Latest Deserts News

Iraqi merchants struggle on amid series of strong sandstorms

May. 16, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The thick layer of dust blanketing the sky did not deter Muhammed Ghalib from walking to work in Baghdad’s main commercial district on Monday, as the latest in an unrelenting series of intense sandstorms swept Iraq. The dust coated his eyelashes a shade of orange....

Climate change to make droughts longer, more common, says UN

May. 11, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

The frequency and duration of droughts will continue to increase due to human-caused climate change, with water scarcity already affecting billions of people across the world, the United Nations warned in a report Wednesday. The U.N. desertification agency, which is currently hosting...

As wildfire closes in, New Mexico residents prepare to flee

May. 02, 2022 21:33 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Wind-whipped flames raced across more of New Mexico’s pine-covered mountainsides on Monday, closing in on a town of 13,000 people where some residents hurried to pack their cars with belongings, others hustled to clear brush from around their homes, and police were called...

Jordan's restoration efforts push back on degrading land

Apr. 27, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

SABHA, Jordan (AP) — Efforts to restore damaged but once fertile land in Jordan's desert are sprouting hope for one of the world’s most water-scarce nations, as a land assessment report Wednesday warned of the growing scale of global degradation. Local organizations believe...

Developer studying the potential for wind farm near Tucson

Apr. 24, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A developer is exploring the potential for what would be Arizona’s biggest wind farm on an expanse of high desert in Pinal County about 30 miles north of Tucson. But the company’s plan to erect up to 83 wind turbines at the site known as Oak Wells has...

Appeals ruling protects pristine areas of the Badlands

Apr. 21, 2022 08:59 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that dismisses a lawsuit brought by the state of North Dakota and several western counties that could have resulted in the construction of additional roads in parts of the Badlands. The Badlands Conservation...

Missing Indiana couple found after man dies in Nevada desert

Apr. 06, 2022 20:16 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A single, desperate cry for help went through to family members too late to save a woman’s husband after the Indiana couple had been lost in Nevada’s high-desert wilderness for more than a week. “37.757753, -117.809568. Help.” It was a...

South Dakota proposal would increase bighorn sheep licenses

Apr. 02, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota wildlife officials are looking to increase the number of bighorn sheep hunting licenses for the next two years. The bighorn sheep hunting season proposal for the 2022 and 2023 seasons increases the ram bighorn sheep licenses from eight to 10, with...

Bighorn sheep numbers continue to grow in North Dakota

Apr. 02, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials say bighorn sheep are making a comeback in the state following a crippling disease outbreak in the Badlands. There are almost 450 bighorns among populations managed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, the National Park...

Judge refuses to block grazing in eastern Oregon pastures

Mar. 31, 2022 11:48 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge this week denied a temporary restraining order sought by environmental groups that would block grazing in six eastern Oregon pastures. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon said the plaintiffs haven’t shown that cattle grazing on the pastures...