Latest Deserts News

Study: Climate change possible cause of bird species decline

Aug. 19, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Climate change could be to blame for the collapse of bird populations in the desert along the Nevada-California border, scientists said. The number of bird species has fallen by an average of 43 percent over the past century at survey sites across an area larger than New York state,...

5-year drought raises questions over Israel's water strategy

Aug. 4, 2018 7:31 AM EDT

KFAR YUVAL, Israel (AP) — For years, public service announcements warned Israelis to save water: Take shorter showers. Plant resilient gardens. Conserve. Then Israel invested heavily in desalination technology and professed to have solved the problem by tapping into the abundant waters of the Mediterranean...

Arizona clergy call activists to support migrants on border

Aug. 3, 2018 6:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona clergy are calling activists to gather this weekend at the state's border with Mexico and leave large jugs of water on remote trails for migrants who continue to cross the desert during the dangerously hot summer. The Sunday gathering organized by faith leaders and local groups such...

Water crisis salts the earth in Iraq's long-neglected south

Aug. 2, 2018 2:35 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Qassim Sabaan Ali has spent the past 15 years tending to orchards in southern Iraq, only to see them wither or die as saltwater has seeped into the once-lush soil. The southern city of Basra was once known as the "Venice of the East" because of its freshwater canals, and Iraq itself is still...

Africa sees 1st carbon-neutral brewery amid climate concerns

Jul. 21, 2018 5:24 AM EDT

DARLING, South Africa (AP) — A South African brewery is said to be the first in Africa to go carbon-neutral as more businesses across the continent adjust to climate change, and as consumers become more careful about the products they buy. Darling Brewery, in a village near Cape Town, decreased its carbon...

Pope warns climate change turning Earth into desert, garbage

Jul. 6, 2018 7:15 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged governments on Friday to make good on their commitments to curb global warming, warning that climate change, continued unsustainable development and rampant consumption threatens to turn the Earth into a vast pile of "rubble, deserts and refuse." Francis made the...

Badlands and history in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Jul. 2, 2018 11:41 AM EDT

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — For travelers looking to visit all 50 states, North Dakota is often one of the last to be checked off. It's not exactly on the way to anywhere else, and flying there is expensive. It ended up being 49th on my 50-state quest (sorry, Idaho!). Part of the challenge was deciding what to do...

Endangered species listing considered for rare Nevada toad

Jun. 27, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials have agreed to consider Endangered Species Act protection for a rare toad in northern Nevada's high desert where one of the biggest producers of geothermal energy in the nation wants to build a power plant. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that...

Walk or die: Algeria strands 13,000 migrants in the Sahara

Jun. 25, 2018 6:39 PM EDT

ASSAMAKA, Niger (AP) — From this isolated frontier post deep in the sands of the Sahara, the expelled migrants can be seen coming over the horizon by the hundreds. They look like specks in the distance, trudging miserably across some of the world's most unforgiving terrain in the blistering sun. They are...