Brazil, besieged by COVID, now faces a severe drought

An aerial photo of a fire in the Amazon rainforest in the Brazilian state of Para, Aug 13, 2020. One biologist said this year’s fire season coinciding with dry landscapes and a rise in deforestation could be “a perfect storm” situation. The New York Times

As Brazil approaches 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, a worsening drought is imperiling the country’s ability to jump-start its beleaguered economy and may set the stage for another intensely destructive fire season in the Amazon rainforest. Several states in the country are facing the worst drought in at least 90 years. The crisis has led to […]

Las Vegas weighs tying growth to conservation amid drought

Las Vegas weighs tying growth to conservation amid drought

In this Oct. 14, 2015, file photo, a riverboat glides through Lake Mead on the Colorado River at Hoover Dam near Boulder City, Nev. Despite drought, cities in the U.S. West expect their populations to grow considerably in the coming decades. From Phoenix to Boise, officials are working to ensure they have the resources, infrastructure […]

Brazil on drought alert, faces worst dry spell in 91 years

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Brazil’s government agencies warned of droughts this week as the country faces its worst dry spell in 91 years, increasing fears of energy rationing, hitting hydroelectric power generation and agriculture while raising the risk of Amazon fires. Late on Thursday, the Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE), which is linked to Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry, […]

African rainforests slow climate change despite record heat, drought

The new study found that trees in the African forests continued to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere despite rising temperature Africa’s tropical forests appear more resilient as carbon sinks than Amazonian rainforests – mopping up planet-warming carbon dioxide even when sizzling El Nino heat halted absorption in other parts of the world, researchers said […]

Bangladesh: Drought dashes hopes of Kushtia lychee growers

Bangladesh: Drought dashes hopes of Kushtia lychee growers

This lychee season could well turn out to be disappointing, at least for the growers in Kushtia’s Khoksha county, because of the high temperatures and the current drought. A number of lychee farmers in the county’s villages have stated that they had high hopes of a bumper crop this summer, a projection based on the […]

Drought casts shadow over boro yield in Khulna

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Khulna farmers start harvesting boro paddy amid extreme heatwave in the district UNB In fact, the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in Khulna has set a target to produce 57,000 tons of boro paddy on 57,540 hectares of land this year, of which 21,000 hectares have been brought under the dry season rice cultivation in […]

Drought dashes dreams of litchi growers in Kushtia

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The arrival of the luscious fruit is a silver lining every summer — both for the connoisseurs as well as the cultivators of litchi in Bangladesh. However, this litchi season could well turn out to be disappointing, at least for the fruit growers in Kushtia’s Khoksha upazila because of something they had no control over […]

Drought dashes dreams of lychee growers in Kushtia

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Lychee farmers had high hopes of a bumper crop this summer, a projection based on the healthy flowering of the fruit three-four months ago in Kushtia’s Khoksha upazila Collected/UNB Farmers said it would be really difficult for them to break even this year The arrival of the luscious fruit is a silver lining every summer—both […]

Pabna lychee farmers hit hard by drought, pandemic

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Without any rainfall in the past couple of weeks, lychees are dropping prematurely, shrinking in size and exhibiting black spots on them Dhaka Tribune Lychee production may fall short at least one-third of this year’s target Ishwardi upazila of Pabna is known as one of the leading lychee cultivation zones in the country. But this […]