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  • Rethinking gardens in a time of drought
    Rethinking gardens in a time of drought Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    LANGLEY, Wash. (AP) — Severe drought is parching large sections of America, but that doesn't mean giving up on gardening. Plants can be coaxed through the hot summer months despite severe water restrictions. More »

  • Worldwide strengthening El Nino giveth and taketh away
    Worldwide strengthening El Nino giveth and taketh away Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In California, they're counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they've already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It's both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. And it's likely to increase the price of coffee, chocolate and sugar. More »

  • France evacuates 10,000 campers as Provence burns
    France evacuates 10,000 campers as Provence burns Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    French officials evacuated 10,000 people from three different campsites Monday as hot winds fanned fires in drought-hit Provence in the middle of the summer holiday season, officials said. More »

  • California wildfire threatens homes, prompts evacuations
    California wildfire threatens homes, prompts evacuations Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    ALTA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California wildfire raced through more than six square miles of drought-stricken timber Saturday, threatening at least 150 rural homes in the Sierra Nevada, authorities said. More »

  • West Nile Virus Gets Boost from US Drought Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    As drought continues to plague the Western United States, public health officials are warning residents of the region about an unexpected side effect of the dry weather: a greater likelihood of contracting West Nile virus. This week, officials from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) confirmed that a 65-year-old woman in Nevada County, California, died from an infection with the mosquito-borne disease. Earlier this month, two people died from West Nile virus infections in Maricopa County, Arizona — an area that is also experiencing severe drought conditions. More »

  • South Korea's growth slowest in more than 2 years
    South Korea's growth slowest in more than 2 years Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's quarterly growth slowed to the lowest in more than two years as a severe drought hit agriculture and an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome sapped consumption. More »

  • Martin O’Malley’s Link Between Climate Change and ISIS Isn’t Crazy
    Martin O’Malley’s Link Between Climate Change and ISIS Isn’t Crazy Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    It’s the dog days of summer for U.S. presidential candidates, when Donald Trump is dominating the airwaves and candidates who seem to be losing their purchase at the polls are doing whatever they can to capture some attention—whether that’s taking a chainsaw to the tax code, like Rand Paul, or claiming there’s a connection between ISIS and climate change, like Martin O’Malley. “One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation-state of Syria and the rise of ISIS was the effect of climate change and the mega-drought that affected that region, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis that created the symptoms—or rather, the conditions—of extreme poverty that has led now to the rise of ISIL and this extreme violence,” the Democratic candidate told Bloomberg on Monday. More »

  • Puerto Rico extends water rationing measures amid drought Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government says it will extend water rationing measures to the island's southern region amid a worsening drought. More »

  • Dry California shows it's serious about enforcing water cuts
    Dry California shows it's serious about enforcing water cuts Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    California drought regulators sent the strongest signal yet that they're serious about cracking down on water waste by proposing a first-of-its kind, $1.5 million fine against a group of farmers they say ... More »

  • California proposes historic $1.5M fine for taking water
    California proposes historic $1.5M fine for taking water Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Monday proposed a first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for a group of Central Valley farmers accused of illegally taking water during the drought. More »

  • Drought dings quality of winter wheat in Northwest
    Drought dings quality of winter wheat in Northwest Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Intense drought conditions have shrunk the kernels and disrupted the proteins of winter wheat crops in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the region that produces a fifth of the U.S. harvest. The National ... More »

  • California board proposes first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for water-taking … Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    California board proposes first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for water-taking in drought. More »

  • MGM Resorts tells drought panel it's saved 2 billion gallons
    MGM Resorts tells drought panel it's saved 2 billion gallons Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Sin City may look like a lush water-waster as the state endures its fourth year of a severe drought, but casino-resorts say their fountains and greenery are well-crafted illusions. The vice president of ... More »

  • MGM Resorts tells drought panel billions of gallons saved Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Sin City may look like a lush water-waster as the state endures its fourth year of a severe drought, but a major casino-resort company says its fountains and greenery are well-crafted illusions. MGM Resorts ... More »

  • California flexes muscles in water tussle with farmers
    California flexes muscles in water tussle with farmers Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators flexed their muscles by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the state has to protect waterways that are drying up in the drought. More »

  • House passes another bill to stem California drought
    House passes another bill to stem California drought Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed GOP-led legislation designed to bring more water to California's farm belt amid a severe and lengthy drought. More »

  • State softens approach to curtailing water use in drought Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — State water officials on Wednesday softened their approach to telling thousands of California farmers to stop pumping from rivers to irrigate crops during the drought but warned that stiff penalties still await anybody who takes water they don't have a right to use. More »

  • Thai farmers told to wait for rain, save water for public Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister on Wednesday told farmers to stop using water in agriculture to save it for public consumption, as the capital remained spared from the worst drought in decades. More »

  • It's Raining Spiders! Weirdest Effects of California Drought
    It's Raining Spiders! Weirdest Effects of California Drought Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Brown lawns, fallow fields and higher water bills are all the predictable outcomes of the California drought. The Golden State is in the midst of its driest period on record. From pipe-eating poop to more roadkill, here are some of the strangest results of the California drought. More »

  • Thai farmers struggle through crippling drought
    Thai farmers struggle through crippling drought Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Thai farmers are seeing their livelihoods deteriorate in the face of drought weather and failing crops. More »

  • Actor Tom Selleck Settles Water Theft Lawsuit
    Actor Tom Selleck Settles Water Theft Lawsuit Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Tom Selleck has reached a tentative settlement with the California water district which sued him for allegedly stealing truckloads of water from a public hydrant during a record drought. The Magnum PI star is accused of pilfering the water to help keep his 60-acre California ranch and avocado farm looking lush in the midst of a water shortage. More »

  • Beachgoers face sandy summer as California shuts off showers
    Beachgoers face sandy summer as California shuts off showers Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The outdoor showers at beaches across drought-stricken California will be shut off to save water, so surfers and sunbathers will have to get creative this summer when it comes time to shake off the sand. More »

  • Deal to resolve Tom Selleck water row in California
    Deal to resolve Tom Selleck water row in California Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    US actor Tom Selleck has struck a "tentative" deal to resolve allegations he stole water from local authorities in drought-stricken California, an official said Friday. More »

  • Tom Selleck, water district reach tentative settlement
    Tom Selleck, water district reach tentative settlement Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tom Selleck reached a tentative settlement Thursday in a lawsuit that claims he stole truckloads of water from a public hydrant and took it to his ranch in drought-stricken California. More »

  • Wildfires could spread in western Canada due to weather
    Wildfires could spread in western Canada due to weather Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — Drought conditions and shifting winds in Saskatchewan could lead to more wildfires as soldiers and firefighters battle blazes raging across western Canada, officials said Thursday. More »

  • Southern California water district halts turf rebate program Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A program that pays homeowners and businesses to replace lawns with drought-friendly landscaping has proven so popular that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is halting new applications. More »

  • Tom Selleck in hot water... for stealing water? Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    In drought-stricken California, not even celebrities can get away with hoarding water. The Calleguas Municipal Water District has filed a complaint against veteran actor Tom Selleck and his wife, Jillie, for allegedly trucking water from a public hydrant in Thousand Oaks, Calif., to his 60-acre ranch near Los Angeles about a dozen times since 2013. Calleguas says Mr. Selleck is prohibited from using water from the hydrant because his property is located in a different public water district, the Los Angeles Times reported. More »

  • Desalination plants key to Perth water security
    Desalination plants key to Perth water security Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Constant drought risk has pushed the dry city of Western Australia to become a world leader in water management. More »

  • South Korea central bank cuts growth forecast
    South Korea central bank cuts growth forecast Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    South Korea's central bank cut its economic growth forecast Thursday, citing a severe drought and the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome. Bank of Korea governor Lee Ju-yeol said that South Korea's ... More »

  • Magnum PI Tom Selleck Accused Of Water Theft
    Magnum PI Tom Selleck Accused Of Water Theft Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Actor Tom Selleck has been accused of stealing truckloads of water from a public hydrant to help keep his 60-acre California ranch and avocado farm looking lush amid record drought. Private investigators tracked a tanker truck pilfering water from a hydrant and hauling it to the Magnum PI star's property in Westlake Village, according to a court complaint. Residents in drought-stricken Southern California have been ordered to cut water use by 25% amid a four-year dry spell. More »

  • Stress from heat, drought on fish spurs push to reduce kills
    Stress from heat, drought on fish spurs push to reduce kills Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Drought and record hot weather are producing lethal conditions for salmon and trout in rivers across the West. More »

  • Jamaica to reduce amount of water lost to leaks, theft Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — As a regional drought worsens, Jamaica's water commission on Wednesday signed a $42.5 million contract with an Israeli company aimed at slashing the large amount of drinking water that's wasted each day. More »

  • California drought leads to mass tree felling across Los Angeles
    California drought leads to mass tree felling across Los Angeles Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    City officials in Los Angeles have said they don't have enough water to irrigate all the trees in the city, so they are cutting down roughly 14,000 of those that are dead or dying from drought. According to Kirsten Fisher, an assistant professor of biology at California State University in Los Angeles, there are numerous consequences that tree removal may have on local ecosystems and on park visitors. More »

  • Ale no! Brewery Strike May Leave Venezuela With No Beer
    Ale no! Brewery Strike May Leave Venezuela With No Beer Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Venezuela is facing a serious beer drought after workers at the country’s flagship brewer went on strike. More »

  • Ale no! Brewery strike threatens to leave Venezuela with a national beer dr …
    Ale no! Brewery strike threatens to leave Venezuela with a national beer dr … Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Venezuela is facing a serious beer drought after workers at the country’s flagship brewer went on strike. Beer is the latest shortage to hit Venezuela. It’s because Venezuela has tight controls on basic goods to make sure the poorer elements of society can afford them. More »