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1.  ‘A living, breathing building’: the rise of resilience centers amid extreme heat in the US  

2022-09-23


The Guardian
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Emergency shelters don’t adequately protect residents. Enter community spaces – centers built to withstand climate disruptions and offer long-term preparedness On the Saturday before Labor Day, in the east Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, temperatures outside climbed to 105F (41C). It was th...

2.  Utah’s Great Salt Lake reaches record-low water level  

2022-09-09


NationofChange
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While the west is experiencing a mega-drought, the lake is at its lowest water level since recording started in 1847.

3.  Temperatures smash records in US west as brutal heatwave continues  

2022-09-08


The Guardian
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Records broken in Sacramento and Reno, while California close to ordering rolling blackouts to ease strain on power gridA brutal heatwave enveloping the US west smashed records on Tuesday, as high temperatures and historic energy use strained California’s grid to the brink of its capacity and spurre...

4.  Drought Conditions Now Affecting Two-Thirds Of US  

2022-08-24


ZeroHedge News
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Drought Conditions Now Affecting Two-Thirds Of US Human remains discovered at the shores of Lake Mead in May, July and August as its water levels are at historic lows are just the latest consequence of a prolonged drought gripping the United States. One of the bodies found was identified as a homicid...

5.  “Worst I've Ever Seen”: Cotton Prices Soar After Historic USDA Cut Amid Megadrought  

2022-08-16


ZeroHedge News
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“Worst I've Ever Seen”: Cotton Prices Soar After Historic USDA Cut Amid Megadrought US cotton prices continued to surge above the boom days of 2010-11 after a massive crop estimate cut by the USDA, shocking Wall Street analysts and traders, due primarily to a megadrought scorching farmland of Texas...

6.  What if we named and ranked heat waves like hurricanes?  

2022-08-15


Yale Universities Climate Connections
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A California bill proposes to do just that. The post What if we named and ranked heat waves like hurricanes? appeared first on Yale Climate Connections.

7.  “The results will be dire”: Extreme heat to impact a quarter of US by midcentury  

2022-08-16


Grist
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Some 107 million Americans will experience heat index temperatures above 125 degrees F by 2053, according to a new report.

8.  Parts of SoCal face full outdoor watering ban by September if conditions don’t improve  

2022-04-28


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A huge step in the right direction. Probably not nearly enough.

9.  Can cloud seeding help quench the thirst of the US West?  

2022-03-12


Grist
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In the midst of a historic megadrought, states in the American West are embracing cloud seeding to increase snow and rainfall.

10.  Hundreds of Thousands of Incarcerated People Are in Danger Amid Scorching Heat  

2022-07-27


Truth Out
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This summer is among the hottest on record, but many people in U.S. prisons can’t access even basic ways to cool down.

11.  Ranchers Are Selling Off Their Cattle In Unprecedented Numbers Due To The Drought, And That Has Enormous Implications For 2023  

2022-07-26


ZeroHedge News
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Ranchers Are Selling Off Their Cattle In Unprecedented Numbers Due To The Drought, And That Has Enormous Implications For 2023 Authored by Michael Snyder via TheMostImportantNews.com, Thanks to the horrific drought which is absolutely devastating ranching in the Southwest, ranchers are now in “pani...

13.  Heat and Drought Bake the World. Thank Climate Change  

2022-07-08


Counter Punch
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Extreme heat means drought, and drought means no food. So lots of places are watching Famine gallop over their withered farmlands. In Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, people currently starve. The number of them is 23 million, according to Oxfam, which blasted G7 countries on June 28 for doing too littl...

14.  West Texas farmers and ranchers fear the worst as drought, heat near 2011 records  

2022-07-07


Grist
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2011 was the driest year on record for Texas, causing an estimated cost of $7.62 billion in crop and livestock losses. A dry and hot June has many sounding alarm bells about 2022.

15.  Heat Dome Roasting Millions Across Central US  

2022-07-07


ZeroHedge News
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Heat Dome Roasting Millions Across Central US A dangerous heat wave continues to linger over the central and southern Plains to the Southeast.  “There is a strong heat dome, and underneath that, we have had much above-normal to near-record temperatures. ”The pattern has been pretty stagnant and consisten...

16.  As a heat wave grips the US, lessons from the hottest city in America  

2022-06-15


Grist
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Summer is becoming unbearable. Phoenix holds solutions on how to cope.

17.  Almost Every Square Inch of the US Is Being Battered by Climate Change Today  

2022-06-16


Truth Out
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Probably, you’re hot right now. Or soaked. Or in the dark. Or frightened. Or all of the above.

18.  Thousands of cattle dead due to heatwave in Kansas  

2022-06-16


The Guardian
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Extreme heat is predicted for large parts of the US including Kansas, which is one of the country’s top three beef producersThe record-breaking heat sweeping across the US is having a deadly effect on livestock, with Kansas reporting 2,000 cattle dead.This week, the National Weather Services (NWS) predicte...

19.  Record-breaking heat wave sprawls across US  

2022-06-13


Grist
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Medical experts worry that extreme heat is exacting a rising and deadly toll on public health.

20.  This Will Get Worse 'Until We End Fossil Fuels,' Climate Expert Says Amid Southwest Heatwave  

2022-06-09


Common Dreams - Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
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The warning from a leading scientist came as more than 30 million people in Arizona, California, and Nevada brace for life-threatening temperatures.

21.  Summer in the US Is Now 'Danger Season'  

2022-06-06


Common Dreams - Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
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Climate change has transformed summer into our country's Danger Season, and we'd best start seeing it as such so that we can adequately prepare.

22.  The Vanishing Rio Grande: Warming Takes a Toll on a Legendary River  

2022-06-02


Yale E360
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The Rio Grande, which flows out of the Rockies and later forms the U.S.-Mexico border, has long been impacted by withdrawals for agriculture and other uses. Now, rising temperatures and an unprecedented drought pose a grave and growing peril to the river and its ecosystems.Read more on E360 →

23.  Grim 2022 Drought Outlook for Western US  

2022-05-24


Counter Punch
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Much of the western U.S. has been in the grip of an unrelenting drought since early 2020. The dryness has coincided with record-breaking wildfires, intense and long-lasting heat waves, low stream flows and dwindling water supplies in reservoirs that millions of people across the region rely on. Headin...

24.  Grim 2022 Drought Outlook For Western US  

2022-05-22


Popular Resistance
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Much of the western U.S. has been in the grip of an unrelenting drought since early 2020. The dryness has coincided with record-breaking wildfires, intense and long-lasting heat waves, low stream flows and dwindling water supplies in reservoirs that millions of people across the region rely on. Headin...

25.  More Heat, More Drought: New Analyses Offer Grim Outlook for the U.S. West.  

2022-05-20


Yale E360
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The ongoing drought in the U.S. West is expected to persist through this summer, raising the risk of water shortages and wildfires. While California, Arizona, and New Mexico are now facing the brunt of the drought, new research suggests that Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming will increasingly come to loo...

26.  The Water Knife - Wikipedia  

2022-05-19


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The Water Knife is a 2015 science fiction novel by Paolo Bacigalupi. It is Bacigalupi's sixth novel, and is based on his short story, The Tamarisk Hunter, first published in the news magazine High Country News. It takes place in the near future, where drought brought on by climate change has devastated the Southwestern United States.

27.  ‘Flash droughts’ are Midwest’s next big climate threat  

2022-05-16


Grist
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New research shows that dry weather is coming on more quickly than before, with little advance warning.

28.  A quiet revolution: Southwest cities learn to thrive amid drought  

2022-05-11


Grist
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San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas have embraced innovative strategies for conserving and sourcing water, providing these metropolitan areas with sufficient water supplies to support their growing populations.

29.  As fires scorch New Mexico, the West braces for another hellish summer  

2022-05-06


Grist
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It’s only May, and the Calf Canyon fire is already the state’s second-biggest on record.

30.  We Are Toast: Montana’s Extreme Drought  

2022-05-04


Counter Punch
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One of Governor Ted Schwinden’s favorite excuses for his failure to prepare Montana for the state’s disastrous droughts in the 80s was: “Montana is a ‘next year’ state.” It means that even though our rivers dried up, fish died, crops withered, and as he infamously put it, “the whole damn state’s on fire,...

31.  Unprecedented drought conditions across Western US fuel wildfires and water disputes  

2021-06-17


World Socialist Web Site
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An excellent factual review of just how bad it already is, followed by interesting court cases over water rights.

32.  The ‘whys’ beyond the ‘what’ of the severe western U.S. drought  

2022-03-23


Yale Universities Climate Connections
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New video opens window on understanding the explanations for the worst drought in 12 centuries, a ‘megadrought’ with no end in sight. The post The ‘whys’ beyond the ‘what’ of the severe western U.S. drought appeared first on Yale Climate Connections.

33.  The Fight to Reclaim Colorado's Privatized Rivers for the Public  

2022-03-10


In These Times
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A fisherman’s lawsuit pushes back against a tide of wealth-driven privatization that seeks to deny public access to waterways and other public resources.

34.  The American West Is Likely Too Far Gone to Return to the Way It Was  

2022-02-16


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The term “aridification” has far different implications than “drought.“

35.  Study finds Western megadrought is the worst in 1,200 years  

2022-02-15


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In tree ring records dating back to AD 800, the only multidecade drought that came close to today's was in the 1500s. Researchers say climate change is a factor and the U.S. must plan for less water.

36.  How to cool one of the fastest-warming cities in the West  

2022-02-02


Grist
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In Phoenix, a new heat office hopes to prevent more people from dying of extreme heat.

37.  How the West’s megadrought is leaving one Arizona neighborhood with no water at all  

2022-03-10


Grist
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Thanks to Colorado River cuts, hundreds of residents on the outskirts of Phoenix are “the canary in the coal mine.”

38.  Dry January: Reno goes a month with no rain for the first time in nearly 130 years  

2022-02-02


The Guardian
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After experiencing its wettest October on record when close to 3in of rain fell in two days, the area is now facing the other extremeReno, Nevada, hasn’t recorded a single drop of rain during the entire month of January, a record that goes back nearly nearly 130 years.The city, tucked on the Nevada-Californi...

39.  Climate Crisis Has Made Western US Megadrought Worst in 1,200 Years  

2022-02-14


Common Dreams - Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
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“Climate change is here and now,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. “If a 1,200 year mega-drought isn't enough to make people realize that, I don't know what is.“

40.  Climate Change: Navajo Nation Faces Drought, Fire, Flooding  

2022-01-09


Popular Resistance
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Gallup, New Mexico — It’s an overcast, windy November day as Zachariah Ben stands tall over the small, folding table at a local flea market. His tsiiyééł sits low on his neck and it’s clear that his dark brown hair is very long. Before him, on a black-and-white Pendleton blanket, sit two products — Bidi...

41.  American West 'looking down the barrel of a loaded gun' from climate change-driven droughts: scientist  

2022-04-04


Alternet.org
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The historic drought plaguing California and other Western states is showing no signs of letting up. Record high temperatures and erratic precipitation patterns have put millions of Americans at risk of running out of fresh water, and the longer that elected leaders stall on curbing the nation's dependenc...