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Texas begins recycling wastewater for people to drink

Wichita Falls - Wichita Falls, near the Oklahoma border, has begun reusing millions of gallons of water at the River Road Waste Treatment plant. The purified water is being diverted as drinking water. The move has been initiated to help combat a severe drought.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Lake Mead water levels drop to new low

Because of the ongoing drought in the southwestern United States, water levels in Nevada's Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country, will be depleted to its lowest levels since the 1930s when the Hoover Dam was finished.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 3 comments

Farmworkers feel the heat from California's continuing drought

Mendota - Farmworkers throughout California's usually abundant Central Valley are hurting financially these days as a continuing drought causes lower yields and planting cutbacks throughout the fertile region.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 1 comment

California cattle ranchers looking for greener pastures

Long-distance cattle drives were common in the western part of the United States, dating back to the 1540s, when Spaniards began driving their cattle northward from Mexico to California. Then, with the discovery of gold, the demand for beef grew.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 10 comments

Drought worsens food crisis in poverty-stricken Haiti

Port-au-prince - The World Food Program sounded an alarm Friday over arid conditions in northwest Haiti that have worsened an already dire food shortage in this impoverished country.
In the Media by AFP

UN: World security at risk unless food production is increased

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) issued a stern warning to the world on Monday, saying food production must be increased a staggering 60 percent by mid-century to avoid mass starvation, social unrest and terrorism.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 4 comments

Middle East drought a threat to global food prices

The Middle East's driest winter in several decades could pose a threat to global food prices, with local crops depleted and farmers' livelihoods blighted, U.N. experts and climatologists say.
In the Media by Suleiman Al-Khalidi (Reuters)

Water witches used in California to find water

Some California farmers have turned to water witches, or dowsers, in desperation to locate underground water throughout the state.
In the Media by Megan Morreale - 2 comments

UN makes appeal for three-year plan for the Sahel

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 20 million people in the Sahel region are at risk of hunger and will need humanitarian assistance in 2014, around 8.7 million more than in 2013.
In the Media by Raluca Besliu

Drought and economy major points for Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown, in his State of the State speech on Wednesday was upbeat, yet he warned the legislature of the need for being cautious, saying "We are not out of the woods, and we are certainly not out of the drought."
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments

Texans and others in high-drought areas resort to synthetic grass

Dallas - In today's "all-natural" approach to satisfy consumer interests, a synthetic product is becoming ultimately popular -- and it's because of Mother Nature's dramatic change.
In the Media by Jenna Cyprus - 7 comments

Review: Watermark is cinematic eye candy of Burtynsky's photo art Special

Toronto - The latest documentary tracking the photographic project of Canada's Edward Burtynsky is visually mesmerizing, but it's also layered with an urgent message on how mankind has mishandled water and its ecological value.
Digital Journal Report by David Silverberg - 1 comment

New Mexico in state of emergency due to extreme drought

With 93 percent of New Mexico enduring an exceptional drought, two towns in the state have declared a state of emergency and local farmers have been forced to pay high sums to find water.
In the Media by Valerie Benguiat - 2 comments

NOAA to track 'sudden drought changes' with new monthly forecasts Special

Citing President Obama’s call from last week’s climate speech for federal agencies to help communities prepare for extreme weather events, NOAA said yesterday that it will begin releasing monthly drought outlooks, or MDOs.
Digital Journal Report by Jordan Howell

The U.S. has to get used to extreme weather warn scientists

Boston - Scientists meeting at this week’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston have warned that extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and the Texas drought are here to stay.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

Brushfires ravage parts of Tasmania, stranding thousands

Dunalley - Raging brushfires in parts of the Australian island of Tasmania have destroyed nearly 100 homes, stranding thousands of residents and claiming at least one life.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 4 comments

Dangerous drop in the Mississippi's water levels

Thebes - Following the worst drought in half a century, that has brought water levels in the Mississippi close to historic lows, agencies are reporting that this could shut down all shipping in a matter of weeks.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Beetle inspires 'self-filling' water bottle

A U.S. company has created a means to bring water to arid areas by drawing moisture from the air. The device was inspired by desert beetles.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Synchronized toilet flushing in Zimbabwe to unblock sewers

Bulawayo - In a case of get ready, get set, flush, home owners in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe have been asked to flush their toilets at a specific time.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

Op-Ed: World’s meat-eaters may be forced to turn vegetarian

Meat-eaters may have to become vegetarians if water shortages and population growth continue. Consumption of protein from animal-based products must drop from the current 20% of the average diet to 5% in order to feed a projected 9 billion people.
In the Media by C.S. McClellan - 10 comments

Global commodities trading company: 'Drought good for business'

Criticism is mounting against one of the world's most well-recognized commodities trading companies after Glencore declared the global drought and food crisis is a "good" business opportunity.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 4 comments

Drought brings 19th century Missouri River shipwreck to surface

Saint Charles - A steamboat that was lost on the Missouri River in the latter part of the 19th century has resurfaced due to the severe drought conditions that have been plaguing the region.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Global warming triggers worldwide drought conditions

Climatologists assess global warming has triggered worldwide drought conditions. Farmers have been digging deeper wells as the dead crops, extreme drought and endless wildfires become normal in America and the world.
In the Media by Eliot Elwar - 13 comments

US heatwave and drought expected to affect global food prices

Authorities around the world are raising the alarm about the impact of the heatwave and drought across the American farm belt. They say there will be food shortages, a spike in food prices and even a halt to ethanol production.
In the Media by Darren Weir - 2 comments

Arkansas counties added to disaster list

Arkansas residents are still looking to the skies for relief from drought conditions that plague the state as well as many others.
In the Media by Tiffany Romine - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Arkansas faces drought

Arkansas looking for relief from drought conditions that continue to take toll on communities. Will the there be any relief in sight?
In the Media by Tiffany Romine - 1 comment

Drought in Midwest drives corn production down and food prices up

The Midwest is experiencing its worst drought since 1988 , and corn crops are suffering as a result. Shortages are predicted due to the damage already done by the drought. But if drought conditions continue, the damage will be felt deeply by consumers.
In the Media by Wendy Hedrick - 6 comments

Hosepipe ban stays as rains arrive in drought-hit south England Special

The hosepipe ban that was introduced in certain regions of the UK on April 5 remains in force despite heavy rains finally arriving to all parts of the drought-affected area.
Digital Journal Report by Kev Hedges - 2 comments

Hosepipe ban in force as drought hits southern England

London - A ban on the use of hosepipes in eastern and south-eastern England has been enacted after two of the driest years on record.
In the Media by Paris Franz - 1 comment

Drought affected aspens developing into sudden aspen decline

Victor Hugo once wrote, "Science says the first word on everything, and the last word on nothing." Science is now looking at how 50% of the aspen trees are dying off in areas of North America: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
In the Media by Nancy Houser
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Surrounded by lush green hills lined with rows of Pine  Teenpiple village of Nepal is today like a p...
Surrounded by lush green hills lined with rows of Pine, Teenpiple village of Nepal is today like a picture postcard
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Sand dune fixation underway in Inner Mongolia  China
Sand dune fixation underway in Inner Mongolia, China
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All dried up
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Dying livestock in Kenya.
Oxfam Internationa/flickr
Dying livestock in Kenya.
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A dry riverbed in California.
Photo taken: March 15  2009
NOAA
A dry riverbed in California. Photo taken: March 15, 2009
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A snake found in Oklahoma
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A snake found in Oklahoma
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The view from Marine One en route to Firebaugh  Calif.  February 14  2014. (Official White House Pho...
Pete Souza
The view from Marine One en route to Firebaugh, Calif., February 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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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
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Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
Oxfam International
Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
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Lake Hume at 4 percent capacity. Picture taken from Victoria side of the lake. Australia
Tim J. Keegan
Lake Hume at 4 percent capacity. Picture taken from Victoria side of the lake. Australia
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Nine percent of a very parched California is under  exceptional  drought conditions. April 22  2014.
US Drought Monitor
Nine percent of a very parched California is under "exceptional" drought conditions. April 22, 2014.
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Las Vegas  Nevada has 2.0 million permanent residents  but 40 million tourists visit every year. Las...
Lasvegaslover
Las Vegas, Nevada has 2.0 million permanent residents, but 40 million tourists visit every year. Las Vegas depends on water from Lake Mead.
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PROOF: Photo taken at Lake Tahoe in 2010 proves that snow is not a rariety in California s Sierra Ne...
jcookfisher/Wikimedia Commons
PROOF: Photo taken at Lake Tahoe in 2010 proves that snow is not a rariety in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. But snow accumulation is far below normal in 2014, leading to concerns about drinking water supplies.
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Lake Mead on April 13  2012. The reservoir was at 1 123.93 feet above sea level.
Adam Kliczek, http://zatrzymujeczas.pl
Lake Mead on April 13, 2012. The reservoir was at 1,123.93 feet above sea level.
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East Africa deals with Overpopulation
East Africa deals with Overpopulation
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Dry stream channel during drought conditions  North Platte River in Goshen County  Wyoming  near Wyo...
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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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Aside from being a vice president for his family s winery  Charles Krug Winery  Marc Mondavi is a wa...
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Aside from being a vice president for his family's winery, Charles Krug Winery, Marc Mondavi is a water witch. He talks about his water witching and demonstrates his abilities.
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A child of Somali refugees  at a camp in Malkadiida  Ethiopia.
Eskinder Debebe / UN
A child of Somali refugees, at a camp in Malkadiida, Ethiopia.
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Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
Eskinder Debebe / UN
Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
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The spectre of hunger looms as drought hits West Africa
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The spectre of hunger looms as drought hits West Africa
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