Latest Droughts News

Ecuador rations electricity as drought persists in the northern Andes

Apr. 16, 2024 19:42 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador on Tuesday began to ration electricity in the country's main cities as a drought linked to the El Niño weather pattern depletes reservoirs and limits output at hydroelectric plants that produce about 75% of the nation’s power. The power cuts were...

Buffalo Sabres fire head coach Don Granato after extending playoff drought to 13th season

Apr. 16, 2024 17:40 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Seven months after general manager Kevyn Adams declared the Sabres’ competitive window of opportunity as being open, it slammed shut on coach Don Granato, who was fired on Tuesday. Expressing his frustration and impatience, Adams launched what now stands as...

Don't let it flow: Tourists to Spain's Catalonia may soon see water restrictions in the dry season

Apr. 16, 2024 12:04 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s drought-stricken northeastern Catalonia is considering imposing water restrictions on tourists in the driest parts of the region if domestic consumption is not curtailed, the Catalan government said Tuesday. The restriction of 100 liters (26...

Mexican authorities stop water extraction from reservoir that's home to upscale lakeside community

Apr. 09, 2024 21:43 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Struggling to deal with a severe drought, water authorities in central Mexico decided Tuesday to stop taking water from a rapidly emptying reservoir that is home to an upscale lakeside community. Residents around the Valle de Bravo reservoir had protested about...

Mexico's likely next president is a scientist. Politics has her mostly quiet on climate threats

Apr. 04, 2024 09:43 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The López home kept filling with seawater as the Gulf of Mexico rose and winter storms got worse. Cristina López and her family decided to leave after one bad storm in November, knowing the ocean would eventually devour their home in the fishing town of El...

Zimbabwe declares drought disaster, the latest in a region where El Nino has left millions hungry

Apr. 03, 2024 21:45 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe declared a state of disaster Wednesday over a devastating drought that's sweeping across much of southern Africa, with the country’s president saying it needs $2 billion for humanitarian assistance. The declaration was widely expected following...

California enters spring with vital snowpack above average for a second year

Apr. 02, 2024 20:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has entered spring with an above-average mountain snowpack and major reservoirs in good shape for a second consecutive year, staving off immediate water supply concerns but not allaying drought worries in a warming world. The California Department of...

On French Riviera hillsides, the once-dominant Menton lemon gets squeezed by development

Apr. 01, 2024 23:10 PM EDT

MENTON, France (AP) — When the French Riviera town of Menton prepares to host its lemon festival each year, it assembles more than 140 tons of citrus to build the ornate floats and showy park displays that attract thousands to the Fete du Citron. But none of it is the actual Menton lemon, a...

AP PHOTOS: The blessing of rain dampens Holy Week in drought-stricken Spain

Apr. 01, 2024 04:05 AM EDT

QUESADA, Spain (AP) — Some much needed rain was not going to ruin Holy Week for Alfonso del Río Martínez and his fellow Christians in the southern Spanish village of Quesada. So when there was a break in the wet weather, they completed their annual act of spiritual devotion by...

Extreme drought in southern Africa leaves millions hungry

Mar. 31, 2024 03:32 AM EDT

MANGWE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Delicately and with intense concentration, Zanyiwe Ncube poured her small share of precious golden cooking oil into a plastic bottle at a food aid distribution site deep in rural Zimbabwe. “I don't want to lose a single drop,” she said. ...