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Drought News
May 20, 2019

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Unprecedented Weakening of Asian Summer Monsoon

Rainfall from the Asian summer monsoon has been decreasing over the past 80 years, a decline unprecedented in the last 448 years, according to a new ... read more

Climate Extremes: Impact on Global Crop Yield Variations

Climate extremes, such as drought, heatwaves, heavy precipitation and more are responsible for 18 to 43 percent of variation in crop yields for maize, spring wheat, rice and soybeans. according to a ... read more
Recent flooding in the Midwest has brought attention to the complex agricultural problems associated with too much rain. Data from the past three decades suggest that ... read more
Increased human activity around one of Africa's most iconic ecosystems is 'squeezing the wildlife in its core', damaging ... read more
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Houston, We're Here to Help the Farmers

Farmers irrigating their crops may soon be getting some help from space. In 2018, scientists launched ECOSTRESS, a new instrument now attached to the International Space Station. Its mission: to ... read more

Recent Drought May Provide a Glimpse of the Future for Birds in the Sierra Nevada

To better understand the effects of climate change on the bird community in the Sierra Nevada region, researchers examined the impacts to birds from a recent extreme drought (2013-2016). The drought ... read more

How Plants Learned to Save Water

Plants that can manage with less water could make agriculture more sustainable. This is why a research team is investigating how plants control their water ... read more

How to Feed the World by 2050? Recent Breakthrough Boosts Plant Growth by 40 Percent

Recent advances to address hunger through agricultural advancement have been shown to boost crop growth by 40 percent by creating a shortcut for a glitch that plagues most food ... read more

Sea Snakes That Can't Drink Seawater

New research shows that pelagic sea snakes quench their thirst by drinking freshwater that collects on the surface of the ocean after heavy ... read more

How Does the Amazon Rain Forest Cope With Drought?

The Amazon rain forest isn't necessarily a place that many would associate with a drought, yet prolonged dry spells are projected to become more prevalent and severe because of climate change. ... read more

Pika Survival Rates Dry Up With Low Moisture

Researchers sought to understand how climate change, specifically changes in snowpack and VPD, is affecting pikas. Researchers related population abundances to weather and snowpack dynamics in the ... read more

Weather at Key Growth Stages Predicts Midwest Corn Yield and Grain Quality

Corn is planted on approximately 90 million acres across the United States every year. With all that data, it takes months after harvest for government agencies to analyze total yield and grain ... read more

Extreme Weather and Geopolitics Major Drivers of Increasing 'Food Shocks'

Global food production is suffering from an increasing number of 'food shocks,' with most caused by extreme weather and geopolitical crises. An international study looked at the incidence ... read more

Trout, Salamander Populations Quickly Bounce Back from Severe Drought Conditions

Populations of coastal cutthroat trout and coastal giant salamanders in the Pacific Northwest show the ability to rebound quickly from drought conditions, buying some time against climate ... read more

Leaf Age Determines the Division of Labor in Plant Stress Responses

A new study shows that the crosstalk between plant responses to physical and biological stresses varies between young and old leaves to enable optimal plant performance when the two kinds of stress ... read more

Mediterranean Freshwater Fish Species Susceptible to Climate Change

Climate change will strongly affect many European freshwater fish species. This is particularly the case for species in the Mediterranean ... read more

Water, Not Temperature, Limits Global Forest Growth as Climate Warms

The growth of forest trees all over the world is becoming more water-limited as the climate warms. The effect is most evident in northern climates and at high altitudes where the primary limitation ... read more

Termites Mitigate Effects of Drought in Tropical Rainforests

Termites are commonly regarded as one of the most destructive insect pests, yet its unknown side was recently revealed by a major new study. Researchers have discovered that termites actually help ... read more

Trees Change Inside as Drought Persists

Scientists have found that trees change their anatomy in response to prolonged ... read more

Tree-Ring Analysis Explains Physiology Behind Drought Intolerance

Tree rings tell the story of what's happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research ... read more

European Wheat Lacks Climate Resilience

Researchers have found that current breeding programs and cultivar selection practices do not provide the needed resilience to climate ... read more

Pollutants from Wildfires Affect Crop and Vegetation Growth Hundreds of Kilometers from Impact Zone

The startling extent to which violent wildfires, similar to those that ravaged large swathes of California recently, affect forests and crops way beyond the boundaries of the blaze has been ... read more

Wildlife Struggle to Cope With Extreme Weather

The mass death of flying foxes in extreme heat in North Queensland last month underscores the importance of wildlife research released today. The new research sheds light on how various species have ... read more

Peanuts That Do More With Less Water

Researchers are studying peanut varieties to find a 'water conservation' trait. It would help the plant maintain a high yield during a ... read more

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