Change now or endanger food and climate, U.N. report warns

World / Science & Health Aug 8, 2019

Change now or endanger food and climate, U.N. report warns

Humanity faces increasingly painful trade-offs between food security and rising temperatures within decades unless it curbs emissions and stops unsustainable farming and deforestation, a landmark climate assessment said Thursday. The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that efforts to limit global warming while ...

India's parched 'Motor City' brings in drinking water by rail

Business Jul 30, 2019

India's parched 'Motor City' brings in drinking water by rail

Amid the green Yelagiri hills of southern India, the train inches along the tracks, carrying what has become precious cargo: drinking water bound for Chennai, India's parched Motor City. Demand for water in the manufacturing and IT hub on the Bay of Bengal far outstrips ...

World Jul 1, 2019

India fears for crops and economy after driest June in five years

India had its driest June in five years due to a delay in monsoon rains, the weather department said late Sunday, raising fears for crops and the broader economy. Overall, rains were a third below average, although in some states, including the sugar cane growing ...

Two million Somalis could die of starvation amid drought, U.N. warns

World Jun 6, 2019

Two million Somalis could die of starvation amid drought, U.N. warns

A United Nations emergency relief coordinator says more than 2 million men, women and children could die of starvation in Somalia by summer's end if international aid is not sent quickly to the drought-stricken African country. U.N. Undersecretary-General Mark Lowcock says about $700 million is ...

California totally free of drought for the first time in seven years

World Mar 15, 2019

California totally free of drought for the first time in seven years

California was declared totally drought-free for the first time in more than seven years on Thursday, following unusually abundant winter rains and snowfall statewide, according to the government's weekly report on U.S. drought conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor's latest survey reflected an astonishing turnaround — ...