Thursday, July 29

Drought

Drought, Human Rights, Iran, Iran water protests, News UK, Politics

There’s a water shortage in Iran as temperatures hit 120F. Security forces are firing on protesters to stop demonstrations.

Blazing heat and water shortages hit Iran in July, especially the province of Khuzestan. The situation prompted protests from angry locals, which have been harshly suppressed. Report say Iranian security forces used live ammunition and killed at least 8 people. LoadingSomething is loading. Iranian security fired live rounds at protestors amid ...
Drought, Fishing, Heat, Temperatures, Utah

Utah is encouraging people to catch up to twice the fish they’re normally allowed as rising water temperatures threaten to kill off supplies

Utah is loosening fishing restrictions as drought and hot temperatures threaten to kill fish. The state says the changes will allow anglers to "harvest additional fish prior to fish loss." Warm water has less dissolved oxygen. For fish, this can stunt growth, cause disease, and even kill. LoadingSomething is loading. Utah officials are loosenin...
Breaking, California, Drought, Gavin Newsom, Speed desk

CA Gov. Gavin Newsom asks California residents to cut water use by 15% as drought ravages the state

California Gov. Gavin Newsom asked residents of the Golden State Thursday to cut their water use by 15%. The move comes as drought conditions intensify across the western US. The state is encouraging locals to "do common sense things" like reducing the amount of time spent in the shower, Newsom said. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
California, Climate change, Drought, Heat wave, Power Grid, reservoir, Satellite Images, Science, West Coast, Wildfires

Images from space show California’s forests and lakes drying out in a record mega-drought

The climate crisis is bearing down hard on the western US.Historic drought and heat are converging on western states to create the perfect storm for depleted reservoirs, strained power grids, and rampant wildfires later this summer. The effects are so stark, you can see them from space.Satellite images show that the hills outside Los Angeles are significantly more parched, brown, and dry than they were this time last year. Drag the slider back and forth on the below image to see the difference."I'm worried about this summer," Kathleen Johnson, a paleoclimatologist at the University of California, Irvine, told The Guardian. "This current drought is potentially on track to become the worst that we've seen in at least 1,200 year...
Blackouts, California, Climate change, Drought, Heat wave, Power Grid, Science, Water Shortage, West Coast, Wildfires

Drought maps show the western US at its driest in 20 years — a ticking time bomb for even more fires and power failures

The western US was already withering in severe drought when a heat wave struck last week. Temperatures reached 116 degrees Fahrenheit in Las Vegas, 115 in Phoenix, and over 110 for eight days straight in Tucson. Daily highs shattered hundreds of records across the West, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency, saying the heat wave put "significant demand and strain on California's energy grid."The hottest months lie ahead, so this early extreme weather could foreshadow another devastating fire season. Last year's fires burned a record 4 million acres in California, 1.07 million in Oregon, and at least 713,000 in Washington.Current drought conditions across the West and Southwest are more widespread and...
Blackouts, California, Climate change, Drought, Heat wave, weekend BI US

California just avoided blackouts, but experts say the risk remains for the rest of the season

California just avoided potential blackouts after days of extreme heat. Experts say the high temperatures and drought conditions increase the risk of blackouts. Elevated temperatures are predicted throughout the summer. See more stories on Insider's business page. California avoided blackouts from the latest drought, but the threat is far from over for this summer, experts warned on Saturday.Power grids were under severe strain from from heat waves and low reservoir levels, and operators asked residents to conserve electricity to prevent the blackouts the state suffered in 2020.On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a ...
California, California Drought, California wildfires, Drought, Economy, Science, Visual Feature

Take a look at some of the lakes in California that have been swallowed up by the’megadrought’

California has been hit by a "megadrought" that has dried up key reservoirs in the state. Entire lakes have shrunk exponentially, leaving yachts and docks beached on dry land. Nearly 95% of the state is experiencing "severe drought" and is susceptible to wild fires. See more stories on Insider's business page. California is facing its worst drought in over four years.Over 37 million people have already been impacted by the "megadrought" and nearly 95% of the state has been classified as experiencing "Severe Drought," which puts the land in significant danger of wildfires, according to the National Integrated Drought Information Sys...
Climate change, Drought, energy, Heat wave, INSIDER Data, Power Grid

Western US power grids are straining to keep up as sweltering heatwaves persist

Sweltering heatwaves in the Western US are straining power grids. Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency, asking residents to reduce energy use. Grid operators say the grid is in better shape to withstand surging demands than in previous years. See more stories on Insider's business page. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on Thursday as its power grid struggles to match rising demand. Heat waves continue to ravage the region, pushing temperatures as high as 107 degrees Fahrenheit in Salt Lake City.The California Independent System Operator (California ISO), the corporation in charge of runn...
California, Climate change, Colorado River, Drought, Heat wave, Power Plants, reservoir, Science, Water Shortage

Photos show historically low reservoirs across California as drought and a heat wave threaten power plants

California's reservoirs are shriveling up as drought and an early heat wave afflict the state. The water levels are so low that a key hydroelectric power plant will likely have to shut down for the first time ever this summer.That's because the state's second-largest reservoir, Lake Oroville, has fallen to "alarming levels," a California Energy Commission spokesperson told CNN on Thursday. Houseboats are a...