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Drought

This year’s monsoon has been one of Arizona’s wettest

Arizona’s monsoon season officially ends Sept. 30, and this year’s rains already have made 2021 among the highest on record. The season, which begins June 15, started off fairly dry, but once the monsoon rains arrived, they broke records in some areas of the state, Arizona State Climatologist Erinanne Saffell said. By the end of

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Brazil water survey heightens alarm over extreme drought

The Brazilian scientists were skeptical. They ran different models to check calculations, but all returned the same startling result. The country with the most freshwater resources on the planet steadily lost 15% of its surface water since 1991. Gradual retreat in the Brazilian share of the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland, left water covering

Science

Only 17 percent of free-flowing rivers are protected, new research shows

The percentage of free-flowing river kilometers that are within protected areas within major river basins (Level 4 basins, as defined by HydroSHEDS). Credit: World Wildlife Fund. New science about the fate of freshwater ecosystems released today by the journal Sustainability finds that only 17 percent of rivers globally are both free-flowing and within protected areas, leaving many of

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California expands drought emergency to large swath of state

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday expanded a drought emergency to a large swath of the nation’s most populous state while seeking more than $6 billion in multiyear water spending as one of the warmest, driest springs on record threatens another severe wildfire season across the American West. The Democratic governor said he is acting

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Arizona farmers to bear brunt of cuts from Colorado River

Arizona is prepared to lose about one-fifth of the water the state gets from the Colorado River in what could be the first federally declared shortage in the river that supplies millions of people in the U.S. West and Mexico, state officials said Thursday. Arizona stands to lose more than any other state in the

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