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How global warming can be slowing down, speeding up, and going steady all at the same time

The Washington Post published an article this week which explained why people differ in their interpretations of climate data trends.  Trends are highly biased by which time period you pick to calculate the trend, and this article explains why we can have both a short-term cooling or hiatus in warming…
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ARID model may help growers mitigate against drought

Scientists at the University of Florida have created a new model that may help growers plant at optimal times and avoid drought.  The model, called ARID (Agricultural Reference Index for Drought), predicts water loss for crops like cotton, peanuts, soybeans and corn, using weather variables like temperature, humidity, wind and…
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A quarter of India’s land is turning into desert

Reuters news service reported yesterday that desertification is affecting about a fourth of India’s land.  Agricultural lands are becoming degraded and threatening food security in this highly populated country.  The main causes of the desertification are overgrazing and heavy land use coupled with changes in rainfall over time.  Some of…
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