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Tag: Drought


Americans Will Face ‘Megadroughts’ and Superstorms

New studies warn that such dangerous weather events could occur regularly in the U.S. if the burning of fossil fuels continues.

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Europe Must Prepare for Extreme Weather

Cities and towns across Europe are being warned to adapt to the battering they face from intense storms as extreme weather events become more frequent.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE



Climate Change Means More Droughts for Northeastern Brazil

The huge semi-arid region, home to 53 million people, is in danger of becoming completely arid.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 READ MORE



The Western United States Faces an Explosion of Wildfires

Wildfires used to hit California only in the latter part of the year, but a changing climate and persistent drought mean they are now a constant threat.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 READ MORE



California and EPA Poised to Expand Program With Potential to Pollute Water Reserves

Under federal environmental law, a little-known program is being used to permit oil and gas companies to inject waste into the state’s aquifers, even as the thirst for groundwater grows.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



Tax Loophole Can Reward Excessive Water Use in Drought-Stricken West

Experts fear tax deductions for water use as a “depleted asset” could actually worsen the crisis as rivers and reservoirs dry up.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE



Droughts Dry Up Amazon’s ‘Green Lungs’

Serious tree loss and stunted growth caused by repeated droughts in the Amazon Basin have damaged the rainforest’s vital ability to store atmospheric carbon.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE



The Costs and Dangers of Climate Change Are Escalating

Scientific reports released for a conference on disaster risk reduction warn that people are already dying and economies being hit by climate change—and that the dangers are growing.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 READ MORE



Europe’s Precious Beech Forests Could Succumb to Drought

A warming climate and intense droughts are hitting some of Europe’s most coveted forest areas, with beech trees in southern Britain particularly vulnerable.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



As One of Its Chief Sources of Water Dries Up, California Eases Restrictions on Use Nonetheless

A single relatively wet winter has led California officials to relax in a way some water experts fear is reckless.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE



How the Water Crisis in the West Renewed the Debate About the Effectiveness of Major Dams

In the midst of drought after drought, some are pushing for the enormous Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River to be decommissioned.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



Droughts Are Giving Trees ‘Heart Attacks’

Research identifying survival traits in different tree species could prove vital in helping reduce the massive losses caused by heat extremes as the world warms.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 READ MORE



Weather Extremes Slash Cereal Yields

Increasing intensity of heat and drought as a result of global warming may have caused a reduction in worldwide cereal harvests by up to a 10th since the mid-1960s.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 READ MORE



More Droughts May Mean Less Electrical Power

Rising temperatures and reduced rainfall will make the flow of rivers less dependable, affecting supplies to the electricity generators that rely on them.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE



Forests of Southwest U.S. Face Massive Die-Off by 2100

California’s drought has already imperiled many of its trees, and within 80 years climate change could destroy the evergreen forests of the entire U.S. Southwest.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

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High-Level Danger for Forest Giants

The tallest trees play a vital role in combating global warming by taking carbon from the atmosphere, but they are at great risk from ever-increasing droughts.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



Saving Humanity From Climate Chaos Means Saying No to Business as Usual

Corporations should not be a part of climate negotiations at the upcoming United Nations talks in Paris. They are part of the problem, not the solution.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Floods Will Add to California’s Drought Woes

Climate scientists predict that while the drought that has devastated the state for four years will become more extreme, it will be interspersed with bouts of serious flooding.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



Forest Loss and Land Degradation Fuel Climate Crisis

U.N. studies show that the combined effects of degraded farmland and the felling and burning of trees are costing the planet trillions of dollars in ecosystem losses.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE



Land Degradation Could Create 50 Million Climate Refugees Within a Decade

A U.N.-backed report offers a shocking depiction of the state of our global environment, revealing that about half of the planet’s agricultural land is now moderately or severely degraded.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE



Receding Snowpack Highlights Impact of California Drought

Evidence preserved in tree rings shows that Sierra Nevada snow cover is the lowest in five centuries—and rising temperatures will only make things worse.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



Northern Forests Face Onslaught From Heat and Drought

Many Northern Hemisphere forests face destruction as climate change brings both fiercer droughts and higher temperatures.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE



Drought Becoming the ‘New Normal’ for Californians

Human impacts on global warming and water resources are threatening to turn the landscape of the U.S. West into a dust bowl.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



Land in California Is Sinking Nearly Two Inches Per Month Due to Pumping in Drought

The rate at which vast areas of California’s Central Valley are sinking has accelerated as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped out to meet water shortages during the region’s historic drought.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE



As Both Climate Victim and Responder, California Leads the Way

California in the Great Drought reminds me of San Francisco as AIDS broke out: a living diorama of how the future is going to look for a lot of us. Back then we had no idea how bad things were going to get, and that is likely to be true now too.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE



Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights

The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have the precious resource. Could leasing the rights to it solve the crisis responsibly?

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Watch the ‘Yes Men’s’ Comical Solution to the California Drought

The activists’ spoof campaign encourages hipsters to forgo showers if they eat beef. Find out if they managed to fool anyone.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Climate Change as Grave a Threat as Nuclear War

An international scientific report commissioned by the U.K. government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE



Natural World Feels the Heat as Temperatures Soar

Birds, insects and trees are all under threat as the rise in global average temperatures makes droughts and heat waves much more probable.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE


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Stress on Water Resources Threatens Lives and Livelihoods

Satellite data raise red flags about the draining of underground aquifers in California and elsewhere to meet the demands of expanding populations.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



Scientists Detect Mysterious Warming in U.S. Coastal Waters

Unprecedented ocean temperature rises off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States may be linked to sea level rise or the recent pattern of “weird” weather.

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 READ MORE



Combating Climate Dangers Is Seen as Medical Emergency

International experts say the last 50 years of health advances worldwide will be jeopardized unless urgent steps are taken to confront climate change.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE



India Blames Heat-Wave Deaths on Climate Change

Fierce temperatures in India doubled the heat-related deaths normally recorded in May—and the government insists natural causes are not to blame.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Offers Rare Respite for African Farmers

Under the influence of greenhouse gases, changes in air temperature and wind patterns are increasing rainfall and crop yields in the drought-prone Sahel region.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE



Heat and Drought Pose Threat to U.S. Power Supplies

Global warming will leave people in the Western states of the U.S. exposed to increasingly extreme temperatures that could seriously affect electricity generation.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



Weather Events Taken to Extremes by Climate Change

Scientists warn that global warming could greatly increase the likelihood of record frequency and intensity of droughts, floods and heat waves.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Braces for Even Worse Wildfire Season

Years of drought and higher temperatures mean the chance of devastating wildfires in the southwest U.S. is higher than ever—particularly in southern California.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE


California Drought









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Well Drilling Has Deep Impact on Health of Great Plains

Vegetation loss on North America’s vast rangelands resulting from a huge increase in oil and gas well activity evokes memories of the 1930s Dust Bowl disaster.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE



Washington State Hit With Brutal Drought

Authorities in the state that produces nearly 70 percent of U.S. apples for fresh consumption and loads of other foodstuffs have declared “drought emergencies” in 24 of its 62 watersheds—or 44 percent of the state’s area.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE


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California and Martian Water









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Jerry Brown—Drought and High-Speed Rail









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‘Water Man of India’ Makes Rivers Flow Again

Revival of traditional rainwater harvesting has transformed the driest state in India and could be used to combat the effects of climate change across the world.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE


California Agriculture Water Hog









Posted on Apr 7, 2015 ENLARGE



Water Crisis Pushes Brazil Toward Solar Power at Last

Without water to feed its hydroelectric dams, drought-hit Brazil is turning to the solar energy source once dubbed a fantasy by the country’s president.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE


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