Latest Droughts News

Lagoon dries up as drought grips Peru's southern Andes

Dec. 02, 2022 00:07 AM EST

CCONCHACCOTA, Peru (AP) — From her home under the baking sun of Peru's southern Andes, Vilma Huamaní can see the small Cconchaccota lagoon, the axis of her community’s life. It has been a source of trout, fun for children eager to swim, beauty as flamingos flew from over the mountains and...

Drought-hit California cities to get little water from state

Dec. 01, 2022 20:13 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water agencies that serve 27 million people will get just 5% of what they requested from the state to start 2023, water officials announced Thursday. The news of limited water comes as California concludes its driest three-year stretch on...

US agencies sued over fate of rare Rio Grande minnow

Nov. 30, 2022 18:40 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists on Wednesday accused the U.S. government of not doing enough to ensure the survival of the Rio Grande silvery minnow as drought tightens its grip on one of the longest rivers in the West. In a lawsuit filed in federal court, the group...

Drying California lake to get $250M in US drought funding

Nov. 28, 2022 22:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government said Monday it will spend $250 million over four years on environmental cleanup and restoration work around a drying Southern California lake that's fed by the depleted Colorado River. The future of the Salton Sea, and who is...

Salt, drought decimate buffaloes in Iraq's southern marshes

Nov. 23, 2022 05:13 AM EST

CHIBAYISH, Iraq (AP) — Abbas Hashem fixed his worried gaze on the horizon — the day was almost gone and still, there was no sign of the last of his water buffaloes. He knows that when his animals don't come back from roaming the marshes of this part of Iraq, they must be dead. ...

Catalonia limits water use as Spain prays for rain

Nov. 22, 2022 11:07 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and large swathes of Spain’s northeast are going under water restrictions as a months-long drought that has devastated crops starts to put the pinch on human activities in the Mediterranean country. The measures will affect 6.7 million people,...

In war-torn states hurt by climate, scant hope for new funds

Nov. 22, 2022 01:22 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — In conflict-ravaged nations like Yemen and Somalia, devastating floods and droughts kill hundreds of people and uproot tens of thousands from their homes. These countries and many others in the Middle East and Africa have been plunged into turmoil and...

Politics, climate conspire as Tigris and Euphrates dwindle

Nov. 18, 2022 08:56 AM EST

DAWWAYAH, Iraq and ILISU DAM, Turkey (AP) — Next year, the water will come. The pipes have been laid to Ata Yigit’s sprawling farm in Turkey’s southeast connecting it to a dam on the Euphrates River. A dream, soon to become a reality, he says. He’s already grown a small corn...

Western US cities to remove decorative grass amid drought

Nov. 17, 2022 21:53 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of 30 agencies that supply water to homes and businesses throughout the western United States has pledged to rip up lots of decorative grass to help keep water in the over-tapped Colorado River. The agreement signed Tuesday by water agencies in...

As climate change progresses, trees in cities struggle

Nov. 16, 2022 02:02 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — As the driest summer in Seattle’s record books ended, trees across the city were sounding silent alarms. It was the latest in a string of Seattle summers in the last decade, including a record-breaking heat dome in 2021, to feature drier conditions and hotter...