Drier Dust Bowl: Waiting for relief in rural America

Washington Post: The water could start at any time. Every few hours, Anita Pointon refreshes the Web site that tells when it’s coming, because the work begins as soon as they know.

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Tinderbox Explodes in Wildfires Across Northwest

New York Times: A cool, wet spring that drew out luxuriant growth in parts of the Pacific Northwest, followed by a ferociously hot and dry early summer, has created a fire-season tinderbox across the Pacific Northwest that exploded over the past week with dozens of wildfires burning hundreds of thousands of acres and forcing thousands of residents from their homes. More than 3,500 people, including fire crews from all over the country and National Guard troops in Washington and Oregon, have been battling the…

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Activists say arrests made in protest at Utah tar sands mine project

Reuters: Sheriff’s deputies in Utah arrested nearly two dozen environmental protesters who chained themselves to fences and construction equipment on Monday at a tar sands mining project in the remote Book Cliffs mountains, an activist group said. The Tar Sands Resistance group said about 80 activists set up a “blockade” at the PR Springs mine to highlight what it said would be huge environmental damage if it goes ahead

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Indonesia: What is peat swamp, and why should I care?

Mongabay: Long considered an unproductive hindrance to growth and development, peat swamp forests in Southeast Asia have been systematically cleared, drained and burned away to make room plantations and construction. Now, as alternating cycles of fires and flood create larger development problems, while greenhouse gas emissions skyrocket, it is time to take a closer look at peat, and understand why clearing it is at best a very bad idea. What is a tropical peat swamp forest

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Despite California’s Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County

National Public Radio: This January, after the driest calendar year in California history, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency.

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Drought hinders California’s clean energy goals

Associated Press: California’s ongoing drought could complicate the state’s effort to combat global warming. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Sunday (http://bit.ly/1qTT5Ej ) that a drought stretching on for years could slash the amount of clean energy collected from the state’s dams and send emissions spewing from other sources.

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Rain-fed farms common, but India unique in letting bad rains wreak economic havoc

Quartz: Last week’s rains helped dispel some of the gathering economic clouds?. Though the storm has yet not passed, there is a collective sigh of relief, because poor rains would have meant higher inflation, lower GDP, commodity price swings and widespread human misery among India’s vast number of farmers and farm hands

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Crews make progress in calming massive Washington state wildfire

Reuters: A massive wildfire raging east of Washington state’s Cascade Mountains showed some sign of calming Sunday, with fire crews saying they had slowed the expansion of a wind-whipped blaze that destroyed about 100 homes and displaced hundreds of people. The Carlton Complex blaze did not grow overnight, the first time since the fire was triggered by lightning strikes six days ago that it showed any sign of abatement, local officials said. By early Sunday, the fire was still burning over 280,000 acres…

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Drought hinders state’s emissions goals

San Francisco Chronicle: No state has done more than California to fight global warming. But a deepening drought could make that battle more difficult and more expensive

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Late monsoon starts Indian farmer’s ‘journey to hell’

Reuters: Indian farmer Asghar Bhura scrapes a living by growing sugarcane, but this year’s late monsoon has left his tiny plot parched and he will earn nothing from his harvest. Bhura will have to go and work for a big grower to feed his family of six, making 250 rupees ($4.00) a day, as he did when India suffered its last severe drought in 2009

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