drought News

San Antonio Among Numerous Texas Cities With Drought Water Use Restrictions

Some South Texas cities have started restricting water usage due to dropping Edwards Aquifer levels amid drought conditions. The Edwards Aquifer Authority this week announced Stage 1 pumping restrictions after the 10-day average level of an index well dropped below …

Argentine Drought Hits Farmers Who Begin Demanding Crop Insurance

Jorge Josifovich is silent and downcast as he walks under the pounding sun in one of Argentina’s most fertile agricultural regions, staring at soy crops parched by the country’s worst drought in years. The drought, which began in November, has …

12 Arizona Counties Re-Designated Natural Disaster Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the re-designation of 12 Arizona counties as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by recent drought. The Mohave Valley Daily News reported farmers in eligible counties have eight months to …

Cape Town Companies Threatened by Water Shortages After Record Drought

Businesses in Cape Town are growing increasingly concerned about the risk that chronic water shortages pose to their operations in South Africa’s second-biggest city and are taking steps to reduce usage and secure supply, a survey has found. Almost 80 …

Drought-Ending Rain Built up Fuel to Feed Deadly California Fires

There’s a dark side to the torrent of precipitation that ended California’s long drought earlier this year: Rain and snow pumped life back into bushes, shrubs and grasses and created ideal fuel for infernos. They’ve been raging since Sunday in …

North Dakota Governor Seeks Federal Help Amid Severe Drought

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is seeking a presidential disaster declaration, saying the state is “the epicenter of drought for the nation” because of a rain-free summer. Burgum said in a statement that his request to President Donald Trump would …

Devastating S. Europe Drought Scorches Crops; Farmers Question Their Future

Italian durum wheat and dairy farmer Attilio Tocchi saw warning signs during the winter of the dramatic drought to come at his holding a mile away from the Tuscan coast. “When it still hadn’t rained at the beginning of spring …

Residents in Northern California’s Bay Area Sue over Drought Rules

A group of multimillionaire residents of the San Francisco Bay Area have filed a lawsuit against their town claiming drought rules and penalties intended to keep people from over-watering their lawns are illegal. The East Bay Times reported that nine …

Crews Protect 60 Virginia Homes from Wildfires, but Blazes Continue

Virginia is one of several southern states battling forest fires caused by humans and fueled by drought. Ed Stoots of Virginia’s Forestry Department said Wednesday that crews have fought up to 20 blazes in more than a week. About 1,500 …

1.8 Million Western U.S. Homes at Extreme or High Wildfire Risk, Report Shows

Things haven’t gone as bad as they could have so far in 2016 coming off last year’s record-setting wildfire season in the Western U.S., according to a report out today detailing wildfire risks to properties in the Western U.S. The …