Indoor Farming Is a ‘No-Brainer.’ Except for the Carbon Footprint.

Why greenhouses might be the future of vegetable agriculture.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drought, #europe, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #north-america, #vegetables, #water

Hunger in Somalia

The drought in the country has a lesson: We know how to ease human suffering. We need to do it.

#drought, #famine, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #somalia

‘We Buried Him and Kept Walking’: Children Die as Somalis Flee Hunger

The worst drought in four decades, and a sharp rise in food prices caused by the war in Ukraine, have left almost half of Somalia’s people facing acute food shortages.

#africa, #drought, #ethiopia, #food-insecurity, #kenya, #malnutrition, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #somalia

As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces An ‘Environmental Nuclear Bomb’

Climate change and rapid population growth are shrinking the lake, creating a bowl of toxic dust that could poison the air around Salt Lake City.

#arsenic, #conservation-of-resources, #drought, #global-warming, #great-salt-lake-utah, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #population, #salt-lake-city-utah, #water, #wind

California Takes Steps to Force Residents to Heed Water Restrictions

One district has gotten tough with residents who repeatedly flout the rules: Their taps have been slowed to trickle.

#california, #drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #new-mexico, #water, #wildfires

Somalia Elects Next President, but Terrorists Hold True Power

The militants of Al Shabab collect taxes, decide court cases and control the streets. Somalis ask, will a new government even matter?

#drought, #elections, #gedo-somalia, #larry-e-andre-jr, #mohamed-mohamed-abdullahi, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism

To Save Water Amid a Megadrought, Las Vegas Outlaws Grass

With drought and growth taking a toll on the Colorado River, the source of 90 percent of the region’s water, a new law mandates the removal of turf, patch by patch.

#drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #irrigation, #landscaping, #las-vegas-nev, #lawns, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #water

Colorado River Reservoirs Are So Low, Government Is Delaying Releases

The anticipated decision will keep more water in Lake Powell on the Arizona-Utah border, instead of releasing it downstream to Lake Mead. Both reservoirs are at their lowest points.

#bureau-of-reclamation, #colorado-river, #drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydroelectric-power, #lake-mead, #lake-powell-utah-ariz

Body From 1980s Homicide Is Found in Barrel at Lake Mead

“It’s really odd in the sense that had the lake never receded, we would never have discovered the body,” a police lieutenant in Las Vegas said, adding that it could also lead to the discovery of other bodies.

#drought, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-park-service, #police-department-las-vegas-nev

City Living, With Less Water

Los Angeles and Santiago are two of the latest cities to impose strict water restrictions in an effort to avoid disastrous shortages in the future.

#california, #drought, #global-warming, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #metropolitan-water-district-of-southern-california, #santiago-chile, #water

Even the Cactus May Not Be Safe From Climate Change

More than half of species could face greater extinction risk by midcentury, a new study found, as rising heat and dryness test the prickly plants’ limits.

#amazon-river-basin, #atlantic-forest-brazil, #biodiversity, #brazil, #cacti-plants, #drought, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nature-journal, #sonoran-desert, #southwestern-states-us, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Fire Chief Killed While Responding to Nebraska Wildfire

Chief Darren Krull of the Elwood Volunteer Fire Department died in a car crash during a fire that has scorched some 30,000 acres in two days.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drought, #fires-and-firefighters, #national-weather-service, #nebraska, #ricketts-john-peter, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states, #weather, #wildfires

It’s not just Glen Canyon—dams around the Southwest are taking a hit

Image of a dam with lots of exposed concrete above the water line.

Enlarge / Water levels at the Hoover Dam are well below capacity. (credit: Jorge Villalba)

News that Arizona’s Lake Powell is slowly but surely drying up has spread far and wide. The reservoir behind the 1,320-megawatt Glen Canyon Dam and power station, Lake Powell plays an important role in providing power for some 3 million customers in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

But this year, the reservoir has hit a historic low, thanks to ongoing drought conditions in the region that have been attributed, at least in part, to climate change. The dam may even stop producing power if the situation continues to worsen, and this issue is not an isolated one in the American Southwest.

The Colorado River, an important source for many dams and power plants in the region, has been wracked by drought for the past 22 years—some research even suggests that it is subject to the worst drought the area has seen in 1,200 years. Further, according to the US Drought Monitor, as of March 29, 88.75 percent of the Western US has been experiencing a moderate drought or worse. According to staff members at the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), other dams in this be-droughted part of the country are seeing similar effects—though the officials also noted that each case is different.

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#california, #california-drought, #climate, #drought, #hydroelectric-power, #lake-mead, #lake-powell, #nevada, #new-mexico, #science, #southwestern-united-states, #united-states, #utah

California’s Drought Is Worse Than We Thought

Our tools for managing water in the West are growing more inaccurate.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #california, #drought, #global-warming, #national-weather-service, #rain, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #snow-and-snowstorms, #university-of-california-berkeley, #water, #western-states-us, #wildfires

War in Ukraine Compounds Hunger in East Africa

The conflict has driven up the cost of food in a region that depends heavily on crops from Russia and Ukraine and is facing what could be its worst drought in four decades.

#drought, #east-africa, #ethiopia, #food-aid, #food-insecurity, #kenya, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #somalia, #sudan, #tigray-ethiopia

Climate change is making armed conflict worse. Here’s how.

Warming is “unambiguously worsening” conditions that contribute to clashes and deepen the pain for civilians, a new study says.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #tennessee-valley-authority, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #water

NOAA Expects Drought Conditions to Persist Through the Spring

Winter precipitation amounts were not enough to significantly improve conditions in much of the country, government scientists said.

#drought, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #wildfires

5 Takeaways From the U.N. Report on Climate Hazards

Global warming is affecting every part of the planet. Humans should have started preparing yesterday.

#africa, #coral, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #united-nations, #wildfires

Conflict and Climate Change Ravage Syria’s Agricultural Heartland

Drought and a decade of war have brought failing crops and poverty to a region once known as Syria’s breadbasket. Even the bread has changed.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drought, #hasaka-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #rivers, #save-the-children, #syria, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #water, #wheat

Expecting the Western Drought to End Soon? Not Likely, Forecasters Say.

Despite some wet weather last fall, warm and dry conditions have settled in and are expected to continue through spring and beyond, according to a new assessment.

#drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #la-nina, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #weather, #western-states-us, #wildfires

The US Southwest is hitting megadrought status

Image of a body of water between cliffs, with part of the cliff appearing white.

Enlarge / The white areas on the walls near Lake Mead provide an indication of how much its waters have dropped. (credit: Lingqi Xie)

About half of the contiguous US is currently experiencing moderate to extreme drought—including almost all of the West. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, as widely pervasive drought has been present for quite a while now in this region, where major reservoirs like Lake Powell and Lake Mead are hovering around all-time low-water levels. But how does this ongoing drought compare to the past? After all, the region is no stranger to dry stretches.

A 2020 paper examined the 2000-2018 data in the context of a tree ring reconstruction going back to the year 800 and stretching from Southern California to Wyoming. That team found that this was likely the second-driest period in the record, beat out only by a megadrought in the late 1500s.

At the time, the paper’s authors guessed that good precipitation in 2019 would be enough to end the extended drought. But instead, a particularly wicked 2021 kept the drought alive. As a result, three of those researchers—UCLA’s Park Williams and NASA’s Benjamin Cook and Jason Smerdon—decided to update the numbers through 2021.

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#climate-change, #drought, #science, #tree-rings

How Bad Is the Western Drought? Worst in 12 Centuries, Study Finds

Fueled by climate change, the drought that started in 2000 is now the driest two decades since 800 A.D.

#drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nature-climate-change-journal, #research, #western-states-us

The Benefits of Bickering in Marriage

A relationship is a shared story, even if it’s hard to agree on the details.

#drought, #floods, #love-emotion, #marriages

This Vast Wildfire Lab Is Helping Foresters Prepare for a Hotter Planet

When the Bootleg fire tore through a nature reserve in Oregon this summer, the destruction varied in different areas. Researchers say forest management methods, including controlled burns, were a big factor.

#bootleg-fire, #drought, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nature-conservancy, #oregon, #wildfires

India’s Modi Brings Tap Water to Millions as Supplies Shrink

The ambitious project to meet a dire need shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strengths and helps explain his popularity despite a weakened economy.

#conservation-of-resources, #drought, #india, #levees-and-dams, #madhya-pradesh-india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #shortages, #water, #water-pollution, #wells

Heavy Rain and Snow Are Expected Over Much of California

The state was blanketed by a variety of weather warnings, with more than five feet of snow predicted for parts of the Sierra Nevada.

#california, #drought, #floods, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #national-weather-service, #rain, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather

Why Times Opinion Is Sounding the Climate Change Alarm

The climate crisis is now.

#drought, #earth, #environment, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #wildfires

First Fires, Then Floods: Climate Extremes Batter Australia

Many of the same areas that suffered through horrific bush fires in 2019 and 2020 are now dealing with prodigious rainfall that could leave some people stranded for weeks.

#australia, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #floods, #global-warming, #la-nina, #weather

A Slow-Motion Climate Disaster: The Spread of Barren Land

Brazil’s northeast, long a victim of droughts, is now effectively turning into a desert. The cause? Climate change and the landowners who are most affected.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #clay, #deserts, #drought, #weather

Climate Change Not a Driver of Madagascar Drought, Analysis Finds

Scientists said the island’s severe dry spell was in line with natural rainfall variability, but the region should still try to bolster its response to dry conditions.

#africa, #drought, #global-warming, #indian-ocean, #international-federation-of-red-cross-and-red-crescent-societies, #madagascar, #rain, #research, #university-of-cape-town, #world-food-program, #world-weather-attribution

Coffee and Climate Have a Complicated Relationship

Your morning cup may depend on solving issues with a crop that both contributes to and is deeply affected by the changing climate.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coffee, #drought, #gardens-and-gardening, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions

For Climate Change, Biden’s $3.5 Billion Plan Isn’t Big Enough

What we don’t spend now to deal with climate change will cost us much more later.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-dioxide, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gross-domestic-product, #heat-and-heat-waves, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #manchin-joe-iii, #union-of-concerned-scientists, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather

Yosemite Falls Surges After West Coast Storms Bring Needed Rainfall

More than six inches of rain fell over Yosemite National Park in central California over a 36-hour period, causing the waterfall to surge after a dry summer.

#california, #drought, #rain, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #weather, #yosemite-national-park-calif

After Fires and Droughts, California Prepares for Heavy Rain

A storm is expected to drop up to 10 inches of rain in Northern California. The region is in desperate need of water, but the rain is likely to bring dangerous mudslides and flash floods.

#california, #drought, #fires-and-firefighters, #floods, #national-weather-service

La Niña Weather Pattern Likely to Prolong Western Drought, NOAA Says

The climate pattern may also bring some relief to Northern California and the Pacific Northwest this winter.

#drought, #el-nino-southern-oscillation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #southwestern-states-us

As Drought Conditions Worsen, California Expands State of Emergency

Gov. Gavin Newsom said it was critical for residents to step up their water-saving efforts as the state ends its second-driest year on record.

#california, #conservation-of-resources, #drought, #newsom-gavin, #weather

Has Climate Change Cut Us Off From the Wilderness in California?

In California, there is no escape from global warming for many of the species affected and none for the species causing the problem.

#california, #conservation-of-resources, #drought, #forest-service, #global-warming, #kings-canyon-national-park-calif, #muir-john, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #pacific-crest-trail, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #wilderness-areas, #wildfires

How San Diego Has Water Despite a Punishing Drought

Sustainability measures that the city and county have taken over decades are paying off. But residents still might have to do more.

#agriculture-and-farming, #conservation-of-resources, #drought, #infrastructure-public-works, #newsom-gavin, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #reservoirs, #san-diego-county-calif, #water

U.K. Agency Issues Climate Change Warning Before U.N. Summit

With more extreme weather events expected to bring floods and droughts, the body urged world leaders to focus on mitigating the effects of global warming.

#drought, #floods, #global-warming, #great-britain, #politics-and-government, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

Kyrsten Sinema Wants to Cut $100 Billion in Proposed Climate Funds, Sources Say

The Arizona senator, who started in politics as an environmentalist, is one of two centrist Democrats who could make or break a spending bill at the center of President Biden’s legislative agenda.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #arizona, #democratic-party, #drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #manchin-joe-iii, #markey-edward-j, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

Arizona’s Megadrought Tests the Hopi Tribe’s Resilience

The tribe has survived for more than a thousand years in the arid mesas. The megadrought gripping the Southwest is testing that resilience.

#agriculture-and-farming, #arizona, #cattle, #drought, #irrigation, #native-americans, #ranches, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #water

California’s Wildfires Had an Invisible Impact: High Carbon Dioxide Emissions

From June to August, the blazes emitted far more planet-warming carbon dioxide than in any other summer in nearly two decades, satellite data shows.

#arctic-regions, #california, #carbon-dioxide, #drought, #european-center-for-medium-range-weather-forecasts, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #siberia, #wildfires

Climate Scientists Forecast High Temperatures Into the Fall

The Western drought will likely expand eastward, spreading to nearly all of Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

#drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #weather

California’s Farms Face a Reckoning

Eighty percent of the water used by people in California goes to just 0.8 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #drought, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #internal-sub-only, #irrigation, #rain, #social-security-us, #water

An Economic Lifeline in South America, the Paraná River, Is Shriveling

The continent’s second-largest river is drying up amid the biggest drought in 70 years, upending ecosystems, trade and livelihoods.

#argentina, #drought, #global-warming, #rivers, #ships-and-shipping, #water

When Heat Waves, Wildfires and Drought Grip Oregon and Washington

As drought, record heat and wildfire smoke seize the Pacific Northwest, farm owners and fieldworkers struggle to adapt. Sometimes the response feels improvised or inadequate.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drought, #heat-and-heat-waves, #medford-ore, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #weather, #wildfires

After a Summer of Disasters, Some Lawmakers See a Chance for Climate Action

Congress is considering bills to help communities prepare for extreme weather and to cut the greenhouse gases that are driving climate change. But passage is not assured.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #deaths-fatalities, #democratic-party, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #federal-budget-us, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heat-and-heat-waves, #hurricane-ida-2021, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #new-york-city, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather, #wildfires

A New Breed of Crisis: War and Warming Collide in Afghanistan

Unrest and climate change are creating an agonizing feedback loop that punishes some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #humanitarian-aid, #politics-and-government, #poppies, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Large Wildfire in Minnesota Imperils Homes, Fouls Air in Region

The Greenwood fire in the Superior National Forest has burned about 25,000 acres near the Canadian border since Aug. 15.

#drought, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #minnesota, #national-weather-service, #wildfires

‘The Worst Thing I Can Ever Remember’: How Drought Is Crushing Ranchers

North Dakotans can’t grow enough feed for their cattle, so they’re selling off the animals before they starve.

#agriculture-and-farming, #auctions, #cattle, #corn, #drought, #global-warming, #livestock, #north-dakota, #ranches