Governor Gavin Newsom threatens to impose mandatory water restrictions if residents don't use less on their own as drought drags on and the hotter summer months approach.
Global heating to date of 1.2 degrees Celsius has shortened the so-called return period for the extreme heat of similar duration and intensity in South Asia to once a century, experts say in report.
Centre-left leader is sworn in as Australia's 31st prime minister, a few hours before flying out to attend an international security summit in Tokyo.
The $3.5 billion plan will fund four major programmes that include a variety of projects to capture carbon dioxide from the air and factories and then store it, says the Department of Energy.
Air pollution from industrial processes along with urbanisation drove a seven percent increase in pollution-related deaths from 2015 to 2019, according to scientists.
Authorities in several provinces, including Baghdad, ordered government offices to shut, while schools nationwide were closed due to the eighth dust storm to have lashed the country since mid-April.
Driven by gusting winds the fire reached a highway that is the only way out of the village of Chacon where some people have stayed to defend homes, officials say.
Water usage jumped nearly 19% in March, which was one of the driest months on record, officials say, as residents defy pleas for conservation.
Much of the southwestern US has been in the grips of drought for decades and warmer temperatures have combined with spring winds to make for dangerous fire conditions.
There is a 93% chance of at least one year between 2022-2026 becoming the warmest on record and dislodging 2016 from the top ranking, the UN warns.
Deforestation of the world’s largest tropical rainforest soared to record levels last month, destroying more than 1,000 square kilometres, nearly double the previous high.
Villagers in the southwestern American state have decided to defend their centuries-old homes, officials say, even though many of them are running low on resources such food and water.
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