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The Weather Report: Monsoon disappoints North India in August as September rains make meek start
India

The Weather Report: Monsoon disappoints North India in August as September rains make meek start

The Weather Report: Overall in the past week the pan India rains have seen a significant reduction

Explained: How Europe's fiery summer is a reality check on climate change
World

Explained: How Europe's fiery summer is a reality check on climate change

Europe has seen a series of extreme weather events — heatwaves, wildfires and storms, record-breaking droughts — making it hard for them to ignore the dangerous effects of climate change

Record heat and drought in France cause for decline in cheese production
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Record heat and drought in France cause for decline in cheese production

Dozens of farmers have already dipped into their winter feed stocks, but overall dairy production in the region is down 15 per cent from last year's levels

Horn of Africa drought to worsen with fifth consecutive failed rainy season, forecasts World Meteorological Organization
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Horn of Africa drought to worsen with fifth consecutive failed rainy season, forecasts World Meteorological Organization

Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are already going through their worst drought for 40 years and another poor rainy season is now highly likely, WMO warned

Severe drought forces earliest harvest ever in one of France's most celebrated wine regions
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Severe drought forces earliest harvest ever in one of France's most celebrated wine regions

Grape growers adjusted their practices amid a series of heatwaves, combined with lack of rain, that hit most of Europe. In the Bordeaux region, giant wildfires destroyed large areas of pine forests. It did not rain from the end of June until mid-August

No rains, persistent heatwaves: Europe’s ‘worst drought in 500 years’, explained
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No rains, persistent heatwaves: Europe’s ‘worst drought in 500 years’, explained

The shrinking of some of Europe’s biggest rivers – Danube, Rhine and Po – and dry reservoirs in Spain are telltale signs of Europe’s unprecedented drought

China plans cloud seeding to protect grain crop amid drought
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China plans cloud seeding to protect grain crop amid drought

Sichuan has been hardest hit by drought because it gets 80 per cent of its power from hydroelectric dams. The provincial government says reservoirs are at half of normal water levels. It earlier called on manufacturers to 'leave power for the people'

Karnataka's new Water Policy 2022 proposes penalty for unnecessary use of water, restricting groundwater extraction
India

Karnataka's new Water Policy 2022 proposes penalty for unnecessary use of water, restricting groundwater extraction

The policy notes that the state will undertake all the drinking water supply programmes to increase 24x7 supply of water of suitable quality for domestic water throughout urban and rural areas and also at times of water scarcity

Yangtze river shrinks as China's drought disrupts industry
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Yangtze river shrinks as China's drought disrupts industry

Factories in Sichuan province and the adjacent metropolis of Chongqing in the southwest were ordered to shut down after reservoirs that supply hydropower fell to half their normal levels and demand for air conditioning surged in scorching temperatures

Factories in China close as drought hurts hydropower
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Factories in China close as drought hurts hydropower

Companies in Sichuan province, including makers of solar panels, cement and urea closed or reduced production after they were ordered to ration power for up to five days. This came after reservoir levels fell and power demand for air conditioning surged in scorching temperatures

Europe: Wildfires spread, fish die off amid severe drought
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Europe: Wildfires spread, fish die off amid severe drought

Europe is suffering under a severe heatwave and drought that has produced tragic consequences for farmers and ecosystems already under threat from climate change and pollution

The Weather Report: Rainfall anomaly hits Kharif crops sowing in Bihar despite good monsoon progress
India

The Weather Report: Rainfall anomaly hits Kharif crops sowing in Bihar despite good monsoon progress

After one of the wettest June with 5343.3mm rainfall in Cherrapunji, in the turn of events it has not even touched 1,000mm rainfall mark in July

Jharkhand has 51% rain shortfall this monsoon, heads towards early season drought
India

Jharkhand has 51% rain shortfall this monsoon, heads towards early season drought

Farmers said that the delayed and scanty rainfall in the early months of monsoon has been plaguing the state for the past few years and farmers have been forced to carry on the sowing activity till 15 August. This extended sowing has naturally hampered yield

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2022: Find theme, history and significance here
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World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2022: Find theme, history and significance here

This special day is a unique event reminding people around the world that land degradation can be prevented if there will be cooperation at all levels and strong involvement of the community

Between searing drought and Ukraine war, Iraq watchful over wheat production
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Between searing drought and Ukraine war, Iraq watchful over wheat production

Searing heat and a lack of rain already threaten the wheat harvest and the Russiaan invasion of Ukraine in February, increased the cost of fuel, seeds and fertiliser

North Korea mobilises white-collar workers to help fight against drought, says state media
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North Korea mobilises white-collar workers to help fight against drought, says state media

North Korea is highly vulnerable to natural disasters including flood and drought due to chronic lack of infrastructure, deforestation and decades of state mismanagement

COP26: ‘Everything is at stake’ as world gathers for climate talks in Glasgow
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COP26: ‘Everything is at stake’ as world gathers for climate talks in Glasgow

Climate change is fueling heat waves, flooding, drought and nastier tropical cyclones. Extreme weather also costs the globe about $320 billion a year in economic losses, according to risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide

Amnesty urges immediate relief for famine-hit Madagascar amid severe drought
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Amnesty urges immediate relief for famine-hit Madagascar amid severe drought

More than a million people on the country's parched southern tip are on the brink of famine and some are already dying, the rights watchdog said, as it has been hit by the worst drought in four decades

Droughts ravage the West; water availability woes burden farmers
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Droughts ravage the West; water availability woes burden farmers

Larger-scale efforts to spread water more equitably have been uneven. Along the Deschutes River, where every drop is accounted for, many farmers worry that if they lease their water rights, even temporarily, they may not get them back

Climate change is coming for your snacks: Why do repeated drought threaten dried fruits and veggies?
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Climate change is coming for your snacks: Why do repeated drought threaten dried fruits and veggies?

Drier conditions can affect the quality of fruit and vegetables at a cellular level, making them harder to process into dried foods