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Why California can’t go back to ‘normal’ after drought.

California’s five-year drought was officially declared to be over in April. By many measures, it was the worst drought in the state’s recorded history. And it was brought to an end by one of the wettest single winters ever. As a result, most water agencies across the state have dropped their emergency water conservation rules. And, presumably, life will get back ...

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‘Water is the new fire’: National strategy needed for flooding, says insurance expert.

Water damage has surpassed fire as the leading cause of home insurance payouts, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, which is calling for a national flood mitigation strategy to manage the rising danger. “Water is the new fire,” declared Pete Karageorgos, director of consumer and industry relations with the Insurance Bureau of Canada. “Insurers are paying out more with ...

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Falling between the sun-scorched gaps: Drought highlights Ethiopia’s dilemma.

Africa, Aid, Climate Change, Combating Desertification and Drought, Development & Aid, Environment, Featured, Food & Agriculture, Headlines, Humanitarian Emergencies, Poverty & SDGs, TerraViva United Nations Women and children at an IDP settlement 60km south of the town of Gode, reachable only along a dirt track through the desiccated landscape. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPS GODE, Ethiopia, May 10 2017 (IPS) – Displaced ...

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Coal companies want Trump to stick to the Paris deal, but that won’t solve our looming climate problems.

The Trump administration faces opposition from an unusual source as it tries to unravel former President Barack Obama’s climate policies. Several coal companies, including St. Louis-based Peabody Energy, have made a surprising request that the U.S. remain a signatory to the Paris Agreement on reducing greenhouse gases. Their call to remain at the table is a strategic move to help ...

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US drought at lowest level in nearly two decades.

After years of intense, record-setting drought across the U.S., particularly in the Great Plains and California, the country is now experiencing its lowest level of drought in the 17 years since the U.S. Drought Monitor began its weekly updates. Less than 5 percent of the U.S. was in some stage of drought as of May 4, the most recent update, ...

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As droughts worsen, phones and radios lead way to water for Niger’s herders.

As climate change brings more unpredictable weather, good information can be a lifesaver for drought-hit pastoralists By Kieran Guilbert GUILOKI, Niger, May 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Moumouni Abdoulaye and his fellow herders in western Niger used to set off on scouting missions in search of water, they feared for their livestock – and for their own lives. Unable ...

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Swath of states experiencing hottest year to date.

For a swath of states from New Mexico over to Florida and up to Ohio, 2017 has been the hottest year on record through April. For the Lower 48 as a whole, the year is the second warmest in records going back to 1895. State temperature ranks for January through April 2017. Red states were record warm for the year ...

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