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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.

What is killing California's sea lions?

Sausalito - Marine scientists say 2015 could be the worst year on record for California’s iconic sea lion, the seemingly friendly marine mammal facing an uncharacteristic winter die-off that has animal lovers, beachgoers and environmentalists traumatized.

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.

First in series of winter rainstorms reach parched SF Bay Area

San Francisco - Rain is falling Friday in San Francisco, welcome relief to the city and to an entire region that has been beset by drought.

Green building trends to look out for in 2015

It's a fact: green building is not a craze or a fad, but the future of construction. And this is true for both new construction and renovation/retrofitting.

What were the biggest environmental stories of 2014?

Environmental issues have been front page news for all of 2014. From the seemingly mundane to international events like the People's Climate March in September. Let's take a look at some of the stories that are still having an impact on our planet.

Rain and snow storms finally soak Northern California

Monterey - The biggest rainstorms in years are expected to continue to pound Northern California for days after resuming Wednesday, bringing a welcome end to three years of drought but ushering in concerns about landslides, flooding and falling trees.

Days of rain could relieve severe Northern California drought

San Francisco - Rain is expected to start falling this afternoon in Northern California and could continue for several days in the largest storm to reach the region in years.

California's drought caused by climate change? Maybe not

After examining the data from 16 extreme weather events occurring last year, from severe floods in Colorado to California's on-going drought, scientists have come to a startling conclusion. The drought cannot be linked to climate change.
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Bao Yongxin  the farmer who has made fighting desertification the mission of his life.
Bao Yongxin, the farmer who has made fighting desertification the mission of his life.
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
The Enterprise Bridge passes over a nearly dry Lake Oroville near Bidwell Marina on August 31  2014.
The Enterprise Bridge passes over a nearly dry Lake Oroville near Bidwell Marina on August 31, 2014.
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Suffering in Somalia famine.
Suffering in Somalia famine.
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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
In Inner Mongolia  China  nomads are planting drought-resistant shrub plant varieties to check rapid...
In Inner Mongolia, China, nomads are planting drought-resistant shrub plant varieties to check rapid desertification and sifting sand
The extreme drought conditions on the western coast of the U.S. have weakened trees so that pine bar...
The extreme drought conditions on the western coast of the U.S. have weakened trees so that pine bark beetles easily infect them. Note the "red trees."
Colorado State Forest Service
Animal carcass in Kenya.
Animal carcass in Kenya.
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São Paulo s Cantareira reservoir system has fallen to about five percent capacity as the drought co...
São Paulo's Cantareira reservoir system has fallen to about five percent capacity as the drought continues.
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Extreme weather events  like heatwaves and droughts  could impact on our food supply.
Extreme weather events, like heatwaves and droughts, could impact on our food supply.
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Dry stream channel during drought conditions  North Platte River in Goshen County  Wyoming  near Wyo...
Dry stream channel during drought conditions, North Platte River in Goshen County, Wyoming, near Wyoming-Nebraska state line. Photo taken: Sept. 5, 2008
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California s agriculture is dependent on water. Most large farms have sprinkler systems like those i...
California's agriculture is dependent on water. Most large farms have sprinkler systems like those in the photo, to insure crops growth.
Ca. Dept. of Water Resources
The skies over Burma (Myanmar)  Thailand  Laos  and Vietnam were extremely smoky on March 5  2010  w...
The skies over Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam were extremely smoky on March 5, 2010, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. Hundreds of active fires were detected by the sensor; locations are outlined in red.
NASA Earth Observatory
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
Mono Lake California  August 2014.
Mono Lake California, August 2014.
Mary Phillips
Lake Hume at 4 percent capacity. Picture taken from Victoria side of the lake. Australia
Lake Hume at 4 percent capacity. Picture taken from Victoria side of the lake. Australia
Tim J. Keegan
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.
Digital Journal
Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
Oxfam International
Last year’s drought in India  together with unseasonal weather earlier this year is threatening a ...
Last year’s drought in India, together with unseasonal weather earlier this year is threatening a substantial decline in food-grain output—the first in five years of such magnitude.
Mint

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