US farmers face worst drought in 1 200 years

2014-12-10 10:06

As parts of the south-western US shrivel in historic drought, farmers are faced with an impossible choice: Today's crops or tomorrow's water supplies.

California drought holds steady amid summer storms

2014-08-15 15:21

Federal meteorologists say that the state's ongoing drought has appeared to level off, though conditions remain "extreme".

Drought hits China food production

2014-07-28 17:52

Severe drought and scorching heat has damaged over a million hectares of farmland in China's Henan and Inner Mongolia provinces, with no immediate relief in sight.

Texans don’t want to drink 'peepee' water

2014-07-23 12:34

Due to one of the worst droughts in a century a Texas City has started recycling sewage water for drinking. Convincing people to drink the water has become a problem though.

'China's need for food is creating a water crisis'

2014-07-08 13:48

Booming demand for food in China's southern and eastern cities is worsening water shortages in arid northern provinces, adding to the country's environmental problems, new research shows.

California 's drought foces trout to be moved

2014-06-18 12:47

Millions of young trout are being evacuated from a California hatchery, as summer heat and the state's ongoing drought combine to make the water too warm for them to survive.

California leaders beg for help in drought

2014-06-10 12:32

With California facing its worst drought in decades, farmers, environmentalists and government officials begged lawmakers to invest in projects to shore up the state's water supply.

California drought could cost $1.7bn

2014-05-20 11:31

One of California's worst droughts in decades could cost farmers $1.7bn, a week after alarmingly early wildfires forced thousands of homeowners to evacuate.

California drought continues despite rain

2014-04-25 17:08

A moderate dose of winter rainfall hasn't ended California's historic drought, but it has dropped just enough moisture on the beleaguered state to help communities that had risked running out of water.

R50m drought relief for Northern Cape

2014-04-02 19:32

A R50m fund has been set up by the National Disaster Management Centre for drought relief in the Northern Cape.

SA maize crop could increase due to rain

2014-03-24 14:17

South Africa is likely to raise its maize output estimates after late summer rains brought relief to drought-hit parts of the country, a survey shows.

Al Gore talks climate change in SA

2014-03-14 17:17

Former US vice president Al Gore provides an overview of how climate change is being driven by humans and how the world is changing due to this.

Queensland in 'biggest ever drought'

2014-03-07 12:52

The Australian state of Queensland is in the grip of its most widespread drought ever, with close to 80% of its territory parched after a failed wet season, officials say.

Fracking foes see drought as new weapon

2014-02-12 14:36

California fracking opponents, aiming to stop the development of state oil reserves, are focusing their drive around the state's record-breaking drought.

SA gives R100m aid to drought-stricken Namibia

2013-11-11 09:51

South Africa has donated R100m in aid to Namibia to help ease the impact of the drought currently rocking the country, a report says.

Drought worsens as N West awaits relief

2013-06-06 19:22

The North West is still awaiting feedback on a drought relief fund request, Premier Thandi Modise says.

US drought: Obama calls for new farm bill

2012-08-12 16:09

President Barack Obama has urged Congress to pass a farm bill that would help the agricultural sector cope with the worst drought in half a century.

Food should be priority - Zille

2012-08-04 14:11

Food security must be a majority in any country that wants to deal with the economic exclusion and poverty, DA leader Helen Zille says.

US drought woes deepen

2012-07-27 14:30

The drought in America's breadbasket is intensifying at an unprecedented rate, experts warn, driving concern food prices could soar if crops are decimated.

Millions in UK face garden hose ban

2012-04-05 18:33

Water authorities say about 20 million Britons will be banned from using garden hoses to water plants or wash cars amid worried over a drought, even as snow and rain falls across UK.

IDC grants R750m for farmer relief

2011-03-01 14:22

The Industrial Development Corporation is giving R750m to farmers affected by the recent flood and drought.

China preparing for severe drought

2011-02-09 21:35

Chinese officials are preparing for a severe, long-lasting drought in several parched provinces, causing wheat prices to spike.

Ethiopia gets £20m more from UK

2010-03-01 16:00

Britain’s international development has pledged an additional £20m to combat Ethiopia’s food crisis.

Rains fail again in E Africa

2009-12-18 09:53

Millions of people in drought-stricken East Africa face hunger and poverty after seasonal rains failed again, withering crops and drying up ponds and streams, an aid group says.


Mali refugees face food crisis

2014-09-11 20:15

Malian refugees returning home to the north are facing a looming food crisis after the drought.

Somalia appeals for urgent aid amid drought

2014-08-05 17:28

Somalia's government has begged for help, warning the war-torn nation once again faced a hunger and drought catastrophe.

'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought

2014-07-25 15:19

A major drought across the US has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists say.

California water-wasters may get a $500 fine

2014-07-15 13:21

In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles.

Somalia drought looms after poor, erratic rains

2014-07-07 20:17

The UN food agency says drought is looming in violence-prone Somalia after poor and erratic rains.

Violence erupts as India swelters under heatwave

2014-06-12 16:19

Swathes of north India are sweltering under the longest heatwave on record, triggering widespread breakdowns in the supply of electricity and increasingly angry protests over lack of basic services.

California drought to cost farmers $1.7bn

2014-05-20 14:29

One of California's worst droughts in decades could cost the US state's farmers $1.7bn, according to a new study.

Santa Barbra looks to sea as drought worsens

2014-05-05 15:09

As California again grapples with historic dryness, the city nicknamed the 'American Riviera' has its eye on restarting desalination plant to hedge against current and future droughts.

UN warns of drought crisis in Syria

2014-04-08 21:53

The UN's food aid agency warned that Syria was facing a drought that could put millions of people's lives at risk, compounding the impact of years of war.

UN report outlines ways to adapt to climate change

2014-03-24 16:08

A UN report is due that will put pressure on governments to do something about climate change. We will have to find ways to adapt to rising temperatures, heatwaves and rising seas.

Haiti in extreme drought

2014-03-19 13:10

A drought is causing an extreme emergency in northeast Haiti, wiping out sorely needed crops and livestock, an official says.

Misery mounts in drought-hit Pakistan

2014-03-12 08:59

Two-month-old Mangal succumbed to pneumonia in Pakistan, the latest victim of a drought that has led to malnutrition and disease in one of the country's poorest regions.

Iranian president concerned about disappearing lake

2014-02-20 12:16

Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, is concerned about saving the country's biggest lake and preventing it from disappearing completely.

Northern Kenya at risk of drought

2014-01-22 21:02

Northern Kenya is at risk of drought if current weather trends continue, the Red Cross has warned.

Red meat supply warning for consumers

2013-11-26 12:09

Consumers can expect shortages of red meat due to the impact of extreme drought in certain parts of the country, warns an industry body.

Drought relief for NW farmers

2013-10-27 13:38

The North West premier Thandi Modise has assured farmers that her office was doing its best to get them financial assistance to deal with a drought.

Farmers suffer R2bn in drought damage

2013-06-06 09:31

Farmers in the North West province have suffered damages amounting to almost R2bn due to the prevailing drought conditions, a report states.

US cuts corn, soybean outlook

2012-08-10 17:26

The U.S. government says corn growers could have their worst crop in years as the harshest drought in decades takes its toll.

India prepares tough drought measures

2012-07-30 15:44

Indian ministers will meet to discuss measures to deal with a feared drought, including curbs on commodity derivatives, but are not expected to ban farm export.

US in costliest drought since 1988

2012-07-26 15:08

The drought talking hold of central parts of America is likely to cost $12bn, making it the most expensive since 1988, experts say.

Somali women refugees' rape horror

2011-07-31 20:30

Refugee Barwago Mohamud huddles silently beneath a few blankets fearing for her life after a neighbour was raped, and a naked woman who had been kidnapped and gang-raped for three days.

Snows fall in dry China

2011-02-10 06:54

Light snow has covered much of drought-hit north China, but the welcome respite was unlikely to signal the end of a severe dry spell.

Drought hits Zimbabwe

2010-05-06 11:34

Humanitarian agencies say at least two million Zimbabweans need food aid, and the figures are set to rise as a result of drought and agricultural mismanagement.

Millions starving in S Sudan

2010-02-02 19:08

The number of hungry people in southern Sudan has quadrupled since last August to some 4.3 million because of conflict and drought, the UN says.

Severe drought in Kenya

2009-11-02 11:55

The traditional way of life for Kenya's nomads is rapidly giving way under the pressures of increasingly severe and frequent droughts.

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