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Four, including German national, die in U.S. heatwave

Los Angeles - At least four people, including a German man, have died from the blistering heat that has gripped the western United States and sparked wildfires and evacuations across the region, authorities said Monday.

Dead trees, dry earth: Western U.S. a tinderbox

Los Angeles - Tens of millions of dead trees, record temperatures in June and persistent drought can only mean one thing for the American West this fire season: it's going to be a tinderbox.

Tree mortality epidemic impacts forests and safety

Sonora - California is facing a fifth year of drought. The drought is affecting both the forest environment as a whole, and also the communities which are now embedded in those forested areas. Ponderosa Pine may largely disappear.

Drought-hit Indian kids to get free meals over holidays

New Delhi - India's top court Friday ordered state governments to provide free meals to schoolchildren even during the summer break as the country reels from the impact of one of the worst droughts on record.

India's Supreme Court orders disaster fund for drought-hit zones

New Delhi - India's top court criticised the government Wednesday for failing to set up a disaster fund to help drought-hit farmers and villagers suffering crop losses and severe water shortages.

Floods following drought worsen Ethiopian hunger

- Stuck on a track in eastern Ethiopia, trucks carrying food for the starving are forced to turn back.After one of the worst droughts for decades, the rains have finally arrived, but now only add to the complication of the delivery of food aid.

Venezuela is now down to a two-day work week

In order to save on energy needs, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro announced this week that public sector workers will only report for work two days a week for the next two weeks.

Drought parches El Salvador

San Salvador - Citing lack of rain, the Salvadoran government has declared a drought emergency as rivers and lakes have dropped to record levels and many are going days without running water.

Australian river near fracking site bursts into flames

Chinchilla - In a protest against coal seam gas leaking into South West Queensland's Condamine River, NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham headed to the river and hopped on a boat. Then he sparked a lighter a few inches above the water and the river burst into flames.

India in the grip of a killer heatwave: Over 160 people dead

A monstrous heatwave that has killed over 160 people is already compounding drought and water shortage problems in India, putting 330 million people at risk.

Malawi president declares national disaster after drought

Blantyre - Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday declared a state of national disaster due to food shortages caused by drought, in the latest sign of alarm over a hunger crisis across southern Africa.

Drought threatens California despite El Nino

Los Angeles - Last winter, El Nino-driven storms dumped much-needed snow and rain over California, boosting reservoir levels and fueling hopes the parched state's four-year drought might end.

In drought-hit central Nicaragua, water 'is like looking for gold'

- Nicaragua may boast a southern lake that is Central America's biggest body of freshwater, but in the center of the country years of drought have taken a severe toll.

Drought-hit Somalia at 'tipping point': UN

Nairobi - The United Nations' aid chief for Somalia begged for cash Thursday to stave off starvation amid intense drought affecting a million people and to pull the war-torn country "back from the tipping point.""Urgent action is required right now.

Rivers turn to dust as drought bites Somalia

Mugadishu - Somalia's bread basket has become a dust bowl as the life-giving waters of the mighty Shabelle river run dry amid intense drought in the war-torn country.

Indian temples uncovered after river dries up in drought

Nashik - A group of temples that might be over 700 years old were uncovered when the river Godavari in India dried up, during a drought.

Severe dry spell parches Asian farmlands

Bangkok - The severe drought now ravaging across Asia is taking a heavy toll on crops as the region desperately needs water to irrigate parched farmlands.

Rainfall in San Francisco Bay Area prompts flooding concerns

Monterey - Rainfall in Northern California is expected to continue most of the day Saturday leading to a major rainstorm late in the day into early Sunday.

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.
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A farmer surveys his dry pond bed in Ashely  Illinois.
A farmer surveys his dry pond bed in Ashely, Illinois.
Risky Business
Irrigation dams and groundwater levels are dropping fast as the drought continues in South Africa.
Irrigation dams and groundwater levels are dropping fast as the drought continues in South Africa.
CCTV Africa
DRYING UP: Photo shows retreating water line at Indian Valley Reservoir in Lake County in July of la...
DRYING UP: Photo shows retreating water line at Indian Valley Reservoir in Lake County in July of last year.
Planet Labs Inc./Wikimedia Commons
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
Bayon temple  constructed by Angkorian King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. The faces may b...
Bayon temple, constructed by Angkorian King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. The faces may be representations of Buddha, the bodhisattva Lokesvara, Jayavarman VII, or a combination.
Mary Beth Day, University of Cambridge
Mount Tallac  Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit  Lake Tahoe  Eldorado National Forest  California. Sn...
Mount Tallac, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Lake Tahoe, Eldorado National Forest, California. Snow accumulation is far below normal in 2014, leading to concerns about drinking water supplies.
jcookfisher / Wikimedia Commons
In a December 2014 image of Mt.Whitney in California  remote sensors put the state s overall snowpac...
In a December 2014 image of Mt.Whitney in California, remote sensors put the state's overall snowpack at 46 percent of average.
FLORENCE LOW / CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES
Dust storm approaching Stratford  Texas. Dust bowl surveying in Texas.
Photo Date: April 18  1935
Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas. Dust bowl surveying in Texas. Photo Date: April 18, 1935
NOAA George E. Marsh Album
Lake Mead on April 13  2012. The reservoir was at 1 123.93 feet above sea level.
Lake Mead on April 13, 2012. The reservoir was at 1,123.93 feet above sea level.
Adam Kliczek, http://zatrzymujeczas.pl
A dry riverbed in California.
Photo taken: March 15  2009
A dry riverbed in California. Photo taken: March 15, 2009
NOAA
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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The spectre of hunger looms as drought hits West Africa
The spectre of hunger looms as drought hits West Africa
Timm Guenther/Wikipedia
Patterns of narrow and wide tree rings correspond to dry and wet years.
Patterns of narrow and wide tree rings correspond to dry and wet years.
Daniel Griffin
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
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
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
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
Nine percent of a very parched California is under  exceptional  drought conditions. April 22  2014.
Nine percent of a very parched California is under "exceptional" drought conditions. April 22, 2014.
US Drought Monitor
Climate change and drought is impacting our forests.
Climate change and drought is impacting our forests.
SmithsonianSERC