Tag - drought



Women at a water well as a sand storm passes by in Ethiopia
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 6, 2024
Climate disasters in Africa push women to sell sex, risking HIV progress
Hunger is pushing women and girls into sexual exploitation and increasing the risk of HIV, health experts and aid workers have warned.
People wait to collect drinking water on March 14 amid an ongoing water crisis in Bengaluru, which has been hit by drought.
Apr 2, 2024
India’s most innovative cities are running out of water
Drought is crippling India's tech hubs of Bengaluru and Hyderabad, casting a dark shadow on these cities' attractiveness in the era of climate change.
The Monrovia NSU Challenger bulk carrier transits the expanded canal through the Cocoli Locks of the Panama Canal in April 2023.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Mar 22, 2024
'We all need water': Panama's canal, and people, thirst for more
A severe drought last year caused water levels in Gatun Lake, which provides drinking water and is the main reservoir for the canal, to fall.
Firefighters tackle a forest fire ravaging the Bolivian Amazon, in San Buenaventura, Bolivia, in November 2023.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Mar 18, 2024
Reading the ruins of Amazon fires, scientists see crisis ahead
Fanned by drought, high winds and human felling, the forest is suffering unprecedented early-year fires.
Cargo ships wait in the anchor zone to cross the Panama Canal from the Pacific entrance near Panama City, Panama, on Sept. 1, 2023. Ships have been waiting for days as the congestion to cross from both sides increase due to intense droughts in the country.
WORLD / Society
Jan 3, 2024
Saving the Panama Canal will take years and cost billions, if it’s even possible
Climate change-induced drought is limiting the number of ships on the waterway, which handles about 46% of containers moving from Northeast Asia to the U.S. East Coast.
EF Polymer CEO Narayan Lal Gurjar (right) and COO Kunihiro Shimoji at the company in Onna, Okinawa Prefecture, in August
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Oct 30, 2023
Organic polymer brings water to drought-hit farmlands
The India-born, Okinawa-nurtured product seeks to replace petroleum-derived polymers to promote sustainability.
A water company employee fills bottles with potable water in Pozoblanco, Spain, in September 2023. The struggle for drinking water in this village of 18,000 has become a glimpse of what may lie ahead for parts of Europe where drought and extreme heat are on the rise.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Oct 23, 2023
A peek into Spain's future: water by truck, not tap
Tanker trucks have been deployed to deliver 180,000 liters of potable water a day
Olive producers check a tree surrounded by a living cover crop in an olive grove in Santiesteban del Puerto, near Jaen, Spain.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Sep 15, 2023
In climate fight, Europe's farmers turn to tech and tradition
Spain and Italy are the world's top producers of olive oil, but the industry is under threat from desertification and drought.
A farmer tries to beat out a fire in abandoned farming land amid a drought in Anamaduwa, Sri Lanka.
Aug 30, 2023
Drought deals second blow as Sri Lanka struggles back from crisis
The southwest monsoon farmers rely on for the summer harvest was scant this year because of the El Nino weather pattern
A bulk carrier at the Panama Canal on April 19
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 22, 2023
Historic drought and hot seas slow Panama Canal shipping
Restrictions already are sending China-U.S. spot shipping prices up as much as 36% amid soaring sea temperatures.
Rice planting in Ryugasaki, Ibaraki Prefecture. Satellite data could greatly improve how global farmers respond to climate change.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 21, 2023
How satellites are helping farmers adapt to global warming
Farther than the eye can see, advances in satellite data are giving global farmers the tools to better manage their fields in a rapidly changing climate.
A farmer picks coffee beans at his plantation in West Java, Indonesia, on Aug. 2.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 14, 2023
World's fourth largest coffee crop threatened by El Nino
Lower coffee output in Indonesia could trigger a steeper rise in prices, which have climbed more than 40% in 2023.
A bulk carrier transits through Cocoli Locks at the Panama Canal, on the outskirts of Panama City, Panama, on April 19.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 11, 2023
Drought-hit Panama Canal lets more unbooked ships pass
Around 70% of canal traffic comes from or goes to the U.S., where retailers like Walmart, Amazon and Target prep for winter holiday sales.
Sven Hannemann manages the forest surrounding Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany. Its ancient oak trees are suffering from drought induced by climate change.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 9, 2023
In Germany's Versailles, drought is killing ancient trees
Drought induced by climate change is decimating trees in Potsdam's Sanssouci Palace, forcing park managers to rethink its centuries-old forest.
Japan Times
Jul 17, 2023
Dangerous heat waves strike globe as wildfires rage
In Europe, Italians have been warned to prepare for 'the most intense heat wave of the summer and also one of the most intense of all time.'
Japan Times
Jul 4, 2023
Temperatures seen surging as El Nino weather pattern returns, WMO says
El Nino is linked to extreme weather conditions from tropical cyclones to heavy rainfall and severe droughts.
Japan Times
Jul 4, 2023
Drought menacing Thailand threatens global supply of sugar and rice
Rainfall across the nation may be as much as 10% below average this monsoon season, and the onset of the El Nino weather pattern could lower precipitation even further.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2023
U.K. braces for wildfires as climate change prompts 'significant shift' in risk
The threat of wildfires is starting to spread to new areas including northern Europe, where traditionally cooler and wetter climates are giving way to hotter and drier summers.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 29, 2023
'Serious impacts' in France as temperature rise hits 2.9 C, report warns
Independent climate body warns country is ill-prepared and needs 'far-reaching economic policy' to decarbonize the economy.
Japan Times
Jun 19, 2023
Global water reservoir volumes decline despite construction boom, study says
The decline in storage volumes was concentrated in the south, where water demand increased rapidly and new reservoirs didn't fill up as quickly as expected.


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