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Drought in Mexico reaches critical levels as lakes dry up

By AP Photo by Fernando Llano

Drought conditions now cover 85 percent of Mexico, and residents of the nation’s central region said Thursday that lakes and reservoirs are simply drying up, including the country’s second-largest body of freshwater.


Wild donkeys and horses engineer water holes that help other species

By Jonathan Lambert Photo: Petra Kaczensky

Water drives the rhythms of desert life, but animals aren’t always helpless against the whims of weather. In the American Southwest, wild donkeys and horses often dig into the dusty sediment to reach cool, crystal clear groundwater to quench their thirst. New research shows this equid ingenuity has far reaching benefits for the ecosystem. Equid wells can act as desert oases, providing a major source of water during dry times that benefits a whole host of desert animals and keystone trees, researchers report in the April 30 Science.


Western U.S. may be entering its most severe drought in modern history

By Jeff Berardelli

Extreme drought across the Western U.S. has become as reliable as a summer afternoon thunderstorm in Florida. And news headlines about drought in the West can seem a bit like a broken record, with some scientists saying the region is on the precipice of permanent drought.


U.S. Drought Monitor Update for February 9, 2021

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According to the February 9, 2021, U.S. Drought MonitorModerate to exceptional drought covers 38.4% of the United States including Puerto Rico, moderate to exceptional drought covers 38.4% of the United States including Puerto Rico, a slight increase from last week’s 38.3%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) remained the same as last week: 17.0%.


A “forever” drought takes shape in the West

By Jennifer A. Kingson Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Southwest U.S. is mired in an ever-worsening drought, one that has left deer starving in Hawaii, turned parts of the Rio Grande into a wading pool, and set a record in Colorado for the most days of “exceptional drought.”


A river used to run through it: how New Mexico handles a dwindling Rio Grande

By Di Minardi Photo: Susan Montoya Bryan/AP

The Rio Grande used to flow freely, but now in Las Cruces, humans, fish and plants are vying for water in the arid landscape


Wall Street Eyes Billions in the Colorado’s Water

By Ben Ryder Howe Photo: Nick Cote

There is a myth about water in the Western United States, which is that there is not enough of it. But those who deal closely with water will tell you this is false. There is plenty. It is just in the wrong places.


Harsh Droughts Can Actually Start Over Oceans

By Robin Meadows Photo by Justin Sullivan

Droughts conjure images of vast expanses of hard, cracked soil and parched plants, but new research suggests that disastrous dry spells can develop over the wettest place of all: the ocean. Low-moisture air masses sometimes form and migrate thousands of kilometers over the sea, similar to the way hurricanes behave.


As Climate Change Drives Droughts, Water Conservation And Infrastructure Are Key

By Annie Ropeik Photo by Annie Ropeik

The bog behind Jen Kippin’s house in Hooksett, New Hampshire, has never been this dry. Normally there’s ducks and frogs, and enough mud and water for her grandsons to lose their sneakers in. But right now, it’s just a lot of dying plants.


Drought warning, watch areas expand to almost half of Pennsylvania

By Marcus Schneck Photo: Jim Cole/Associated Press

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has added 2 counties to the area of the state under drought warning and 13 counties to the area under drought watch.