Droughts

November 21, 2017 - 4:36 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Officials in Portugal say they may begin rationing the public water supply at night-time in response to the country's worst drought on record. Authorities say 94 percent of the Portuguese mainland is enduring what they classify as an "extreme" drought. Environment secretary...
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Sarah Boryszewski is helped by her father Gerald Peete as they dig for belongings in the remains of Boryszewski's home in Coffey Park, Friday Oct. 20, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif. Northern California residents who fled a wildfire in the dead of night with only minutes to spare returned to their neighborhoods Friday for the first time in nearly two weeks to see if anything was standing. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
October 23, 2017 - 10:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades. A Government Accountability...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2017 file photo, a worker carries red grapes in a burgundy vineyard during the grape harvest season, in Volnay, central France. The EU's Copa-Cogeca farm union announced Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 that spring hail and frost, combined with sustained drought during the summer, will force wine production down to 145 million hectoliters, a level not seen since 1981. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)
October 10, 2017 - 9:07 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Hail, frost and droughts have hit Europe's grape harvest hard, making it the smallest in 36 years. The quality of the wines, though, is expected to be excellent. The European Union's Copa-Cogeca farm union said Tuesday that the extreme weather means the harvest is expected to be...
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In this picture taken Sept. 4 2017, a tower stands nearly completely out of the water of the dam of the Vale do Gaio reservoir, near the village of Torrao, southern Portugal. A drought is tightening its grip on wide areas of Portugal. More than 80 percent of the country is officially classified as enduring "severe" or "extreme" drought conditions that are among the worst in more than 20 years. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
September 11, 2017 - 6:14 am
SANTA SUSANA, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's Pego do Altar reservoir looks like disused quarry now, its bare, exposed slopes rising up steeply on each side and shimmering in the sun as it holds barely 11 percent of the water it was designed for. The huge lake where people used to swim, boat and fish...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2017, file photo, the Eagle Creek wildfire burns on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks, Ore. An Oregon lawmaker has lashed out at restrictions on logging, blaming them for the intensity of wildfires plaguing much of the U.S. West. (Genna Martin /seattlepi.com via AP)
September 08, 2017 - 2:06 am
DENVER (AP) — Acrid yellow smoke clogs the skies of major Western U.S. cities, a human-caused fire in the Columbia River Gorge rains ash on Portland, Oregon, and a century-old backcountry chalet burns to the ground in Montana's Glacier National Park. Wildfires are chewing across dried-out Western...
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FILE--This Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, file photo provided by KATU-TV shows a wildfire as seen from near Stevenson Wash., across the Columbia River, burning in the Columbia River Gorge above Cascade Locks, Ore. The fast-moving wildfire chewing through Oregon's Columbia River Gorge is threatening more than homes and people. It's also devouring the heart of the state's nature-loving identity. (Tristan Fortsch/KATU-TV via AP, file)
September 08, 2017 - 12:14 am
DENVER (AP) — Acrid yellow smoke clogs the skies of major Western U.S. cities, a human-caused fire in the Columbia River Gorge rains ash on Portland, Oregon, and a century-old backcountry chalet burns to the ground in Montana's Glacier National Park. Wildfires are chewing across dried-out Western...
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FILE--This Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, file photo provided by KATU-TV shows a wildfire as seen from near Stevenson Wash., across the Columbia River, burning in the Columbia River Gorge above Cascade Locks, Ore. The fast-moving wildfire chewing through Oregon's Columbia River Gorge is threatening more than homes and people. It's also devouring the heart of the state's nature-loving identity. (Tristan Fortsch/KATU-TV via AP, file)
September 07, 2017 - 6:54 pm
DENVER (AP) — Acrid yellow smoke clogs the skies of major Western U.S. cities, a human-caused fire races down the Columbia River Gorge toward Portland, Oregon, and a century-old backcountry chalet burns to the ground in Montana's Glacier National Park. Wildfires are chewing across dried-out Western...
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A view of the Tiber river, whose level is particularly low due to an ongoing drought, on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Municipal water company ACEA announced Monday that they will reduce the water pressure at night in Rome and Fiumicino due to the ongoing drought. (Giorgio Onorati/ANSA via AP)
August 29, 2017 - 7:30 am
ROME (AP) — Rome's water utility is planning to reduce water pressure in factories and buildings across the capital in its latest effort to combat the effects of a nationwide drought that has parched reservoirs and wreaked havoc on Italian agriculture. Acea said the night-time reductions would...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2014 file photo, lightning strikes over Lake Mead near Hoover Dam at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. Federal water managers are due to release a crucial report Tuesday projecting whether Arizona and Nevada will face restrictions next year and in 2019 on drinking water supplies from the Lake Mead reservoir on the Colorado River. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 15, 2017 - 6:24 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Heavy winter snows in the Rocky Mountains have rescued the thirsty Western U.S. for another year. U.S. water managers said Tuesday there will be no water cutbacks in 2018 for millions of residents and farmers served by the Lake Mead reservoir on the Colorado River that lies behind...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2014 file photo, lightning strikes over Lake Mead near Hoover Dam at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. Federal water managers are due to release a crucial report Tuesday projecting whether Arizona and Nevada will face restrictions next year and in 2019 on drinking water supplies from the Lake Mead reservoir on the Colorado River. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 15, 2017 - 5:23 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Heavy winter snows in the Rocky Mountains have rescued the thirsty Western U.S. for another year. U.S. water managers said Tuesday there will be no water cutbacks in 2018 for millions of residents and farmers served by the Lake Mead reservoir on the Colorado River that lies behind...
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