The Dry Facts - article on persistent dry weather and drought published in Nature magazine September 2013

The Dry Facts, Nature, Sept 2013.

Drought has wreaked havoc throughout history, destroying crops and causing famine and conflict. And it could be getting worse.

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DEFINING DOUGHT

Characterized by unusual and persistent dry weather, drought is caused by shifts in global weather patterns such as El Niño, but also increasingly by human-induced climate change. Identifying drought is difficult, however, so there is considerable uncertainty about whether it is getting any worse.

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Olive Heffernan is a London-based freelance environment writer. Olive mostly writes about climate change and its impacts, but also writes more broadly on sustainable resource use. Here you can find an archive of her recent articles, link to her Twitter feed and her blog.

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