Iranians struggle under weight of sanctions, drought

Aug 29, 2018
Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urges government to work "day and night" on economic problems.
President Hassan Rouhani speaks at the Iranian Parliament in the capital Tehran, on August 28, 2018. - It was the first time Rouhani had been summoned by parliament in his five years in power, with MPs demanding answers on unemployment, rising prices and the collapsing value of the rial, which has lost more than half its value since April.

Building an agricultural empire in a land of drought

Feb 5, 2018
The Wonderful Company produced more pistachios and almonds than anyone else in the world. But to make money, they need water.
A Wonderful Company citrus orchard.
Photo courtesy of Trent Davis Bailey/The California Sunday Magazine

California's drought is all but over, but some wells are still dry

May 29, 2017
Some of the state's poorest residents are still shelling out a premium for water.
The hamlet of Okieville in California’s San Joaquin Valley has been hard hit by the state’s drought.
Sarah Craig

Water, water everywhere in California, but no way to hold onto it

Mar 22, 2017
California’s had one of the wettest winters on record — more than twice as much rain and snow as in an average year. That’s especially wild since we’re six years into a historic drought. But California doesn’t have enough dams, reservoirs or other storage. So instead of using it, all that precipitation just joins the […]

Washington state mulls plan to keep water flowing to high-value crops

Feb 17, 2017
Right now, farmers have little incentive to sell water to each other.
In a good year, Brad Carpenter's Yakima Valley  irrigation canals are full of water.
Aaron Wolf

Corn farmers looking ahead with 'nervous anticipation'

Jan 23, 2017
Corn farmer Keith Alverson says he and his peers are cautiously optimistic.
A corn field in South Dakota.
Lars Plougmann/Flickr

Snowpack means hope for drought-ridden farms

Jan 4, 2017
California is the largest food producer in the U.S.

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As fire season arrives, this could be hottest year ever

May 17, 2016
Fire seasons now are two months longer than they were 50 years ago.
The Rocky Fire burns near Clear Lake, California, in August of last year.
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Texas lake businesses booming again after long drought

May 12, 2016
Now that water levels are up, the businesses on Lake Travis are seeing better days.
From 2010 to 2015, Texas faced a severe drought. Lake Travis was down to one-third of its water levels. 
The Oasis

The underground story of what happens to wastewater

Feb 1, 2016
Conserving water in drought areas actually makes treating wastewater more difficult.
 A wastewater treatment plant is inundated by the Yazoo River floodwaters near Yazoo City, Mississippi.
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