Aug 28, 2015

Water use plummets in drought-plagued California

Mandatory water-saving measures in place to fight California’s historic drought have produced a sizable drop in consumption over the past two months, regulators said Thursday. The measures have been far-reaching, and the state’s 38 million residents are only allowed to water their lawns on ...

Western U.S. wildfires going unchecked, stretching resources thin

Aug 18, 2015

Western U.S. wildfires going unchecked, stretching resources thin

Dozens of large wildfires roared largely unchecked across several Western states on Monday, stretching resources thin for agencies struggling to contain the flames amid a heat wave gripping the drought-parched region. Among the areas hardest hit was northern Idaho, where an elderly evacuee was ...

Aug 14, 2015

Cash pours in for water-saving shower head

A superefficient shower fixture that reduces water waste by 70 percent is gaining enthusiastic backing from some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, reaping some $1.38 million in just two days. The startup, Nebia, based in the drought-ravaged state of California, promises to revolutionize the ...

Aug 9, 2015

Drought causes Panama Canal to reduce cargo size

The Panama Canal will temporarily limit the cargo size of ships using the waterway due to a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, authorities said Friday. The Panama Canal Authority said the maximum ship draft will be cut to 11.89 meters (39 ...

Jul 17, 2015

Earth called 'gravely ill' after annual climate checkup

In their detailed annual physical of Earth’s climate, U.S. scientists say the world is in increasingly hot and rising water. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the American Meteorological Society’s annual state of the climate report, released Thursday, delves into the details ...

Jul 10, 2015

Spanish wildfires burn more than 15,000 hectares

Forest blazes in Spain have ravaged more than 15,000 hectares this week as the country chokes in a record heat wave at the start of its wildfire season, officials said Thursday. At least 10 major blazes have broken out around the country as temperatures ...

Jul 9, 2015

UNICEF warns of child deaths in North Korea drought

A serious drought in North Korea requires urgent action to prevent the deaths of children already weakened by widespread malnutrition, the U.N. children’s fund, UNICEF, warned Thursday. “The situation is urgent. But if we act now — by providing urgently needed expertise and pre-positioning ...

California farmers forced to use oil wells' wastewater

Jul 3, 2015

California farmers forced to use oil wells' wastewater

AFP-JIJI An efficient solution to a historic drought, or an environmentally risky pact with the devil? That is the question raised by California farmers who are irrigating their crops with wastewater supplied by oil companies, in an arrangement slammed as dangerous by environmental campaigners. ...

Jul 3, 2015

Rising number of local governments set targets to cut emissions

Twenty local governments, representing areas producing 5 percent of global climate-changing emissions, have committed to targets to cut those emissions, with the majority also setting goals for renewable energy, a platform uniting them said on Thursday. The Compact of States and Regions, launched last ...