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Children in Somalia starving amid 'alarming' drought: UN

Mugadishu - Over 58,000 children will starve to death in Somalia without urgent support, the United Nations warned Monday, amid severe drought in the impoverished and war-torn Horn of Africa country.

Zimbabwe declares 'state of disaster' over drought

Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Friday declared a "state of disaster" in many rural areas hit by a severe drought, with more than a quarter of the population facing food shortages.

Volunteers send water as S. African temperatures soar

Boksburg - In a large shed to the east of Johannesburg men stacked tens of thousands of litres of water onto a flatbed truck as part of a neighbourhood volunteer campaign to save South Africa's dry towns.

Tens of millions of California trees threatened by drought

Washington - As many as 58 million large trees in California are threatened by record drought afflicting the state since 2011, says a study.

Climate change making it harder for trees to recover from drought

San Francisco - Past studies of drought's impact on forests have always led to the assumption that trees recover almost immediately after a drought ends. But with droughts becoming more common, basic structures in trees will make recovery more difficult.

Rainstorm, winds expected to drench Bay Area on Sunday

San Francisco - Bay Area residents braced Sunday for the second rainstorm in a week as a widespread weather system approached from the northwest.

Op-Ed: Are you ready to choose the last generation?

All parents love their children. And every grandparent falls in love with their grandkids. Which generation are you willing to kill?

Water use plummets in drought-plagued California

Los Angeles - Mandatory water-saving measures in place to fight California's historic drought have produced a sizeable drop in consumption over the past two months, regulators said.

Opening of Crystal Geyser water bottling plant in Calif. opposed

A local citizens group in California is taking Crystal River bottling company to court, claiming the company doesn't have the proper permits and is in violation of land-use provisions by opening a water bottling plant during a drought.

Cholera, climate change fuel Haiti's humanitarian crisis: UN

Port-au-prince - Climate change, cholera and the return of thousands of emigrants from the neighboring Dominican Republican are fueling a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, the UN warned.

Southern African leaders meet as region faces food crisis

Johanesburg - Leaders of 15 southern African countries will gather for an annual summit on Monday as the region grapples with serious food shortages that have left a record number of people needing aid.

Los Angeles reservoir filled with 96 million plastic balls

California City - With California suffering one of the most severe cases of drought, the mayor released 96 million "shade balls" into the Los Angeles reservoir in hopes to conserve water.

Panama Canal to limit ship size due to drought caused by El Niño

Panama City - A drought triggered by an El Niño is prompting the Panama Canal Authority to place restrictions on the size of ships allowed through the famed canal. Beginning Sept. 8, the maximum draft (depth in the water) will be cut to 39ft. (11.89m).

Drought and wildfires prompt emergency declaration in California

Sacramento - With a severe drought now in its fourth year and at least 18 wildfires raging across the state, California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for all of the state.

Utility districts cut water use by 27 percent in California

Sacramento - Drought-slammed California could avoid mandatory water rationing next summer if the state's hundreds of utility districts can keep water under control until the next heavy rains arrive.

Sierra wildfire forces closures, evacuations along Highway 50

Kyburz - Highway 50 in California's Sierra Nevada mountains was shut down Thursday afternoon as a wildfire burned out of control near the town of Kyburz in El Dorado County.

UNICEF warns of child deaths in North Korea drought

Seoul - A serious drought in North Korea requires urgent action to prevent the deaths of children already weakened by widespread malnutrition, the UN children's fund, UNICEF, warned Thursday."The situation is urgent.

Los Angeles cutting down trees because of drought

Los Angeles - Los Angeles officials are saying there isn't enough water to irrigate all the trees in the city, so they have decided to cut down around 14,000 dead or dying trees suffering from the drought.

Roaring wildfire threatens historic California mining town

Markleeville - California and Nevada firefighters battling a wind-fanned wildfire in the Sierra Nevada mountains conceded Tuesday that the blaze had outpaced containment efforts and was out of control.

Drought sparks fears of worsening food shortages in N. Korea

Seoul - North Korea's food supply faces a gloomy forecast this year due to a damaging drought which has sparked fears of worsening shortages in the impoverished communist country, experts said Wednesday.

N. Korea hit by worst drought in a century

Seoul - North Korea has been hit by its worst drought in a century, state media said Tuesday, sparking fears of worsening food shortages in the impoverished communist country.

Op-Ed: Noah-like rain hits town near NOAA headquarters Special

Denver - In Denver this spring, the heavy rains remind us of both the biblical Noah and the government agency NOAA up the foothills in Boulder. Precipitation is twice the norm for the year.

India's Modi seeks expanded irrigation as drought threatens

With monsoons expected to bring less rainfall than usual this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India is seeking a quick fix to the problem, wanting to expand irrigation systems that would improve water usage.

Dengue fever fans public anger over Brazil's health care system

With the number of Dengue fever cases hitting 750,000 people this year, Brazilians are angry, and fanning that anger is the wretched state of the country's health care system.

California's drought resulting in water-related innovation

California's severe drought is forcing state officials to levy big fines against heavy users of water in the Golden State.

'Second-hand smog' from Asia ends up in California

As if the drought in California is not enough to worry about, now the Central Valley, home to over three million people and two million cars, is suffering the effects of a heavy smog, and it's not homemade, either.

California orders 25% cut in resident, business water use

South Lake Tahoe - Faced with the worst drought since becoming a state in 1850, California announced mandatory usage reductions for the first time.

Parched California set to impose more limits on water usage

San Francisco - Additional restrictions on water usage in California are expected to be imposed this week in the face of a continuing drought that has seen rivers, lakes and reservoirs drying up statewide.

California quickly running out of water

Sacramento - While the eastern US may have a surplus of snow this season California was the driest in January since records were first kept in 1895.

Sao Paulo drought worsens — Rationing may be next

Brazil's Sao Paulo state is experiencing their third year of drought, with soaring temperatures and rainfall averages well below normal. With the country's economy in a slump, about the only people doing a brisk business are the water tankers.
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PERFECT: U.S. and California National Guard firefighters practice water drops near Lake Pardee in Ap...
PERFECT: U.S. and California National Guard firefighters practice water drops near Lake Pardee in April in anticipation of a tough fire season with the Golden State in its fourth year of drought.
Army National Guard photo/Sgt. Ian M. Kummer
A view of Escalante Desert in Utah
A view of Escalante Desert in Utah
Micah & Erin
A farmer surveys his dry pond bed in Ashely  Illinois.
A farmer surveys his dry pond bed in Ashely, Illinois.
Risky Business
Wet weather is critical for irrigating crops in South Africa  but in 2015  there s been little or no...
Wet weather is critical for irrigating crops in South Africa, but in 2015, there's been little or no rains. Water levels in irrigation dams are around 50% and below.
CCTV Africa
The view from Marine One en route to Firebaugh  Calif.  February 14  2014. (Official White House Pho...
The view from Marine One en route to Firebaugh, Calif., February 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Pete Souza
Thanks to the community initiative to dig a pond  this year  villagers in Teenpiple  Nepal have rece...
Thanks to the community initiative to dig a pond, this year, villagers in Teenpiple, Nepal have received a good harvest of corn
Officials in Los Angeles have said they don t have enough water to irrigate all the trees in the cit...
Officials in Los Angeles have said they don't have enough water to irrigate all the trees in the city, so they are removing the dead and dying trees.
IB Times UK
Animal carcass in Kenya.
Animal carcass in Kenya.
Oxfam Internationa/flickr
Smolt are herded from ponds to an area where pumps suck them up into tanker trucks like this one.
Smolt are herded from ponds to an area where pumps suck them up into tanker trucks like this one.
FWSPacificSouthWest
Sudanese youth scavenge for food and clothing in a municipal garbage dump.
04 September 2008
Juba ...
Sudanese youth scavenge for food and clothing in a municipal garbage dump. 04 September 2008 Juba, Sudan
UN
Climate change and drought is impacting our forests.
Climate change and drought is impacting our forests.
SmithsonianSERC
Mono Lake in California on August 1  2014. Notice the dry lake bed. In 2013  the water depth was at ...
Mono Lake in California on August 1, 2014. Notice the dry lake bed. In 2013, the water depth was at about 50 feet.
Mary Phillips
A woman in traditional clothes walks over open ground in Ethiopia s drought-hit Borena zone  near th...
A woman in traditional clothes walks over open ground in Ethiopia's drought-hit Borena zone, near the village of Goraye
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Crystal Geyser bottling Company will ge to court over opening of bottling plant in drought-stricken ...
Crystal Geyser bottling Company will ge to court over opening of bottling plant in drought-stricken California.
Public Domain
Dying livestock in Kenya.
Dying livestock in Kenya.
Oxfam Internationa/flickr
In Inner Mongolia  locals have joined hands with the forestry department to create green cover on sa...
In Inner Mongolia, locals have joined hands with the forestry department to create green cover on sand dunes
A dry riverbed in California.
Photo taken: March 15  2009
A dry riverbed in California. Photo taken: March 15, 2009
NOAA
WalMart is being criticized for sourcing bottled water in drought-hit California. — Photo shows Wa...
WalMart is being criticized for sourcing bottled water in drought-hit California. — Photo shows WalMart's 35 bottle Value packs of purified drinking water, 16.9 fl oz, 35 count.
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map showing drought area increase 2013-2014
map showing drought area increase 2013-2014
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