droughtcenter , to Space & Science
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USDM Climate Clip May 23, 2024

The total percentage of drought coverage across the U.S. is at its lowest since March 2020. This U.S. Drought Monitor week saw widespread improvement in drought-related conditions on the map across areas of the South, the Plains, the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic, and the West.

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This story must be told

In November 2023, one of the tragic casualties of severe heat exacerbated by the El Niño phenomenon was an elephant in Zimbabwe's largest animal reserve. Hwange National Park, boasting over 45,000 elephants, witnessed the deaths of over 100 of these majestic creatures due to dehydration.




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  • appassionato , to photography group
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    This story must be told

    Rufino Choque, a member of the Urus indigenous community, stands atop a boat in the middle of the extinct Poopo Lake. Once spanning 3,000 square kilometers, this body of water was declared vanished in 2015. (Oruro, Bolivia. December 2021)



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  • appassionato , to photography group
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    A view of dried-up rivers in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, December 2, 2013. The Pilbara region, which is the size of Spain, has the world's largest known deposits of iron ore and supplies nearly 45 percent of global trade in the mineral. REUTERS/David Gray


    appassionato , to photography group
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    A farmer stands in the middle of a dried-up dam in a drought-effected paddock on his property located west of the town of Gunnedah in New South Wales, Australia, June 3, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray


    coloradosun , to Random stuff
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    Fighting fire with beavers: How dam-building rodents are deployed to prevent megafires, restore scorched wildlands

    amgine ,
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    Much of once had massive -maintained .

    Now we have serious , .

    But even where we no longer have beavers, or they are inappropriate, humans can, and do, build similar water-slowing structures and ponds.

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    Last year, an area around twice the size of Luxembourg was burnt in the EU.

    It was the fourth worst year since 2000 regarding areas affected by wildfires. This is also due to the single largest fire to occur in Europe since the 1980s.

    We call for greater prevention and preparedness via:

    🔹 nature-based solutions like vegetation management
    🔸 wildfire early warning systems
    🔹 the efficient firefighting means that the Mechanism offers.

    ➡️ https://t.co/wPMCTQs4KX

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    It is high time to think out of the box and to adopt new practices to prevent forest fires.

    Apart from exchanging existing species with more heat and resistent types, as some countries like are doing, active forest management with preventive to destroy the accumulated undergrowth that tends to become a tinder box is of the essence. Many countries could learn a lot from indigenous...


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    jgpausas , to Botany group
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    This is the Silent Spring (v. 2.0) in Calderona Natural Park, Valencia, Spain. No flowers. Cork oak trees dying because of the long drought. And it is spring!

    @ecology @plants @botany @wildfirescience @plantscience @nature @biodiversity @conservation @climate

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    Experts are warning of an “unimaginable humanitarian situation” as more than 24 million people in Africa face a food and water crisis due to drought and floods. Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe have declared national emergencies. El Niño, a recurring climate pattern in the Pacific Ocean, is being blamed for high temperatures and low rainfall which are causing the ground to dry out, making eventual rain more likely to cause floods. Read more about the crisis from CNN.


    jgpausas , to Botany group
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    It is spring, so the landscape should be lush green with many flowers. However, this is not the case in Serra Gelada and its surroundings (, region, E )
    Silent Spring 2.0

    halepensis wooldland
    @ecology @plants @botany @wildfirescience @plantscience @nature @biodiversity @conservation @management @climate

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    On the Aral Sea, graves rise above the dust. They’re reminders of the life its waters once sustained.

    AP reports "climate change — paired with engineering and agricultural projects — has left behind largely wasteland, with only pockets of water where few animals, plants or people can live."


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    Mexico City is running out of water, forcing many to ration.

    @axios reports: "The growing scarcity of water in several parts of Mexico is a bellwether of how worsening climate change may affect cities all over the world, experts say."


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    With the slight exception of San Luis reservoir, every major reservoir in California is at or above average in terms of water storage for this time of year. This augurs well for a decent water year in California.

    InfoMgmtExec ,
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    Respectfully (block me if you like), but it is folly to promote the notion that CA (and the West at large) are out of because of massive rainfalls from numerous . What happens to , and further / development when you do this? You are simply giving a for . are not a solution for multi-decade problems. . . @petergleick @InfoMgmtExec

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    The number of at their Mexico wintering sites plummeted by 59% this year to the second lowest level since record keeping began, experts said, blaming heat, and loss of habitat.
    The butterflies’ migration from Canada and the United States to Mexico and back again is considered a marvel of nature.

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  • KeithDJohnson , to Permaculture
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    "For decades, beavers were considered pests – trapped & shot on sight. Now the attitude towards nature's best engineers is changing, & farmers are working to bring them back.
    are vital to , as their dam building habits spread water through parched landscapes. This can not only help to regulate the flow of water, it provides another important service – keeping fires under control. Beavers are nature's firefighters.
    In northern New Mexico, Darr has seen farmers "drastically" change their perception of beavers. "They were pretty hesitant, but they saw first-hand how the beavers provided sustained, reliable sources throughout the year, even during the hot dry summer we had. To see it is to believe it. We just have to show people what beavers can do for other wildlife, & humans."

    petergleick , to Random stuff
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    Despite the fact that 2023 was an excellent year for California, the long-term record continues to show a dramatic increase in frequency and intensity -- one signal of human-caused change.

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    "The Panama Canal is enmeshed in a crisis that’s disrupting global trade. But it will take years and billions of dollars to fix The vestiges of an ancient forest tell the story of just how bad things are at the drought-stricken Panama Canal."

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    2023 in pictures

    Manuel Flores walks on a dry area that shows the drop in the level of Lake Titicaca, Latin America’s largest freshwater basin, as it is edging towards record low levels, on Cojata Island, Bolivia, October 26, 2023. REUTERS/Claudia Morales


    aby , to Random stuff
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    When I looked this morning there was a 0% chance of rain until Friday. So I've spent the day watering the garden, popping the sprinkler on and going out every 15 minutes to check and move it so the water doesn't get wasted spraying on the paths as the wind changed direction etc.

    It's just started raining.

    DeniseGutzmer , to Random stuff
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    Hundreds of dead have been spotted in Southeast over the last month. While some are found on dry land, most turn up close to streams, ponds, and other bodies of water.

    Experts say the cause is Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD. The disease cannot infect humans, but spreads between deer through culicoides midges: small, mosquito-like flies that bite animals to feed on blood.


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