Rainfall in South Pacific was more variable before 20th century
A new reconstruction of climate in the South Pacific during the past 446 years shows rainfall varied much more dramatically before the start of the 20th century than after. The finding, based on an analysis ...
Birds must choose between mating, migrating, study finds
Sex or nice weather. That's the agonizing choice some birds face, according to a new University of Guelph study.
Farm manager plays leading role in postharvest loss
With all the effort it takes to grow a food crop from seed to sale, it may be surprising that some farms in Brazil lose 10 to 12 percent of their yield at various points along the postharvest route. According ...
Western Japan records hottest summer ever
The west of Japan had its hottest ever summer this year, official figures showed Monday after a season in which heatstroke killed dozens and hospitalised tens of thousands nationwide.
The African fish that lives fast and dies young
African annual fish take the adage 'live fast, die young' to a whole new level with the discovery that their short lifespan is accompanied by the most rapid sexual maturation of any vertebrate species. The ...
La Nina going away, but too late for Texas drought
(AP) -- Federal weather forecasters say the La Nina weather phenomenon that contributed to the southwestern U.S. drought is winding down.
Finding the connections to "isolated" wetlands
Most people don't give much thought to water quality – until they find their water lacking. And enjoying the benefits of good beaches, fishing, swimming, canoeing and drinking water is not something that ...
Drought halts shipping on China's Yangtze
Drought on China's Yangtze river has led to historically low water levels that have forced authorities to halt shipping on the nation's longest waterway, the government and media said Thursday.
Rare crane in first Uganda sighting
A rare crane species never before seen in Uganda has been spotted in the eastern part of the country, the executive director of Nature Uganda told AFP on Thursday.
Mapping underground water sources for drip irrigation could transform African village life
(PhysOrg.com) -- Rural farmers in sub-Saharan Africa live under risky conditions. Many grow low-value cereal crops that depend on a short rainy season, a practice that traps them in poverty and hunger.
Cholera takes a breather in Haiti, but could surge
(AP) -- The cholera epidemic that has raged across this country is claiming fewer victims, with a sharp drop in new cases everywhere from the shimmering rice fields of the Artibonite Valley to the crowded ...
Three days, three wild finds
he house-size boulder looked like a good landing site, at least viewed from the maps and satellite images Tim Laman and Conrad Hoskin found online.
Rain in Spain is on the decline
A study led by the University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR) has studied precipitation trends in Spain's 10 hydrological basins over the 1946 to 2005 period. The results show that precipitation has declined overall between the months ...
Potato may help feed Ethiopia in era of climate change
With unpredictable annual rainfall and drought once every five years, climate change presents challenges to feeding Ethiopia. Adapting to a warming world, the potato is becoming a more important crop there ...