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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
Eskinder Debebe / UN
A dry riverbed in California.
Photo taken: March 15  2009
A dry riverbed in California. Photo taken: March 15, 2009
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
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,
Aside from being a vice president for his family s winery  Charles Krug Winery  Marc Mondavi is a wa...
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.
Photo: The Chronicle
All dried up
All dried up
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
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
A view of Escalante Desert in Utah
A view of Escalante Desert in Utah
Micah & Erin
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
PROOF: Photo taken at Lake Tahoe in 2010 proves that snow is not a rariety in California s Sierra Ne...
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.
jcookfisher/Wikimedia Commons
A dry riverbed in California.
A dry riverbed in California.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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
Sand dune fixation underway in Inner Mongolia  China
Sand dune fixation underway in Inner Mongolia, China
A New Mexico farm
A New Mexico farm
City of Albuquerque Open Space
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
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
Suffering in Somalia famine.
Suffering in Somalia famine.
©UNHRC/S. Modola
Las Vegas  Nevada has 2.0 million permanent residents  but 40 million tourists visit every year. Las...
Las Vegas, Nevada has 2.0 million permanent residents, but 40 million tourists visit every year. Las Vegas depends on water from Lake Mead.
A child of Somali refugees  at a camp in Malkadiida  Ethiopia.
A child of Somali refugees, at a camp in Malkadiida, Ethiopia.
Eskinder Debebe / UN


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