Latest Water shortages News

Mississippi's capital only collects 56% of fees from its struggling water system

Jun. 05, 2023 17:58 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's capital is collecting only a little more than half of the money it bills for water use, far below the rate at which most American cities obtain such fees, Jackson's federally appointed water manager said Monday. Ted Henifin, appointed in...

Drought, water overuse prompt Arizona to limit construction in some fast-growing parts of Phoenix

Jun. 01, 2023 23:57 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona will not approve new housing construction on the fast-growing edges of metro Phoenix that rely on groundwater thanks to years of overuse and a multi-decade drought that is sapping its water supply. In a news conference Thursday, Gov. Katie Hobbs announced...

Drought-struck Barcelona quenches thirst with costly desalination

May. 29, 2023 02:08 AM EDT

EL PRAT DE LLOBREGAT, Spain (AP) — Where once the population of Barcelona drank mostly from its rivers and wells, Spain’s second city now relies upon a labyrinth-like mesh of green, blue and purple pipes inside an industrial plant to keep it from going thirsty amid a prolonged drought. ...

California unlikely to run short of electricity this summer thanks to storms, new power sources

May. 25, 2023 21:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — California regulators say the state is unlikely to run out of electricity this summer because of a big increase in power storage and a wet winter that filled the state's reservoirs enough to restart hydroelectric power plants that were dormant during the drought. ...

UN conference raises less than $1 billion for climate-wracked Horn of Africa in major disappointment

May. 24, 2023 19:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A high-level U.N. conference on Wednesday raised less than $1 billion of the more than $5 billion organizers were hoping for to help over 30 million people in the Horn of Africa cope with a major climate crisis and mass displacement after years of conflict, a major...

Italy OKs aid mega-package for flooded north, with museum ticket surcharge to help pay for it

May. 23, 2023 11:52 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian government on Tuesday approved more than 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in aid for the flood-stricken region of Emilia-Romagna in the north, including for farmers and business owners in one of the country's most productive regions. The government is...

Breakthrough proposal would aid drought-stricken Colorado River as 3 Western states offer cuts

May. 22, 2023 20:24 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Arizona, Nevada and California said Monday they’re willing to cut back on their use of the dwindling Colorado River in exchange for money from the federal government -- and to avoid forced cuts as drought threatens the key water supply for the U.S. West. The $1.2...

Arizona, California, Nevada propose deal to reduce their use of drought-stricken Colorado River, avoid forced cuts

May. 22, 2023 11:11 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona, California, Nevada propose deal to reduce their use of drought-stricken Colorado River, avoid forced cuts.

Italy's deadly floods just latest example of climate change's all-or-nothing weather extremes

May. 19, 2023 12:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The floods that sent rivers of mud tearing through towns in Italy’s northeast are another drenching dose of climate change's all-or-nothing weather extremes, something that has been happening around the globe, scientists say. The coastal region of Emilia-Romagna was...

Incredible shrinking lakes: Humans, climate change, diversion costs trillions of gallons annually

May. 18, 2023 14:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change 's hotter temperatures and society's diversion of water have been shrinking the world's lakes by trillions of gallons of water a year since the early 1990s, a new study finds. A close examination of nearly 2,000 of the world's largest lakes found...