drought, global warming, and other environmental issues..."


Spatio-temporal analysis of precipitation in eastern India for last three decades

"...Climate change emerges as a significant factor influencing rainfall variability, as it results in changes in annual or seasonal rainfall patterns along with precipitation intensity..."


Climate variability, food security, and adaptation strategies in Somaliland a review

"...This review indicated that climate variability, manifested as droughts and floods, has adversely impacted food availability and access by disrupting agricultural production, inflating food prices, and destabilizing income sources..."


A remote sensing assessment of oak forest recovery after postfire restoration

"...Mediterranean Europe is experiencing a rise in severe wildfires, resulting in growing socioeconomic and ecological impacts..."


2023: Weather and Climate Extremes Hitting the Globe with Emerging Features

"...Climate extremes also show increasing interactions with ecosystems via wildfires (e..."


Determinants of smallholder farmers? adaptation to the effects of climate extremes: evidence from Legambo district in northcent

"...In Ethiopia's drought-prone regions, vulnerable smallholder rural communities' farming systems are seriously threatened by climate change and extreme weather events..."


Perspectives of nature-based tourism-dependent communities on climate change in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

"...Economic sectors such as nature-based tourism become more vulnerable because of their reliance on climate and natural capital as key resources..."


Photochemical efficiency and lethal leaf dehydration in seedlings of nine tropical tree species

"...The knowledge about vulnerability of tree seedlings to severe droughts is important in order to select the most suitable species for forestry plantations in a context of extreme weather events induced by global climate change..."


Semi-arid?s Unsung Heroes: Hymenoptera and the Vital Ecosystem Services Enabled by Encholirium spectabile, a Rupicolous Bromeli

"...The concept of Ecosystem Services (ES) recognizes the importance of natural ecosystems in supporting human well-being..."


Divergent growth and responses of conifer and broad-leaved trees to warming-drying climate in a semi-arid region, northern Chin

"...Forests provide irreplaceable ecosystem services for human society and prevent environmental degradation but climate change has substantially undermined these fundamental functions..."


Filamentous nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria: contributing to filling nitrogen and water gaps in a context of climate change

"...In this review, we analyze the potential of microalgae and cyanobacteria to aid conventional agriculture in providing critical services such as carbon capture, wastewater management, food/feed, biofuels, and other higher value bioproducts..."