The Australian Drought and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud has acknowledged he “totally” accepts that worsening droughts are linked to climate change, as he signaled more taxpayer support for regional communities was coming as Australia’s big dry “escalates”.
A 7,000-year-old monument dubbed “Spanish Stonehenge” has been exposed for the first time in 50 years, after drought conditions in western Spain dropped water levels in a manmade lake and revealed the ancient standing stones.
A third straight year of drought in Australia, blighted by forecasts of below-average rains during the crucial spring growing season, means the country’s wheat crop could shrivel by 10 percent from previous forecasts, traders and industry officials say.
Drought-hit regions of southern and eastern Australia got little if any relief during winter, with barely half the normal rainfall and the country still posting its warmest start to any year for daytime temperatures.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pushed for greater grassroots water conservation efforts amid concerns weak monsoon rains would push millions of drought-hit people to the edge and hammer agricultural production in Asia’s third-biggest economy.
Drought-hit Namibia has authorized the sale of at least 1,000 wild animals — including elephants and giraffes — to limit loss of life and generate $1.1 million for conservation, the authorities confirmed Saturday.
Afghanistan’s summer harvest will be one of the most critical in years, especially of wheat, its biggest cereal crop, as the country recovers from floods and the worst drought in decades, government and aid organization officials say.