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California Dept of Insurance estimates wildfires losses at $1.05 billion.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:00
The California Department of Insurance said on Thursday its preliminary estimate for insured wildfire losses was $1.05 billion, based on claims received by the state’s eight largest insurers, adding that the numbers are expected to rise.

Bipartisan senate bill would authorize $100 million to help prevent Western wildfires.

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:00
As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires.

'If it's going to kill us, OK, we'll die': Villagers stand firm as Cambodian dam begins to fill.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
housands of people have already been relocated to make way for the dam, but around 100 families intend to stay on their land, despite intense pressure and the risk of inundation.

Bill would hit Nestle with $20M annual state bottled water tax.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would impose a per-gallon tax on bottled drinking water production in Michigan, a move which the state's largest water bottling company quickly called "inappropriate."

How Las Vegas aims to be the next Silicon Valley for water innovation.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
With millions in state funding, a new startup incubator has begun luring water innovators to Las Vegas.

4 questions about climate change and the California fires.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
Rising temperatures can make the U.S. West dangerously combustible. We saw it this year in California wine country.

Learning lessons from Northern California’s fires.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
After 10 stressful days, things are returning to normal — at least a new normal — for most of us.

No more doubt: Climate change hitting California.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
There can no longer be any doubt that man-made, worldwide climate change is greatly affecting California and will affect it much more in the next half century unless there’s major action.

How big water projects helped trigger Africa’s migrant crisis.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
Major dam and irrigation projects are drying up the wetlands that sustain life in the arid Sahel region of Africa. The result has been a wave of environmental refugees.

Interior clears California project with friends in high places.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
The Trump administration has cleared the way for a controversial project that would suck groundwater from under Southern California's Mojave Desert and sell it to water providers.

Will Northern California soon have Southern California's climate?

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
The Napa Valley wildfires are eerily similar to those that often flare up near Los Angeles.

Portugal's government faces no-confidence vote over forest fires.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00
A Portuguese opposition party launched a motion of no-confidence in the Socialist government on Tuesday over its failure to prevent the loss of human lives in this week’s lethal wildfires, the second such disaster in four months.

As drought makes harvests uncertain, Kenya’s farmers mull a seed change.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Using imported seed, "you are not sure if you will harvest enough to offset the costs" - so local seed is gaining ground, farmers say.

As water agencies cast votes, future of Delta tunnels remains unclear.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00
Urban and agricultural water districts have begun to take sides on whether they’ll fund the $17 billion Delta tunnels project, and it’s looking like economic concerns and not just environmental impacts could hamper it.

After an agonizing week on edge, good news for some Napa County residents.

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:00
The Atlas fire has burned more than 51,000 acres, killed six people and destroyed more than 300 homes. ButAs of late Sunday, the Atlas fire was 65 percent contained.

California wildfires, intense heat could be ‘new normal.'

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:00
As portrayed in novels, the California of the future is barely habitable. Brutal storms alternate with crushing droughts. Mudslides and wildfires create waves of climate change refugees.

US, states struggle to pay spiraling cost of fighting fires.

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:00
The long and brutal 2017 wildfire season is stressing the state and federal agencies that have to pay for the army of ground crews and machinery required to fight them.

Syrian bakers fight to maintain a tradition of excellence.

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:00
Despite a wheat crisis, a raging war, and saga of violence, these bakers are bringing their sweets to the world.

For Algeria's struggling herders, "drought stops everything."

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:00
Less rain and higher temperatures means herders in Algeria are increasingly struggling to make ends meet.

California’s wildfires aren’t “natural” — humans made them worse at every step.

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:00
We fuel them, we build houses by them, we ignite them.

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