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Europe braces for blistering temperatures in early heat wave

A number of Western European nations are set to experience record temperatures for the time of year on Saturday, with forest fires breaking out in several locations amid dry conditions. The unseasona...

California cuts grass watering down as drought dries West

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Grass in office parks, on college campuses or in some California neighborhoods will go brown this summer after state water officials adopted a ban Tuesday on watering certain...

Severe Brazil drought reignites debate over daylight saving

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dyane Rodrigues used to enjoy strolling along Rio de Janeiro's iconic Ipanema beach after a hot summer's day. Daylight saving time meant her workday went by faster, and ended ear...

EXPLAINER: How California could recall Gov. Gavin Newsom

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California recall election that could remove first-term Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office wraps up Tuesday. Nearly 8 million mail-in ballots — the form of voting most Cal...

EXPLAINER: How California could recall Gov. Gavin Newsom

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California recall election that could remove first-term Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office wraps up Tuesday. Nearly 8 million mail-in ballots — the form of voting most Cal...

Inconvenient truth: Droughts shrink hydropower, pose risk to global push to clean energy

SACRAMENTO, Calif./BRASILIA/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Severe droughts are drying up rivers and reservoirs vital for the production of zero-emissions hydropower in several countries around the globe, in som...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 15 The Guardian on U.S. President Joe Biden, China and Europe: It is 50 year...

Taiwan eases water curbs for central, southern regions

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Authorities have partially lifted water restrictions throughout Taiwan after several days of heavy rains amid one of the worst droughts in recent memory exacerbated by the...

Central Taiwan to end water rationing

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taichung Mayor Lu Show-yen (盧秀燕) said on Sunday (June 6) that the central government has now lifted the water-rationing measure that had been in place in the city for near...

Tropical Storm Choi-wan weakens into depression near south Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As thunder showers battered Taipei City and Nantou County, and Tropical Storm Choi-wan weakened into a depression close to the island’s southern tip Friday (June 4) ...

Taiwanese man with no water goes to his sister’s house to shower, catches COVID

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The drought in Taiwan is wreaking havoc in new ways every day, as a Changhua County man living in a water-rationed area recently caught COVID-19 after showering at his sis...

Taiwan’s Hsinchu more concerned about pandemic than water shortage

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Major semiconductor companies at Hsinchu Science Park have said they are more concerned about the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Taiwan than the ongoing drought. On Wednes...

Taiwan’s Hsinchu could face water rationing if drought worsens

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Water Resources Agency (WRA) on Wednesday decided that it will carry out water rationing in the Hsinchu area if the drought situation fails to improve. I...

Swimming pools, saunas closed in parts of Taiwan amid drought

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The southern city of Tainan is closing all swimming pools, saunas, and car washing services as part of its water conservation efforts amid the ongoing drought, Mayor Huang...

Drowning death likely linked to water rationing in central Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Police in Taichung are looking into a possible link between a man’s drowning death and water-rationing measures currently in effect in the region. As the drought ...