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Droughts and Heat Waves

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  • It's not just California's drought -- it's America's

    It's not just California's drought -- it's America's
    After a week on horseback helping my rancher friends with their annual cattle roundup, I boarded Amtrak's Empire Builder in Havre, Mont., a week ago Sunday and looked forward to resting my sore muscles for the 18 hours it would take to reach the coast. As...
  • Drought hastens decline of the Joshua tree, California's desert symbol

    Drought hastens decline of the Joshua tree, California's desert symbol
    Under canopies of dead angular branches and drooping fronds, UC Riverside ecologist Cameron Barrows made his way across a forest of skeletal Joshua trees that have not reproduced in decades. As Barrows explained, it's a tough time to be a Joshua tree....
  • In Central Coast cattle region, drought continues to shrink the herds

    In Central Coast cattle region, drought continues to shrink the herds
    From the front porch of the ranch house where Daniel Sinton grew up, the toll of drought is all too plain to see. Grassland is turning into bare ground. Pine trees, some four stories tall, are dead or being eaten alive by fungal pathogens. And Sinton'...
  • Commentary: A drought is no time to build new developments

    Yes, there is no doubt that we are in a drought. However, are we robbing the current residents of their water usage at the expense of facilitating these unending high-density housing projects? Water is a scarce commodity, and so is space, yet we are in a...
  • In Mali, nomads again become jidadis and history parodies itself

    In Mali, nomads again become jidadis and history parodies itself
    In the early 19th century, a Fulani scholar, cleric and trilingual poet named Uthman dan Fodio launched one of West Africa's earliest jihads. Hurtling camelback and horseback, Dan Fodio and his followers delivered Islam to the mostly animist rural savanna...
  • Dianne Feinstein: How DC can help fight the drought in California

    Dianne Feinstein: How DC can help fight the drought in California
    Last year, California voters overwhelmingly approved a $7.5-billion bond to upgrade the state's water infrastructure. This investment will help combat the effects of climate change, which is only worsening the drought we face now. But the state can't...
  • Nevada ranchers defy drought closures, graze cattle on federal land

    The big rains that have soaked parts of Nevada, Utah and Colorado in the last month have provided a brief and perhaps misleading sense of relief from the drought that is parching the West. The region’s long-term water supply depends on snowpack,...
  • As California drought worsens, experts urge water reforms

    As California drought worsens, experts urge water reforms
    As mandatory water restrictions took effect Monday across California, a panel of experts called upon the drought-plagued state to upgrade its water infrastructure and reform its antiquated water rights system. "The reservoirs we built in California over...
  • Group says California immigration policies contributed to drought

    Group says California immigration policies contributed to drought
    In a television commercial that has aired across the state, a young boy asks: "If Californians are having fewer children, why isn't there enough water?" The ad is part of a wider media campaign blaming California's historic drought on the state's...
  • Rain provides scant relief as India heat wave rages on, killing 2,200

    Rain provides scant relief as India heat wave rages on, killing 2,200
    Despite hopes that weekend thundershowers would help end a raging heat wave in southern India, the rain brought only limited relief as the death toll since mid-April approached 2,200. Officials said Sunday that the intense heat was likely to continue...
  • No drought in Lehigh Valley, but sure seems that way

    No drought in Lehigh Valley, but sure seems that way
    Pennsylvania is dry. So dry that this month is the second driest May on record in the Lehigh Valley. So dry that front lawns aren't emerald-colored, but rather turning a yellow-brownish shade. So dry that when farmers are working their fields,...