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  • $1 billion water spending plan heads to California governor
    $1 billion water spending plan heads to California governor Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation. More »

  • Snow Melting 16 Days Earlier in Wyoming Mountains Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The spring snowmelt now comes more than two weeks earlier than it did in the 1970s in Wyoming's Wind River Range, a new study finds. Several independent studies have found the spring snowmelt starts up to 20 days earlier in the West than in the past because there's less snow falling each winter and warmer spring weather means the snow that does fall melts earlier. The double whammy is hurting water resources in states, such as Wyoming, that rely on snowmelt. "Earlier snowmelt impacts the water resources of most of the state of Wyoming, which has been undergoing a drought since 1999," Dorothy Hall, lead author of the study and a senior research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement. More »

  • Record breaking US winter sees resorts close early
    Record breaking US winter sees resorts close early Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Drought and lack of snow hits tourist industry and production of hydroelectricity in California. More »

  • Chile wildfires damage unique flora, fauna
    Chile wildfires damage unique flora, fauna Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Massive wildfires raging in drought-stricken southern Chile have wiped out hundreds of plant species, and are now threatening animal life as well, officials warned. More »

  • The Economics of California's Drought
    The Economics of California's Drought Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    As the U.S. Northeast emerges from yet another snowstorm, California has just concluded its hottest winter ever, registering average temperatures 4.4 degrees warmer than the state's 20th-century average. Earlier this month, the title of a Los Angeles Times op-ed published by Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor at UC Irvine, got right to the point: California would run out of water in a year. This headline—as Famiglietti himself pointed out—isn't exactly accurate: The one-year limit pertains only to California's reservoirs, which account for only part of the state's water supply. Last week, Governor Jerry Brown announced a $1 billion plan to aid communities most affected by the drought, and imposed restrictions on some aspects of personal use. More »

  • California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought
    California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state's energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze — not the usual pristine white ... More »

  • No tornadoes reported anywhere across US in March
    No tornadoes reported anywhere across US in March Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — With only about two-dozen twisters recorded so far this year during a period when 100 or more are typical, the U.S. appears to be in a tornado drought as cool, stable air prevents the ingredients of the violent storms from coming together, meteorologists said Friday. More »

  • California: Governor Jerry Brown announces $1bn drought package
    California: Governor Jerry Brown announces $1bn drought package Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    California Governor Jerry Brown and top lawmakers on 19 March announced a $1bn (£680m) emergency package to deal with the state's devastating multi-year drought. The proposed legislation would appropriate more than $1bn in voter-approved bond funds to speed up water projects and programmes and provide aid to struggling California cities and communities. More »

  • California governor proposes $1 billion in drought spending
    California governor proposes $1 billion in drought spending Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California copes with a fourth straight year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in water spending and urged residents to do their part to conserve. More »

  • Legislative staffer: California governor, lawmakers to propose $1B in drought … Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legislative staffer: California governor, lawmakers to propose $1B in drought relief spending. More »

  • California's new water restrictions: If drought lingers, are they enoug … Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    After a NASA scientist declared that California reservoirs would be out of water within the year, policymakers sent an urgent message about the state’s prolonged drought: time to get serious about water, how we use it and where we get it. More »

  • Sugar Bowl suspends skiing as drought takes toll Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Yet another Northern California ski resort is closing early due to a lack of snow amid the state's historic drought. More »

  • A look at California's emergency drought water restrictions
    A look at California's emergency drought water restrictions Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Amid a historic drought, the California State Water Resources Control Board voted Tuesday to extend and expand restrictions on water use. More »

  • Drought-stricken California ramps up water restrictions
    Drought-stricken California ramps up water restrictions Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    California residents have to turn off their sprinklers, and restaurants won't give customers water unless they ask under new drought regulations approved Tuesday. The State Water Resources Control Board ... More »

  • Another year of water restrictions likely in dry California
    Another year of water restrictions likely in dry California Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Californians won't be able to water their lawns more than twice a week under tougher drought regulations that are expected to be approved Tuesday as the state heads into a fourth particularly dry year. ... More »

  • El Niño Can Predict Tornado Season's Severity
    El Niño Can Predict Tornado Season's Severity Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    This year's El Niño may not only bring a bit of drought relief to parched Western states, but also could deliver a quiet tornado season, a new study finds. Much of the southeastern United States faces a lower risk of tornadoes during El Niño years, the new research shows. The effects are strongest in Oklahoma, Arkansas and northern Texas. Damaging hail is also less likely during a strong El Niño, researchers report today (March 16) in the journal Nature Geoscience. More »

  • Bale ends scoring drought with brace as Madrid rebounds
    Bale ends scoring drought with brace as Madrid rebounds Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Gareth Bale struck a brace to end his scoring drought and Real Madrid's winless run with a 2-0 victory over Levante on Sunday, keeping his side a point behind Spanish leader Barcelona before the title rivals meet next week. More »

  • Chelsea frustrated as Saints make a point
    Chelsea frustrated as Saints make a point Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Diego Costa ended his seven-game drought but the Chelsea striker's 18th Premier League goal of the season was not enough to secure victory as the leaders were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. More »

  • Heavy rains don't end threat of water rationing in Brazil
    Heavy rains don't end threat of water rationing in Brazil Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Recent heavy rains have brought some relief to southeastern Brazil, which is suffering its worst drought in more than 80 years. But officials say there hasn't been enough to banish the threat of strict water rationing in South America's largest city. More »

  • Mourinho has sights set on joining elite in Champions League
    Mourinho has sights set on joining elite in Champions League Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — After winning the English League Cup to end a trophy drought of nearly three years, Jose Mourinho now has his sights set on joining Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley as the only managers to win the Champions League or European Cup three times. More »

  • El Nino finally here; but this 1 is weak, weird and late
    El Nino finally here; but this 1 is weak, weird and late Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A long anticipated El Nino has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it's too little, too late, meteorologists say. More »

  • California survey finds Sierra snowpack far below normal Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California received a double dose of bad drought news on Tuesday, with state officials saying the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is far below normal and that residents again aren't coming close to meeting Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent cut in water use. More »

  • Global Warming Brought on California's Severe Drought
    Global Warming Brought on California's Severe Drought Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    California's severe and ongoing drought is just a taste of the dry years to come, thanks to global warming, a new study finds. "California's warming trend is driving an increase in the risk of drought," said study co-author Daniel Swain, a doctoral student in climate science at Stanford University in California. "Warming in California has made it more probable that when a low precipitation year occurs, it occurs in warm conditions and is more likely to produce severe drought," said lead study author Noah Diffenbaugh, an associate professor in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford. More »

  • California officials to supply just 20 percent of water Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Water districts that serve 25 million Californians and vast farmland can expect to receive a fraction of the supplies sought from the state during the fourth year of the drought, officials announced Monday. ... More »

  • Syria's civil war linked partly to drought, global warming
    Syria's civil war linked partly to drought, global warming Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The conflict that has torn Syria apart can be traced, in part, to a record drought worsened by global warming, a new study says. More »

  • Drought linked to Syria civil war
    Drought linked to Syria civil war Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    A record breaking drought may have helped push Syria into all-out civil war, according to new research. More »

  • Heavy toll as Australian farmers struggle through drought
    Heavy toll as Australian farmers struggle through drought Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    On the road to Walgett a sign welcomes visitors: "Farming is not a way of life, it keeps everyone alive." But with drought taking a heavy toll on the region, farming has become a battle for survival. More »

  • Chelsea wins League Cup, EPL title hopes helped by City loss
    Chelsea wins League Cup, EPL title hopes helped by City loss Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The longest title drought of Jose Mourinho's managerial career ended, and the prospects of League Cup glory being followed by Premier League glory also improved on Sunday. More »

  • Worst avalanches in 30 years kill 92 in Afghanistan
    Worst avalanches in 30 years kill 92 in Afghanistan Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    More than 90 people have been killed in Afghanistan in some of the worst avalanches there for 30 years, officials said on 25 February, 2015, with heavy snow set to last for two more days after an unusually dry winter led to fears of drought. Despite bringing misery to so many people, the snow is vital for Afghanistan, where much of the rural population dependent on agriculture relies on snow melting in the mountains to sustain crops in the spring and summer. Irrigation is not extensive in Afghanistan, most of which is semi-arid, and aid efforts over the past decade or more have focused on trying to extend it, with mixed results. More »

  • Water thefts on the rise in drought-stricken California
    Water thefts on the rise in drought-stricken California Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities — water. In some ... More »

  • Colorado mountain snow is bright spot during drought in West Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Snowpack in the mountain valleys where the Colorado River originates was only a little below normal on Wednesday, marking one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim drought gripping much of the West. More »

  • Ronaldo on target as Real eye Champions League quarters
    Ronaldo on target as Real eye Champions League quarters Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Striker ends three-game goal drought in his side's last-16 first-leg win over Schalke; Porto held to a draw by FC Basel. More »

  • California weighs new drought rules at restaurants, hotels Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Officials are considering new water restrictions as California's drought drags on, possibly forcing residents to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels. The State Water ... More »

  • California drought cutbacks may include water at restaurants Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    California residents may have to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels as the drought drags on. These are among the new restrictions mulled by the State Water Resources ... More »

  • Climate change hampering world food production, say scientists
    Climate change hampering world food production, say scientists Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    A peasant looks for good corn during harvest of a drought-affected crop in La Tuna community in Madriz, 200 km from Managua, on November 17, 2014 More »