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California Water Use Up Dramatically Amid Worsening Drought

California’s water use jumped dramatically in March, state officials said Tuesday, as one of the driest stretches on record prompted a wave of homeowners to start watering their lawns earlier than usual in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pleas for …

Extreme Weather Threatens Global Wheat Crops – With One Notable Exception

As Russia’s invasion chokes off Ukrainian wheat exports, pushing up bread and noodle prices, the global harvest faces an added test: extreme weather. Droughts, flooding and heatwaves threaten output from the U.S. to France and India, compounding shrinking production in …

Drought in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas Opens Loans for Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says drought during the growing season has made farmers in most of Texas, all of Louisiana and parts of Arkansas and Mississippi eligible to apply for federal aid. The department’s Farm Service Agency says low-interest …

Southwest Colorado Farmers Plagued by Drought

With his hands stuffed deep into his pockets, Landan Wilson looks down at the ground and scuffs his boot back and forth against the loose blades of alfalfa hay scattered on the dirt. It’s early March, and Wilson is standing …

California Drought Deepening as Wet Season is Anything But

California is experiencing one of the driest starts to spring in decades, data showed Friday, and absent a heavy dose of April and May showers the state’s drought will deepen and that could lead to stricter rules on water use …

Climate Change Could Cost U.S. Budget $2 Trillion a Year by End Century

Flood, fire, and drought fueled by climate change could take a massive bite out of the U.S. federal budget per year by the end of the century, the White House said in its first ever such assessment on Sunday. The …

5th Oregon County Declares Drought Emergency

Low water storage and snowpack levels in southern Oregon have prompted a fifth Oregon county to declare a drought emergency. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Jackson County commissioners made the drought declaration, which follows declarations by Klamath, Jefferson, Morrow and Crook …

California Imposes New Round of Water Cuts to Deal with Severe Drought

California’s urban water users and farmers who rely on supplies from state reservoirs will get less than planned this year as fears of a third consecutive dry year become reality, state officials announced. Water agencies that serve 27 million people …

Moody’s ESG Notes ‘Death and Destruction’ from Climate Change

A new report from Moody’s ESG Solutions drives home the point that climate change is here and now, and it is already causing death and destruction. The report from Natalie Ambrosio Preudhomme, assistant vice president-outreach & research, for Moody’s ESG …

Chemical Analysis Shows Effects of Wildfire Smoke on Grapes and Wines in Western U.S.

NEWSWISE – As wildfire season in the West grows in length and severity, it is taking a toll on the wine industry through the effects of wildfire smoke on the quality of wine grapes. Volatile compounds in the smoke from …