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Coverage of drought since January 6, 2022.

Canada is leaving communities in the dark about the risks and costs of climate disasters The Narwhal

"...As the climate warms, Canada is at growing risk from a range of hazards from extreme temperatures to drought, flooding, landslides, wildfires and more. While reducing greenhouse gas emissions can stave off the worst effects of climate change, some degree of further warming is already baked in and is expected to bring with it more extreme events..."

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NASA predicts more extreme weather events but ‘we can stop making it worse'

"...In a virtual briefing Thursday, climate researchers from NASA said that over the past five years, there has been “no shortage of extremes” and they predict that more extreme heatwaves, intense rainfall, and more coastal floodings will continue. According to NASA's annual Global Climate Report published Thursday, Canada and the rest of North America had their seventh warmest year on record in 2021 with a temperature that was 1. 40 C (2..."

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States of Emergency: Climate Change Risks to U.S. Military Installations in 2021 

"...On January 5, the Washington Post published an analysis of climate change-related emergencies in 2021 and concluded that more than 40 percent of Americans live in counties that were covered by federal disaster declarations in the past year. The devastating effects of the severe storms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and droughts identified in the analysis pose a range of security risks to the US homeland, including direct loss of life (more than 650 people died from these disasters according to the Post), economic harm (NOAA estimates 20 separate “billion dollar” disasters in the US in 2021), and critical infrastructure damage. These climate-driven shocks also undermine long-term US resilience and compound other risks such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic..."

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FCC Economists Identify Five Trends To Watch In 2022

"...Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) economics team is forecasting what’s in store for Canada’s agriculture and food industry in 2022..."

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Cropped, 12 January 2022: Brazilian deforestation; Wildfires rage; UK ‘rewilding’ scheme

"...Massive and destructive fires have swept across parts of the US and South America in recent weeks. These fires have been unusual in their timing, speed and destructiveness. While they are fuelled in part by climate change-driven drought, forest management tactics and other human decisions have played a role as well, experts say..."

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Kootenay Lake re-considered as drinking water source for Nelson

"...But climate change, which is causing more frequent droughts and wildfires, has brought about a change of thinking. The city will commission an engineering study this year to determine the costs and viability of laying pipe from the lake to Mountain Station, and constructing and operating a pumping station..."

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Clock is ticking in race to slow carbon dioxide emissions, scientists warn

"...Even this incredibly ambitious pathway — referred to as the “SSP1-1. 9 scenario” in the latest generation of climate models — would still see global warming overshoot 1. 5 degrees Celsius by the middle of the century, although the temperature would then drop back below this level by 2100..."

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Top local weather stories of 2021, Part 1: The Drought

"...The drought that took place in 2021 was one many ranchers and farmers call one of the worst, ever. Environment and Climate Change Canada's senior climatologist David Phillips says some compare it to 1988 and 1961 while historians look at it like the 1930s..."

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KAP Releases Six Recommendations For Budget 2022

"...KAP’s budget recommendations address economic competitiveness, the environment, labour and public trust..."

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5 things you should know about the greenhouse gases warming the planet

"...“Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions endanger human and environmental health,” says Mark Radka, Chief of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Energy and Climate Branch. “And the impacts will become more widespread and severe without strong climate action. ”..."

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Column: How will climate change impact the Shuswap?

"...With the climate continuing to heat up as more carbon and methane is pumped into the atmosphere, the earth’s biological support system is in free-fall. It was easy to think that the Shuswap would be less impacted because of its geography, but in fact the temperature is rising faster in the north than in mid-latitudes and, like most of the continent, we are in line for the increasing number of impacts from jet-stream instability. Thus, key to our ability to thrive in the future will be pre-emptively adopting climate change adaptation measures that will minimize the impacts from fires, heat, drought, storms and other emergencies..."

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Livestock Require More Feed During A Cold Snap

"...Livestock feed requirements increase in the colder weather as they burn more energy trying to stay warm..."

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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.

Tenure Track Position - Tier II Canada Research Chair - School of Climate Change and Adaptation - Faculty of Science

"...precision agriculture especially drainage and drought management; and/or (v) climate data analysis of extreme events and their impacts, would complement existing research interests and expertise..."

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Recent episodes that mention drought.

RealAg Radio, Dec 30: August and September — Fertilizer, MRLs, herbicides, and missing machinery parts

Duration: 54:52

"...On this Thursday edition we’re continuing our year-in-review with interviews from August and September..."

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RealAg Radio, Dec 29: Summer — The heat dome, drought, and politics past and present

Duration: 55:09

"...Welcome to this Wednesday edition of RealAg Radio..."

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Beef Market Update: A look back at 2021 cattle markets

Duration: 8:14

"...We don’t have to say it twice: it’s been a frustrating year for many involved in the cattle community..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about drought.

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..."

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Flames of extinction: the race to save biodiversity with John Pickrell

"...31:14 - Data from the fires, Co2, biodiversity loss of animals and plants, land loss ..."

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Climate change in the Antarctic | DW Documentary

"...The scientists who work at this outpost in Antarctica are studying the effects of climate change -- under extreme conditions..."

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Academic Research

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

Building A Resilient and Sustainable Water and Wastewater Service for Scotland

"...Climate change affects the managed water cycle in terms of drought, water quality and the need to manage flood risk in the urban environment..."

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The Great Glacier and Snow-Dependent Rivers of Asia and Climate Change: Heading for Troubled Waters

"...In high mountains and hills, the impact of climate change is clear, as seen in changes in agropastoral systems and the increasing occurrence of floods and droughts, with losses and damages already high..."

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Climate Resilience in Agriculture

"...These sustainable agriculture practices include improvement of land preparation such as no-tilling and composting, introduction of disease-resistant and climate hardy seed varieties, crop diversification, integration of crops and livestock, soil health improvement through cover crops, management of intensive grazing, reduction in the use of off-farm inputs, development of whole-farm planning, and improvement of agriculture enterprises and marketing..."

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Resilience of wetland vegetation to recurrent drought in the Inland Niger Delta of Mali from 1982 to 2014

"...These findings point to remarkable resiliency of IND vegetation to widely fluctuating levels of flooding that are driven not only by rainfall and run-off across the watershed but also by land use, water withdrawals and damming upstream..."

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Community dynamics under environmental extremes: coastal plain wet prairie in a natural state and under restoration

"...Wet prairies in the Southeast US have diverse plant communities subject to disturbances including fire, drought, flooding, tropical storms, and freezes..."

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Replicability of Annual and Seasonal Precipitation by CMIP5 and CMIP6 GCMs over East Asia

" climate models (GCMs) structure is a source of uncertainty in climate change projections..."

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Minimizing the Negative Effects of Irrigation and Hydropower System on Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection in

"...In practice, irrigation and hydropower operations may yield several undesirable impacts like unsafe conditions for dam operations, flood risks for areas located at the downstream of dams, drought risks or environmental impacts cause natural habitat loss..."

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Impact Assessment of Check Dam in the Pappiredipatti Watershed (South India) Using LULC and NDVI Signatures

"...The scarcity of rainfall causes physiognomic changes that can be identified by satellite images with reference to vegetation signature and land use and land cover changes..."

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Interaction effects of water supply and artificial defoliation in autumn on growth, biomass and nutrient accumulation in Populu

"...Artificial defoliation produced similar reduction of plant height and aboveground biomass in the three water conditions; but in well-watered plants caused a strong decrease in belowground accumulation..."

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Chemical and Physical Mutagenesis Approaches for Identification of Herbicide and Drought Tolerance Traits in Wheat

"...We explain the mutant screening protocols in detail using herbicide resistance and drought stress tolerance as traits of interest..."

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Morphological, Physiological, and Biochemical Modulations in Crops under Salt Stress

"...In the era of climate change, plant scientists should focus on each shotgun approaches as well as long-term genomic techniques to enhance salt tolerance in commercially important crops to ensure food security and sustainable productivity..."

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Mobile Application of Communitarian Participation Oriented to the Prevention of Forest Fires in Portugal

"...Forest fires have caused devastating social and economic damage in the forest-dependent regions of Portugal..."

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