RedskyNews Category: Drought & Fires

California Droughts To Get Worse


California is now well into its fourth consecutive year of drought. This is not without consequences. Tensions in the state have mounted as urban and agricultural water users become increasingly stressed by water shortages — but we can’t blame the

Mexico Suffers Worst Drought Ever


MEXICO CITY, Feb 7, 2012 (Tierramérica) – As half of Mexico endures one of the most severe droughts in its history, cloud seeding appears to be a promising way to bring desperately needed rain, although it remains a source of

Drought Victims Recieve $2.6 Billion


Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Tuesday announced a 2.6-billion-dollar program to help victims of a record drought, including food and water handouts, as rural victims protested in the capital. The “unprecedented sum would attend to a catastrophic situation in Mexico,”

Food Aid Suspended In Somalia


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it had suspended food distribution to 1.1 million people in central and southern Somalia after Al Shabaab militants blocked deliveries in parts of the famine-hit country. The independent humanitarian

Tanzania Drought Turns To Floods


DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AlertNet) – Pius Yanda, one of the authors of a recent report on extreme weather by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), has a knowledge of his subject that goes beyond the academic. Yanda, a

Drought Kills Half A Billion Trees

A man walks along Lake Travis after water receded during a drought  in Austin, Texas September 10, 2011. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

The massive drought that has dried out Texas over the past year has killed as many as half a billion trees, according to new estimates from the Texas Forest Service. “In 2011, Texas experienced an exceptional drought, prolonged high winds,

Climate Kills 1000’s African Trees


Trees are dying in the Sahel, a region in Africa south of the Sahara Desert, and human-caused climate change is to blame, according to a new study led by a scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. “Rainfall in the

Red Tide Shuts Oyster Industry


PORT LAVACA, Texas – In better days, the loading dock in this East Texas harbor city would be a bustle of activity: fishermen unloading sacks filled with fresh oysters, dealers paying by the sack for the bivalves, 18-wheelers hauling them

Mexico Is Becoming A Dustbowl


At least five states in Mexico’s northwest say they are on the verge of disaster following the worst drought in living memory. Peter Greste in Mexico: “Some areas haven’t seen a drop of rain since last August.” On Thursday the

Burning Hail Struck India In 1991


At Redsky News on 24th December 2010, we received an eyewitness account of burning hail striking the Chittagong area of India in the 1990’s. An email describing this event was sent to our office by Nakul Jana who is an