DROUGHT

Climate change is having a devastating affect on dry areas of the world and began influencing global drought risk for more than a century ago. Models predict that droughts will become more frequent and severe as temperatures rise, potentially causing food and water shortages, human health impacts, destructive wildfires and conflicts between peoples competing for resources. They project a new round of severe megadroughts, resulting in the driest period in 1,000 years for parts of the U.S., with droughts becoming more frequent and severe.

The United States Drought Monitor update their maps every Thursday and Climate Central has an informative page with graphics and videos. 

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Illegal cannabis growers are stealing water amid California’s drought, officials say

CCR Illegal cannabis growers are stealing water amid California’s drought, officials say

Illegal cannabis growers are stealing water amid California’s drought, officials say

By Rachel Pannett Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images 7/28/21
California’s deepening drought is creating another big problem for authorities: water theft. Water thieves, many of them illegal marijuana growers, are tapping into fire hydrants and drilling unauthorized water wells, according to officials, threatening the…

‘There Are No Winners Here’: Drought in the Klamath Basin Inflames a Decades-Old War Over Water and Fish

CCR ‘There Are No Winners Here’_ Drought in the Klamath Basin Inflames a Decades-Old War Over Water and Fish

‘There Are No Winners Here’: Drought in the Klamath Basin Inflames a Decades-Old War Over Water and Fish

By Anne Marshall-Chalmers Photo: Anne Marshall-Chalmers 7/16/21
TULELAKE, Calif.—Joey Gentry hesitates before she drives through the fields of alfalfa and wheat that line the roads in the Klamath Basin. “Because I’m good and brown,” said Gentry, a member of the Klamath Tribes…

Officials Pull ‘Emergency Lever’ as Lake Powell Plunges Toward Dangerous New Low

CCR Officials Pull ‘Emergency Lever’ as Lake Powell Plunges Toward Dangerous New Low

Officials Pull ‘Emergency Lever’ as Lake Powell Plunges Toward Dangerous New Low

By Molly Taft Photo: Susan Montoya Bryan (AP) 7/16/21
The latest megadrought alarm bell just went off in the West. The Bureau of Reclamation began emergency water releases from reservoirs upstream in the Colorado River this week in an effort to keep Lake Powell, the country’s second-largest reservoir,…