Freshwater resources

Madagascar drought forces farmers into charcoal devastation

Two years of drought and late arrival of the rainy season in south western Madagascar have forced hundreds of farmers into charcoal producing which is devastating forests, according to WWF field staff at Tollara.

A "Hardy Perennial of Climate Denialism": More CO2 in the Atmosphere Will be Good for Plants

Since plants use carbon dioxide (CO2) during photosynthesis, isn't more CO2 better for plants?  Peter Sinclair terms that notion "one of the hardy perennials of climate denialism," and tackles it in the latest of his series of "Climate Denial Crock of the Week" videos on Monday (16 August 2010).  Just four days later, scientists today (20 August) report in the journal Science that global plant productivity on land declined over the last decade because of a drying trend in the Southern Hemisphere and large-scale regional droughts in both hemispheres.  

Pakistan Floods "a Case Study of a Climate Disaster" Showing Need to Slow Climate Change, Prepare for Impacts

"What is happening in Pakistan cannot be described in a single word – like disaster or catastrophe," says Professor Richard Rood of the University of Michigan's Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences. "We are watching a combination of climate, weather, population, societal capacity, and geopolitics whose scope and ramifications are far beyond a `historic flood.'"

Arkansas, California, Florida and Montana are among states expecting water risks from climate change

A new report from the National Resources Defense Council concludes that “cimate change will greatly increase the risk that water supplies will not be able to keep pace with withdrawals in many areas of the United States.”

Photos Unmask Himalayan Glacier Retreat

A new photo exhibit, “Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya,” is on display in New York City, showing the startling decline of Himalayan glaciers. Photos taken as early as 1899 and as recently as 2007, from the same vantage points, reveal startling glacial decline on some of the world’s tallest mountains.  

Study Warns that Decisions Made Today About Carbon Emissions Will Have Consequences "In the Coming Centuries and Millennia"

The National Research Council today  (16 July 2010) released a report on Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts Over Decades to Millennia, that clarifies the implications of the actions we take -- or don't take -- to curb greenhouse gas emissions.  The NRC says some choices "could lock the Earth and many future generations of humans into very large impacts."  "The message is crystal clear now," says the Acting Director of WWF's Climate Change Program, Keya Chatterjee.  We must "get off of dirty fuels and move towards a clean energy future," she adds.

Helping India Adapt to Climate Change: One Man Makes an Impact

With India’s extreme heat and increasingly unpredictable rainfall, water conservation is vital for the country’s agriculture and human health. See how one man is helping communities prepare for climate change through water management.

$730 Billion Dollar Outdoor Industry is becoming a Vocal Proponent of Climate Change Legislation

The Outdoor Industry Association—a trade group representing 4,000 retailers, distributors and suppliers—joins other major companies in calling for comprehensive climate and energy legislation

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