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Climate change fuels a water rights conflict built on over a century of broken promises

By Nick Kirkpatrick and others
The simple way to think about this crisis: There’s no longer enough water to go around to meet the needs of farmers and Native American populations as well as fish and birds.

Even small additional increases in greenhouse gases will make decades-long “megadroughts” in the Southwest more common

By Michon Scott and Rebecca Lindsey
At the dawn of the 21st century, drought descended on southwestern North America. Two decades later, the drought continues. Recent NOAA-funded research found that even small additional increases in greenhouse gas emissions will make such…

Climate Scientists Forecast High Temperatures Into the Fall

By Henry Fountain Photo: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
After a summer of blistering heat across much of the country, the hotter-than-normal conditions that have contributed to severe drought across the West are forecast to continue into the fall, scientists with the National Oceanic…

‘Drought is the norm:’ California’s water crisis becomes perpetual

By Kumail Afshar and Siena Swift Photo: Shutter Theory
California residents are used to drought conditions, with shorter showers encouraged by teachers and conservationists, ads paid for by the state supporting abstaining from watering lawns and rainy days few and far between. But 5C…

‘The Worst Thing I Can Ever Remember’: How Drought Is Crushing Ranchers

By Henry Fountain Photo: Benjamin Rasmussen
Darrell Rice stood in a field of corn he’d planted in early June, to be harvested in the fall and chopped up to feed the hundreds of cows and calves he raises in central North…

Drought and Climate Change Shift Tree Disease in Sierra Nevada

By Kat Kerlin Photo: Joan Dudney/UC Davis
Even pathogens have their limits. When it gets too hot or too dry, some pathogens — like many living things — search for cooler, wetter and more hospitable climes. Ecologists have questioned if a warming,…

Western Drought Will Last Into Fall or Longer

By Henry Fountain Photo: Robyn Beck/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
The severe drought that has gripped much of the western half of the United States in spring and summer is likely to continue at least into late fall, government forecasters said Thursday.

Climate change and droughts: What’s the connection?

By Tiffany Means Photo: docentjoyce
Events such as the moderate-to-extreme drought conditions that covered more than half of the mainland U.S. in 2012, the megadrought in the West that continues today, and summer 2021’s record-low water levels at Lake Mead…

In a First, U.S. Declares Shortage on Colorado River, Forcing Water Cuts

By Henry Fountain Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
With climate change and long-term drought continuing to take a toll on the Colorado River, the federal government on Monday for the first time declared a water shortage at Lake Mead, one of the river’s…