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Droughts and Heat Waves

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  • Fire crews make gains against damaging Washington wildfire

    Surveying the smoldering ruins of his upscale home in this central Washington city, Vern Smith pointed to what had been his garage. "You can't tell from here, but that's a brand new truck," Smith said, looking at the burned vehicle. Smith was among...
  • Water-independent Riverside fights 28% reduction order

    Water-independent Riverside fights 28% reduction order
    For decades, Riverside has worked to be what officials consider "water independent" by consolidating groundwater rights and building water treatment facilities. And in recent years, the city-owned public utility appears to have achieved that goal. It...
  • Taking advantage of drought rebate system is ethically barren

    Last summer, California Gov. Jerry Brown urged residents of the state to conserve water during what's turned out to be a severe drought. His goal was to curtail water usage by 20 percent, but the reported results of the voluntary cutback amounted to...
  • Temperatures cool, but death toll tops 1,000 in Pakistani heat wave

    Temperatures cool, but death toll tops 1,000 in Pakistani heat wave
    The toll from the sweltering heat wave in Pakistan's largest city continued to rise Thursday, surpassing more than 1,000 dead, according to state-run television, even as temperatures began to cool off. The high temperature in Karachi was 100 degrees...
  • Taliban threatens utility company in heat-stricken Karachi

    The Pakistani Taliban warned on Friday that it would target the country's main electrical company if it did not end power outages in the country's south — where an intense heat wave has killed 866 people in the past week. In a statement released...
  • Navy bases do their part to conserve water in California drought

    Navy bases do their part to conserve water in California drought
    With its red and green synthetic turf, Destroyer Field at Surface Warrior Park is meant to reduce water use at Naval Base San Diego. The softball field needs occasionally to be combed, but not watered or mowed. Destroyer Field represents the future in...
  • 'Mind blowing' flames destroy homes in Washington state

    From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen homes and forced hundreds to flee. "With the wind blowing away from us, it was like we were watching a...
  • Lawsuits over California water rights are a fight a century in the making

    Lawsuits over California water rights are a fight a century in the making
    The lawsuits hit the courts within days of the state mailing notices to some Central Valley irrigation districts: They were to stop diverting from rivers and streams because there wasn't enough water to go around. Unsurprising as the move may be in this...
  • Air conditioning is a matter of life and death

    Air conditioning is a matter of life and death
    The last thing in the world I want to do is to get on the wrong side of God, the Catholic Church or any of my Catholic friends. But I feel compelled to say that Pope Francis, however infallible he might be in matters spiritual, is just plain wrong about...
  • Lake fire grew after private drone flights disrupted air drops

    Lake fire grew after private drone flights disrupted air drops
    As a hot wind shifted north and drove the flames toward Onyx Peak east of Big Bear Lake, fire crews deployed to save homes scattered among brittle-dry pines — waiting for help from a DC-10 laden with 10,800 gallons of retardant. It never came....
  • Yes it's been raining, so how did the Lehigh Valley end up under a drought watch?

    Yes it's been raining, so how did the Lehigh Valley end up under a drought watch?
    Yes, it's been wet lately — but not the right kind of wet to head off an expansion of the state's drought watch. Despite 4.84 inches of rain this month, the state Department of Environmental Protection has added Lehigh and Northampton counties to...