Drought is upon the American West — with major implications for human health, biodiversity, agriculture, food security, supply chains, cities, land use, and the most very basic of human rights.
This is a story now only worsened by a climate emergency, which has brought higher temperatures, more extreme conditions, and heightened risks.
Fires, droughts, power outages, competition over water, and ecosystem collapse all result. Western droughts are becoming longer, more intense, and more frequent.
But as water scarcity sweeps the West, many see this as the imperative moment for rapid innovation in agriculture, technology, nature-based systems, and policy to manage dwindling supplies.
Watch Drought in the American West, a special convening of journalists, experts, and others on the front lines in this interactive broadcast and Q&A.
Including Bidtah Becker, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority; Giulio Boccaletti, Author, Water: A Biography; Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute; Dr. Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute; Cody Pope, Vector Center; Susana De Anda, Community Water Center; Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times; Hon. Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; Andre Fourie, Anheuser-Busch InBev; J. Carl Ganter, Circle of Blue and Vector Center.
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Situational awareness of climate, drought, and water resources for Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.
St. George, Utah, faces an increasing demand, while its only water source is being drained by overuse and drought.
Despite their historically conservative political stance, the majority of hunters and anglers blame human actions for climate change, and want to see change.
An Arizona copper miner tried to sell Saudi Arabia’s king “American desert farming expertise” in the 1940s. He succeeded, but now the state faces water-driven consequences.
Satellite images reveal the rapid depletion of major reservoirs across the American West.
As environmental and political pressure builds over reducing water use in the Colorado River, basin states fail to reach an agreement. Deadlines have passed and federal action is coming.
The effects of climate change have been felt throughout the northeastern U.S. with rising sea levels, heavy precipitation and storm surges causing flooding and coastal erosion. But this summer has brought another extreme: Severe drought.
Data from 45 burned sites help researchers better understand climate change and wildfires’ impact on snowpack.
As nearly the entire state faces drought, farmers struggle to make ends meet.
The debate over how to treat water—as a public resource or an investment tool—is escalating as climate change accelerates the water crisis in the West.
Rising temperatures are digging the American West and other arid regions into a deeper and deeper hole.
As drought ravages the west, friction between Colorado and Nebraska illustrates how century-old laws can create modern day conflicts between basin states.
Severe drought in northern Mexico is causing conflict in waterless communities. Their struggle could soon make its way across the border.
The seven Colorado River basin states have until mid-August to come up with a plan to drastically cut their water use. If state leaders fail to devise a plan, they could face a federal crackdown.
Heat-related illness and death are a growing problem in US agriculture, but OSHA still hasn’t established national safety guidelines.
Over the past few years, water disputes have become more common in California. Conflicts can end up hurting small, community-based farming.
Amid the climate crisis and unprecedented drought, Civil Eats examines the industrial dairy industry’s impact on groundwater in the state, as well as on low-income residents, communities of color, and small-scale farms.
More than 1 in 10 Americans get some, if not all, of their municipal water from the Colorado River Basin. It’s drying up, putting our food and economy at grave risk.
John Oliver discusses the water shortage in the American west, how it’s already impacting the people who live there, and what God has to say about it.
The nation’s fastest-growing and second-driest state had a banner year for water conservation as it plays catch-up to the rest of the West.
In a Q&A with ProPublica, experts describe how a new climate reality threatens the Southwest, the fastest growing region in the U.S.