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Drought-stricken western U.S. headed for water crisis as another dangerous fire season looms

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters that federal fire officials had warned to prepare for an extremely active fire year with several types of drought converging in the West this year, and "wildland fires now extend throughout the entire year, burning hotter and growing more catastrophic in drier conditions due to climate change."... Read more»

Federal forecast finds no relief in sight for drought-stricken West

Blue skies will smile on the American West for the next several months, according to federal meteorologists — bad news for a region already mired in a multiyear drought. Currently, the entire state of Arizona is experiencing some form of drought. ... Read more»

Investors now can bet on California’s water, helping agriculture withstand dry spells

A new first of its kind futures market could allow water users to recoup losses if the price of water spikes by allowing investors and farmers alike to bet on how much water in California will cost on a future date. ... Read more»


Despite climate threats, landscape may shelter some saguaros

A study of saguaros on Tucson's Tumamoc Hill using a half-century of data may help researchers understand how topography may help some of the Sonoran Desert's iconic giants endure a hotter, drier future. ... Read more»