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The Colorado River drought crisis: How did this happen? Can it be fixed?

The Colorado River is in crisis. The problem has been building for decades but has come to a head in recent years because the major reservoirs on the river have fallen to dangerously low levels, prompting the Biden administration to call for unprecedented cuts in water usage among the 40 million people who rely on …

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Rising temperatures break more than 1,300 records in US amid severe heatwave

Daily, monthly and all-time records fell as the country endured another brutal week of heat The intense heatwave that hit California this week has sent temperatures skyrocketing, leaving many areas facing brutally hot conditions for days on end. The intensity of this heatwave was unrivalled — as daily, monthly and even all-time heat records were …

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California faces weather threats from fires to floods

LOS ANGELES — Forces were beginning to collide in California on Thursday as wildfires threatened communities, an epic heat wave stressed the electrical grid and as moisture from a tropical storm was expected to bring thunderstorms and floods along with cooling. Firefighters struggled to control major wildfires in Southern California and the Sierra Nevada that …

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Northern California heat wave may go down as worst in history

The nearly weeklong heat wave blasting the West with record-setting temperatures could go down as the worst hot spell in Northern California for the month of September, and perhaps all time. While the month is generally one of the state’s warmest, particularly in the Bay Area, the unprecedented heat is heightened by climate change, scientists …

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Europe was once green and water-rich. Now, it’s more and more like California

MANE, France — Each spring and summer, Frederic Esniol plants millions of seeds for lettuce sold at big grocery chains, making his family farm a jewel of this historically bountiful region of France.But this year, a menacing combination of dry skies and record-setting heat has ruined about half of his water-hungry crop, threatening the 270-acre …

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Flashbacks: Charred California town no stranger to wildfire

WEED, Calif. — Her home destroyed, dog missing, and 10-year relationship with her boyfriend recently ended – all Naomi Vogelsang could do on Saturday was sit outside of a Northern California wildfire evacuation center with $20 in her pocket, waiting for a ride to the casino. “It can’t be any worse,” she said. Vogelsang is …

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California Approves a Wave of Aggressive New Climate Measures

After lobbying by the governor, lawmakers adopted $54 billion in climate spending and voted to keep open the state’s last nuclear plant. California, with an economy that ranks as the world’s fifth-largest, embarked this week on its most aggressive effort yet to confront climate change, after lawmakers passed a flurry of bills designed to cut …

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