Environment

Drought tightens its grip on Morocco

Mohamed gave up farming because of successive droughts that have hit his previously fertile but isolated village in Morocco and because he just couldn't bear it any longer.. But it is not just his village that is suffering -- all of the North African country has been hit.

Swiss mountain pass ice to melt completely within weeks

The thick layer of ice that has covered a Swiss mountain pass for centuries will have melted away completely within a few weeks, a ski resort said Thursday.. "The pass will be entirely in the open air in a few weeks," the Glacier 3000 ski resort said in a statement.

California plans to boost water supply as drought bites

More than two decades of devastating drought worsened by man-made climate change mean California must harvest, recycle and desalinate much more water, the state's governor said Thursday.. "Regardless of drought or flood, in this changed climate there will be less water available for people to use," the state's 16-page plan says. 

Extreme heat, price hikes impose tough choices on UK farm

Pulling up some of the sugar beet that should be about handball-size by now, Andrew Blenkiron says the parched conditions have left the root veggies stunted and dried-up.. But there is not enough water for its sugar beet crop, which has been left to fend for itself.

Swiss mountain pass set to lose all ice within weeks

The thick layer of ice that has covered a Swiss mountain pass for centuries will have melted away completely within a few weeks, a ski resort said Thursday.. "The pass will be entirely in the open air in a few weeks," the Glacier 3000 ski resort said in a statement.

France gets boost from EU neighbours as wildfires rage

Six EU nations are sending firefighting teams and equipment to France as it battles a spate of wildfires, including a fierce blaze in the parched southwest that has forced thousands to evacuate, officials said Thursday.. The European Commission said four firefighting planes would be sent to France from Greece and Sweden, while teams from Austria, Germany, Poland and Romania were on their way.

Ice-age footprints shed light on North America's early humans

Footprints laid down by Ice-Age hunter-gatherers and recently discovered in a US desert are shedding new light on North America's earliest human inhabitants.. "Once I... realized I was digging a human footprint, I was seeing toes, I was seeing the thing in immaculate condition...

Arctic warming four times faster than rest of Earth: study

The Arctic has warmed nearly four times faster than the rest of the planet over the last 40 years, according to research published Thursday that suggests climate models are underestimating the rate of polar heating.. They found that on average the data showed the Arctic had warmed 0.75C per decade, nearly four times quicker than the rest of the planet. 

Tens of thousands trek rugged trail to glimpse Iceland volcano

Tens of thousands of people have braved a steep, rugged trail in Iceland to catch a rare glimpse of an active volcano after it erupted last week, spewing red-hot lava into the sky.  . - 'Nature's power' - "It would be very easy for it to last as long as the previous one", vulcanologist Thorvaldur Thordarson told AFP. Last year, lava spewed from the nearby Mount Fagradalsfjall volcano for six months, the longest eruption in Iceland in more than 50 years.