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  • 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 »

  • Rio's Carnival kicks off; city gears up for 5 days of fun
    Rio's Carnival kicks off; city gears up for 5 days of fun Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The five days of over-the-top parades and raucous, alcohol-soaked street parties that make up Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Carnival celebrations kicked off Friday amid a recent avalanche of bad news, including more evidence of Brazil's stalling economy, an ongoing drought and a snowballing corruption scandal at state-run oil giant Petrobras. More »

  • Family-owned California ski resorts struggle from drought
    Family-owned California ski resorts struggle from drought Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — With California entering its fourth drought year, even some big resorts with millions of dollars in modern snow-making equipment don't have all their lifts running. More »

  • Worst Megadroughts in 1,000 Years Threaten US
    Worst Megadroughts in 1,000 Years Threaten US Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Before this century ends, the Southwest and Central Plains states are likely to shrivel under a decades-long megadrought worse than those that ended the Ancestral Pueblo civilization in the last millennia, a new study finds. Based on tree-ring records, scientists know that severe droughts coincided with the collapse of the Ancestral Pueblo culture. After analyzing climate models that include historical records and looking at drought trends revealed in tree rings over the last 1,000 years, scientists predict a strong possibility of megadroughts before 2100 in the Southwest and Central Plains. There is an 85 percent chance of a drought lasting 35 years or more between 2050 and 2100, said study co-author Toby Ault, a climate scientist at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. More »

  • Brazilians hoard water and prepare for possible drastic rationing
    Brazilians hoard water and prepare for possible drastic rationing Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Brazilians are hoarding water in their apartments, collecting rain water and taking other emergency measures to prepare for forced rationing that appears likely and could leave taps dry for up to five days a week because of a drought. In Sao Paulo, the country's largest city with a metropolitan area of 20 million people, the main reservoir is at just 6% of capacity with the peak of the rainy season now past. Other cities in Brazil's heavily populated southeast, such as Rio de Janeiro, face less dire shortages but could also see rationing. Uncertainty over the drought and its consequences on jobs, public health and overall quality of life have further darkened Brazilians' mood at a time when the economy is struggling and President Dilma Rousseff's popularity is at an all-time low. More »

  • Residents return to California towns charred by wildfire
    Residents return to California towns charred by wildfire Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    SWALL MEADOWS, Calif. (AP) — More than 200 residents of two communities ravaged by a wildfire along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada were allowed to return home Monday to an area that could see more wildfires as the state enters its fourth year of drought. More »

  • Growing support for rationing in drought-hit Brazil
    Growing support for rationing in drought-hit Brazil Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    A majority of Brazilians support water and energy rationing, as the country faces its worst drought in decades, an opinion poll showed Monday. More »

  • Captain's conundrum: Is India over-cooked on or just right?
    Captain's conundrum: Is India over-cooked on or just right? Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Mahendra Singh Dhoni knows his tired team will have to break its drought in Australia very quickly if India is to have any chance of retaining the World Cup title. More »

  • Federal government to boost drought funding by $50 million
    Federal government to boost drought funding by $50 million Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government is making available up to $50 million in drought-relief funds for western states, with the largest portion earmarked for parched California, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday. More »

  • Sky River to Bust Northern California Drought This Week
    Sky River to Bust Northern California Drought This Week Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    California forecasters are prepping the state's northern cities for a switch from extreme drought to drenching rain and damaging winds starting tomorrow (Feb. 5). An incoming atmospheric river could deliver at least 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain in coastal and inland mountains, and 5 inches (13 cm) in valley areas, according to the National Weather Service. Atmospheric rivers are narrow currents of warm, moist air that transport huge amounts of water vapor from the tropics toward cooler latitudes. The storm arriving Thursday will be one of the most closely watched atmospheric rivers in history, as scientists plan to study the weather pattern from the ocean, in the air and on land. More »

  • Californians use 22 percent less water, but more cuts loom
    Californians use 22 percent less water, but more cuts loom Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — December's rains enabled Californians to finally meet Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction in monthly water consumption, but more restrictions loom as the state adapts to long-term drought conditions. More »

  • 650-Year Drought Triggered Ancient City's Abandonment
    650-Year Drought Triggered Ancient City's Abandonment Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Scientists have long debated whether it was drought or cultural forces that led to the abandonment of Cantona, a once-fortified city located just east of modern-day Mexico City. In its heyday, about 90,000 people lived in Cantona, which is located in a dry volcanic basin. More »

  • Brazil's biggest city may cut water service to 2 days a week
    Brazil's biggest city may cut water service to 2 days a week Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The worst drought to hit Brazil's biggest city in decades may leave residents with water service only two days a week. More »

  • Sao Paulo warns of severe water rationing
    Sao Paulo warns of severe water rationing Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Authorities in Sao Paulo, Brazil's richest state and economic hub, have warned they are considering severe water rationing if the country's worst drought in 80 years continues. More »

  • NASA Launching Satellite Thursday to Track Earth's Dirt from Space
    NASA Launching Satellite Thursday to Track Earth's Dirt from Space Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    NASA's next Earth-observing satellite is ready to launch Thursday (Jan. 29), and it could vastly improve the way scientists monitor droughts around the world. The space agency's Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite (SMAP) is scheduled to launch from California's Vandenberg Air Force base atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket at 9:20 a.m. EST (1420 GMT) on Jan. 29, and at the moment, weather is looking good ahead of liftoff. The SMAP satellite is designed to measure the moisture of Earth's dirt more accurately than ever before, according to NASA. This measurement is important because it can help scientists create more accurate weather models, learn more about drought conditions and even predict floods, NASA officials have said. More »

  • Experts say prices and demand for beef to remain high Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    High beef prices are here to stay for a while, as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation's cattle supply to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years, according ... More »

  • Brazil official: No water rationing in Rio before July Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Water rationing in drought-struck Rio de Janeiro won't begin before July, even if rains fail to materialize during the current rainy season, the state's top environmental official pledged on Friday. More »

  • Drought sees Rio's main hydro plant turned off
    Drought sees Rio's main hydro plant turned off Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    A major Rio hydroelectric power plant was switched off after water levels slipped below an operational minimum following severe drought, Brazil's national grid told AFP on Thursday. More »

  • Biggest reservoir for Brazil's largest city is running dry
    Biggest reservoir for Brazil's largest city is running dry Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Halfway through the rainy season, the key reservoir for the hemisphere's largest city holds just 6 percent of its capacity, and experts warned Friday that Sao Paulo authorities must take urgent steps to prevent the worst drought in more than 80 years from drying it out. More »

  • Carlo Janka wins World Cup super-combined event
    Carlo Janka wins World Cup super-combined event Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) — Ending a dispiriting four-year victory drought, Carlo Janka won a World Cup super-combined event Friday in front of his home Swiss crowd. More »

  • Forecasts show drought continuing in California, Southwest
    Forecasts show drought continuing in California, Southwest Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal agencies released a pair of forecasts showing dry conditions will persist in parts of the drought-stricken West, suggesting there won't be enough snow to boost water supplies. More »

  • Farmers in dry California decry water decision favoring fish
    Farmers in dry California decry water decision favoring fish Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    California farmers struggling with drought say a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued Monday that keeps strict water restrictions in place to protect a tiny, threatened fish has forced them to leave thousands ... More »

  • Drought-Tracking Satellite to Blast Off This Month
    Drought-Tracking Satellite to Blast Off This Month Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    A new satellite expected to launch this month will improve drought monitoring in the United States and around the world, NASA scientists said Thursday (Jan. 8). The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite will provide the best maps yet of soil moisture levels from pole to pole, mission scientists said. "I think the next couple of years are going to be very exciting for Earth science," Dara Entekhabi, SMAP science team lead and an environmental engineer at MIT, said Thursday during a NASA media briefing. Data from the satellite will track global soil moisture levels for the top 2 inches (5 centimeters) of Earth's surface every two to three days. More »

  • Brazil drought brews trouble for coffee market
    Brazil drought brews trouble for coffee market Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    A historic drought affected Brazil's coffee harvest in Brazil in 2014 and the consequences will carry on into this year, likely pushing arabica prices even higher More »

  • Iran look to address Asian Cup drought
    Iran look to address Asian Cup drought Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Asia's top-ranked team Iran will set out to end a four-decade Asian Cup drought when they take on Bahrain in Melbourne on Sunday. More »

  • Lake Erie Dead Zone: Don't Blame the Slime!
    Lake Erie Dead Zone: Don't Blame the Slime! Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    Lake Erie's ecological calamities occur under different conditions, a new study finds. The lake's central dead zones are most strongly linked to drought years, when rivers that bring water into the lake run lower, researchers reported today (Jan. 6) in the journal Environmental Science & Toxicology. Conversely, the toxic algae blooms in west Lake Erie algae form more readily during wet years, and especially when intense spring storms wash fertilizer from farms into the lake. Last year, dangerous levels of one algal toxin shut down the drinking water supply of the city of Toledo, Ohio, for three days in August 2014. More »

  • Californians improve slightly on water-saving efforts Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians did slightly better in November on conserving water during the drought, figures released Tuesday show. More »

  • Citing drought, California town rushes water plant Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    California's drought declaration has triggered only local limits such as restrictions on washing cars or watering lawns for most communities, but one Pacific Coast tourist town has seized it as an opportunity ... More »

  • California Droughts Could Have Dangerous Ripple Effects Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Epic droughts like the one gripping California for three years now may become more frequent in the future due to climate change, according to new research. This will not only strain the drinking-water supplies for California's 38 million people, but will also induce a cascade of other hazards — including fires, floods and poor water quality — as populations continue to grow statewide, scientists say. Despite heavy rains this month, 78 percent of California is still experiencing either exceptional or extreme drought, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. About one-third of California's water comes from snowmelt in the Sierra Nevada mountains, which stretch through the eastern part of the state for nearly 400 miles (644 kilometers). More »

  • California snow survey shows higher snowpack
    California snow survey shows higher snowpack Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    ECHO SUMMIT, Calif. (AP) — The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought. More »

  • Rains fuel California mushroom boom
    Rains fuel California mushroom boom Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    Recent heavy rains have brought a mushroom boom to parts of California. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat (http://bit.ly/14awdeP ) reports that lands parched by a three-year drought just a few months ago are ... More »

  • Rains fuel Northern California mushroom boom Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    Recent heavy rains have brought a mushroom boom to parts of Northern California. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat (http://bit.ly/14awdeP ) reports that lands parched by a three-year drought just a few months ... More »