Latest Droughts News

As the Rio Grande runs dry, South Texas cities look to alternatives for water

Jul. 19, 2024 13:47 PM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — The Rio Grande is no longer a reliable source of water for South Texas. That’s the sobering conclusion Rio Grande Valley officials are facing as water levels at the international reservoirs that feed into the river remain dangerously low — and a hurricane...

Drought threatens millions of children as school dropouts rise along with hunger in southern Africa

Jul. 19, 2024 04:31 AM EDT

MUDZI, Zimbabwe (AP) — It’s Tuesday morning, and 5-year-old Talent should be in school. Instead, he's foraging for the fruit that his family is counting on for food now that crops have withered in the heat. Blame the El Nino phenomenon that altered weather worldwide for over a...

Louisiana lawmakers work to address 'silent danger' of thousands of dead and beetle-infested trees

Jul. 10, 2024 20:05 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Dead pine trees, weakened by last summer's drought and hungry beetles, are a major public safety concern for Louisiana residents, with fears that fragile tree limbs may come crashing down on homes, roads, power lines and businesses without warning, officials say. ...

Alex Bowman quiets Hendrick speculation with his Cup win on a rainy Chicago street course

Jul. 08, 2024 15:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Bowman spent his 30th birthday in an Iowa hospital after breaking his back in a short-track accident. Feeling as if he had let everyone down, it was a tough moment. That was just last year, and it seemed like a long time ago Sunday night. Bowman...

Water-rich Gila River tribe near Phoenix flexes its political muscles in a drying West

Jun. 26, 2024 09:38 AM EDT

SACATON, Arizona (AP) — Stephen Roe Lewis grew up seeing stacks of legal briefs at the dinner table — often, about his tribe's water. His father, the late Rodney Lewis, was general counsel for the Gila River Indian Community and fought for the tribe's rights to water in the...

Heavy snows and drought of deadly 'dzud' kill more than 7 million head of livestock in Mongolia

Jun. 12, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An extreme weather phenomenon known as the dzud has killed more than 7.1 million animals in Mongolia this year, more than a tenth of the country’s entire livestock holdings, endangering herders’ livelihoods and way of life. Dzuds are a combination of...

Rory McIlroy arrives at the U.S. Open content with his career, yet burning to end his major drought

Jun. 11, 2024 15:31 PM EDT

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — The final question Rory McIlroy was asked before he headed onto Pinehurst No. 2 on Tuesday for his first practice round at this week's U.S. Open was perhaps more befitting of a player in the twilight of his career than one ranked No. 3 in the world. Are there...

Riots erupt in drought-stricken central Algeria over months of water shortages

Jun. 11, 2024 12:16 PM EDT

TIARET, Algeria (AP) — Violent riots erupted in a drought-stricken Algerian desert city last weekend after months of water shortages left taps running dry and forced residents to queue to access water for their households. In Tiaret — a central Algerian city of less than 200,000...

Will Power wins for first time in 2 years to give Team Penske sweep of top 3 spots at Road America

Jun. 09, 2024 20:13 PM EDT

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Will Power pondered retirement last year as his wife battled a near deadly staph infection that had the Australian wondering if he needed to focus on his family's future. “She almost died,” Power said. “You start thinking, ‘Yeah, I’m going to...

Nearly 3 out of 10 children in Afghanistan face crisis or emergency level of hunger in 2024

May. 29, 2024 09:24 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — About 6.5 million children in Afghanistan were forecast to experience crisis levels of hunger in 2024, a nongovernmental organization said. Nearly three out of 10 Afghan children will face crisis or emergency levels of hunger this year as the country feels the...