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Drought or Flood?Which One Will Hit Your Town?

Global warming brings flooding?and droughts. It all depends on where you live. The Western U.S. and the West Coast will continue to have droughts, due to lack of snow melt and a drop in rainfall. Meanwhile, massive flooding is predicted for the U.K. And now we know that the ocean rises higher on the coasts than it does in the "middle," making...

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Dust Bowl Early Sign of Global Warming

Using computer modeling, NASA has determined that the devastating Dust Bowl in the American Southwest during the 1930s, which helped to set off the Great Depression, was caused by some of the same forces that are driving global warming today.

NASA's computer model shows that a combination of colder-than-normal water in the tropical...

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Drowned Trees Reveal Past Drought

There are ancient trees submerged beneath Lake Tahoe, meaning the region was once much drier than it is now. Those trees are remnants of epic droughts over the centuries that lasted so long, they caused Lake Tahoe and other western lakes to drop 20 feet or more, allowing forests to grow where there is now water. And they could come again....

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Suburbs Make Drought Worse

Suburban strip malls, office buildings and other paved areas make droughts worse by blocking billions of gallons of rainwater from seeping through the soil to replenish ground water. Atlanta, which is the most rapidly sprawling metropolitan area, loses enough water to supply the average household needs of up to 3.6 million people a year. Boston...

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Giant Hoppers from Hell

Central Florida has been invaded by giant 4-inch grasshoppers that are immune to pesticides and taste too bad to be eaten by predators. The Eastern lubber is yellow with red and black markings. It?s too fat to fly, but it can jump high and long. It has five eyes, viselike jaws and ever-moving mouth parts, and if you bother one, it will spread...

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Drought Makes Bees Mean

Recent bee attacks in Arizona have convinced some experts that drought may be making thirsty bees more aggressive. They could be moving into populated areas looking for water. "This is a very real problem," says beekeeper Tom Martin, who thinks the situation will get worse if the drought continues. Three recent attacks, one of which killed a 46...

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Gray, Rainy Cityscapes

In black and white noir films from the ?40s, every day seems gray and rainy. It turns out cities make their own weather and yes, it does rain more often in major cities.

NASA researchers used their Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) to study "urban heat-islands" and see if they create more summer rain than normal over major...

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Drought Throughout U.S.?West Hit Hard

Drought and the wildfires that accompany it is spreading across the entire United States and hitting the Western states especially hard. Much of this is due to low snow accumulation during the previous winter months. The West especially counts on snow melt to provide enough water to last the rest of the year.

At this point, even heavy...

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Will Denver Burn?

Almost 90,000 acres have burned in wildfires in Colorado and now the out-of-control fire is headed for Denver. People still talk about the Chicago fire, a century ago, but no major city has burned for years. Will Denver burn?

Forest fires are not uncommon in Colorado but this one, started by sparks from a campfire, is the largest in...

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Mysteries in the Clouds

Tiny microbes could be controlling our weather in an attempt to survive, according to Dr. Bruce Moffett and his team from the University of East London. They believe the airborne bacteria may be behind the formation of clouds and rainfall. The ability to manipulate the environment in this way would help the microbes survive and multiply.

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Dreaded Dust Bowl Returns

The High Plains in southeastern Colorado were the heart of the 1930s Dust Bowl, and conditions today are as dry as they were 70 years ago. John Stulp, a wheat farmer, says, "We had to come out here with a chisel and chisel up these dirt clods, bring them up on the surface to keep the topsoil from blowing around." Stulp says his farm hasn't...

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Deaths in a Weather War

While India and Pakistan threaten to annihilate each other with nuclear bombs, both countries are rapidly losing a weather war caused by global warming. Sundeep Waslekar, director of the International Center for Peace Initiatives, says that even if the 2 countries make peace, it will only last a few years until water wars set off a full-scale...

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Atlanta Drinking Itself Dry

Charles Seabrook writes in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Federal water experts have presented data suggesting that metro Atlanta is taking all the water that Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River can provide, decades before it was forecast to have reached that limit.

If the assessment is verified by data being collected and...

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Water War With Mexico

Julie Watson writes in AP Latin America that this year, in fields in the drought-stricken Mexican state of Chihuahua, Mexican farmers are threatening a bitter fight for Rio Grande water that could affect relations between the United States and Mexico.

U.S. officials say that under a 1944 treaty, Mexico owes Texas farmers 1.5 million acre...

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Drought: Worst is Yet to Come

Jerry Bowen and Jim Axelrod write in that more than a third of America is now affected by months of drought and the worst is yet to come. While the government believes there will be improvement in the East and parts of the West by the end of July, conditions in the Southwest and High Plains are likely to remain as bad as any seen...

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Drought Brings Out Water Spies

Few residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey have read -- or can understand ? the new water restrictions and few authorities are enforcing them. So in communities across the region, sprinkler spies are ratting out their neighbors.

Officials in 14 area communities, including Philadelphia, say they have not issued any tickets for violating...

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U.S. Rivers at Historic Low

Rivers in the U.S. fell to historic low levels during the past months. Using U.S. Geological Survey data that tracks the flow of rivers nationwide, researchers have identified 59 points on 57 rivers that reached record low levels in March.

This analysis showed that 40 of those points also reached a record low in one of the months of...

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Worldwide Drought by 2025

More than 2.7 billion people will face severe water shortages by the year 2025 if the world continues consuming water at the same rate, the United Nations warns. A new report says that another 2.5 billion people will live in areas where it will be difficult to find enough water to meet their needs. The crisis is being blamed on mismanagement of...

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The Water Wars Begin

New Hampshire?s worst drought in 37 years has started a war over who controls underground water, as well as attacks on a bottled water company that wants to sell water from aquifers.

USA Springs wants to build a water bottling plant that would draw up to 439,000 gallons a day from the ground in Nottingham and Barrington, small towns in...

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Drought Emergency Throughout U.S.

States from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific are experiencing severe drought conditions. This nationwide drought is more serious than the usual dry spell. The entire state of Wyoming has been declared a drought disaster area, and large areas of the Southeast and the West are in danger of wildfires.

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Drought Devastates U.S.

Drought has engulfed nearly a third of the United States, which this summer may lead some of the worst water shortages in years.

It?s still far short of the 1930s Dust Bowl, when up to 70 percent of the country had no rain. However, unless there?s a rainy spring, some places in the East may face summer water problems as bad as the...

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