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A frenzy of well drilling by California farmers leaves taps running dry

By Maria L. La Ganga, Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee and Ian James Photo: Irfan Khan
Vicki McDowell woke up on a Saturday morning in May, thinking about what she would make her son for breakfast. He was visiting from Hayward, and she wanted to whip up something special. Biscuits and…

Up to 1 million gallons of water … a night? That’s par for some desert golf courses

By Steve Lopez Photo: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times
Doug Thompson couldn’t believe what he’d just been told. His wife, a botanist, was advising a Coachella Valley country club on drought-resistant landscaping, and Thompson, who got to talking with the groundskeeper, asked how much…

Water Shortages Threaten the Economy and Our Food Supply

By Fiona Burlig, Louis Preonas, Matt Woerman Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images
This summer, around the world, we didn’t just read about climate change; we lived it. Extreme heat baked the usually temperate Pacific Northwest. Wildfires raged in the Western United States, Canada, the Mediterranean, and Siberia.…

Desalination can make saltwater drinkable — but it won’t solve the U.S. water crisis

By Michael Birnbaum Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Corbis/Getty Images
Anybody with a 5-year-old’s knowledge of geography might come up against this conundrum: There’s a water shortage in the Western United States. Right next door, there’s the Pacific Ocean. Why can’t we take some of…

How nature-based infrastructure builds climate resiliency

By Susan Asam and others
Here's how to use nature-based solutions to build climate resiliency into infrastructure, and take advantage of anticipated new funding sources. In recognition of the worsening climate crisis, President Biden and Congress are negotiating a deal…

Tennessee floods show a pressing climate danger across America: ‘Walls of water’

By Sarah Kaplan Photo: Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean/AP
Then the weekend happened. More than 17 inches of rain fell in a single day on Saturday, overtopping the region’s many rivers and submerging places not previously considered floodplains within a matter of hours. Rice’s…

With drought worsening, should California have much tougher water restrictions?

By Ari Plachta Photo: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times
When Gov. Gavin Newsom asked Californians to voluntarily conserve water last week as he stood in front of the retreating shoreline at Lopez Lake in San Luis Obispo County, some must have had déjà vu. It was…

Another ‘red tide’ left 15 tons of dead fish on Tampa Bay’s shore, and experts warn of more destruction

By Julian Mark Photo: Martha Asencio-Rhine
The dead fish have been washing up on the shores of Tampa Bay in West Central Florida since at least early June, thanks to a natural phenomenon known as “red tide” — large “blooms” of…

Panama Canal Tackles Climate-Change Puzzle: Too Little Rainwater or Too Much

By Santiago Perez
The Panama Canal faces a creeping threat from climate change, including droughts so intense that ships sometimes reduce their cargo so as not to run aground, and giant storms that almost overwhelm its dams and…

Explosive Growth of Toxic Algae Threatens Water Supplies Across US

By Leanna First-Arai Photo: Zbigniew Bzdak
With a vast portion of the United States coping with exceptional drought this summer, conditions are ripe in many places for harmful algal blooms, bringing additional threats to already-stressed water systems and increased health risks…