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'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.

California wildfires force thousands from their homes

Weed - Thousands of Northern California residents were forced to evacuate their homes Tuesday as a series of wildfires burned out of control in the drought-afflicted countryside.

Absence of 'Flying Rivers' causing severe drought in Brazil

The extreme drought now affecting Sao Paulo, Brazil is thought to be because of the absence of South America's "flying Rivers." No, they are not a mythical entity, but the name given the clouds of water vapor that bring rains to Southeastern Brazil.

Earthquake offers temporary reprieve for drought stricken state

Napa - As California faces what many believe to be the worst drought in the state's history, last month's 6.0 magnitude earthquake appears to have offered temporary relief.

Texas’ emergency herbicide request refused by EPA

Houston - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied the emergency use request filed by the state of Texas to use hazardous herbicide propazine to kill superweeds infesting the state’s cotton.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.
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On May 24  2014  the reservoir supplying water to Sao Paulo was already at a devastatingly low level...
On May 24, 2014, the reservoir supplying water to Sao Paulo was already at a devastatingly low level.
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Sand dune fixation underway in Inner Mongolia  China
Sand dune fixation underway in Inner Mongolia, China
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)
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The spectre of hunger looms as drought hits West Africa
The spectre of hunger looms as drought hits West Africa
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A dry riverbed in California.
A dry riverbed in California.
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A New Mexico farm
A New Mexico farm
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map showing drought area increase 2013-2014
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Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
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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
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.
Suffering in Somalia famine.
Suffering in Somalia famine.
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A snake found in Oklahoma
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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.
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The skies over Burma (Myanmar)  Thailand  Laos  and Vietnam were extremely smoky on March 5  2010  w...
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DROUGHT: California s partially drained Mono Lake has even less water than usual as seen in this pho...
DROUGHT: California's partially drained Mono Lake has even less water than usual as seen in this photo from August 2014.
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Villagers of Teenpiple have taken to rainwater harvesting to meet their drinking water needs
Villagers of Teenpiple have taken to rainwater harvesting to meet their drinking water needs
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DRYING UP: Photo shows retreating water line at Indian Valley Reservoir in Lake County in July of last year.
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East Africa deals with Overpopulation
East Africa deals with Overpopulation
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São Paulo's Cantareira reservoir system has fallen to about five percent capacity as the drought continues.
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Women weeding a rice paddy field, drying and cracked because of a lack of rain.
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