Five UK counties in the grip of drought

Five UK counties in the grip of drought

Parts of England are officially in a drought following the dry spring, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said.Areas of East Anglia are in drought, with parts of the Midlands, South West and South East in a “near-drought” state. In

Wildfires burn across North America

Wildfires burn across North America

Smoke from Arizona fires, including the Wallow Fire, continued traveling toward the northeast on June 8, 2011. As the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image at 12:10 Central Daylight Time, thick…

Bean sprouts may be behind E. coli outbreak

Bean sprouts may be behind E. coli outbreak

German-grown bean sprouts have been identified as the most likely potential source of the deadly E. coli outbreak in the north of Germany, authorities said on Sunday. There was no definite proof as yet but "a connection has been found involving all the main…

South Florida’s Lake Okeechobee at lowest level in 4 years

South Florida’s Lake Okeechobee at lowest level in 4 years

The water level in Lake Okeechobee has fallen below 10 feet above sea level for the first time since 2007.  The lake fell to 9.96 feet Saturday morning.  South Florida is experiencing a drought. The rainy season began May 26 but it’s off to a slow start.National

China: Rain quenches thirst of areas hit by drought

China: Rain quenches thirst of areas hit by drought

Rain in Central and South China is expected to drench drought-hit regions over the next three days, which could help to ease the dry spell, but experts warned the local public to prepare for heavy rains and even floods.At least light to moderate rains would

Texas suffers from “exceptional” drought

Texas suffers from “exceptional” drought

A report released Thursday from a consortium of national climate experts said Texas saw the highest levels of drought over the last week — rated as "exceptional" — jump from 43.97 percent of the state to 50.65 percent of the state. Devastating drou

China admits Three Gorges Dam has ‘urgent problems’ as drought persists

China admits Three Gorges Dam has ‘urgent problems’ as drought persists

Chinese government has said the Three Gorges Dam – the world’s largest hydropower plant – is having “urgent problems,” warning of environmental, construction and migration “disasters” amid the worst drought to hit southern China in 50 years. China’s State Council,

France on drought alert after hottest spring since 1900

France on drought alert after hottest spring since 1900

France is now on heatwave alert after the hottest spring since 1900 has left water tables down and farmers struggling to feed their livestock. The Health Ministry has put into effect level one of an anti-drought plan that was drawn up after 15,000 people died in the

Iran’s largest lake turning to salt

Iran’s largest lake turning to salt

 The long popular lake, home to migrating flamingos, pelicans and gulls, has shrunken by 60 percent and could disappear entirely in just a few years, experts say — drained by drought, misguided irrigation policies, development and the damming of rivers