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Some Scientists Coined a New Name for Summer: ‘Danger Season’

Hurricanes, heat, fires, smoke, drought. Is it time to stop making the hottest part of the year seem cool?

‘Flash Droughts’ Are the Midwest’s Next Big Climate Threat

New research shows that dry weather is coming on more quickly than before, with little advance warning. It could devastate farmers.

How Does a Newt Cross the Road? With Lots of Human Help

Brigades of volunteers are coming to the rescue of thousands of Pacific newts that perish each year as they migrate to their breeding grounds.

How Preserving Agave Could Help Save an Endangered Bat

Climate change and overgrazing are destroying the plants on which the Mexican long-nosed bat depends. Now, an initiative is trying to restore the balance.

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

An extraordinary drought in the West, plus dry lakes and reservoirs, mean there will be less water for farms, hydroelectric energy, and home users.

Which Crops Can Survive Drought? Nanosensors May Offer Clues

The technique can be used to track how water flows through plants—which could be key to breeding more resilient crops in an increasingly hot, dry climate.

Are Avocados Toast?

What will we eat in 2050? California farmers are placing bets.

California’s Water Whiplash Is Only Going to Get Worse

Get ready for more dramatic shifts between severe drought and record-breaking rainfall.

Can Humans Survive on Water Vapor Alone?

Technologies like hydropanels could keep us hydrated in a hotter, drier future.

California Overcame 1/100 Odds to Beat Its Epic Drought

According to new research, the state had a 1 percent chance getting enough rain in just two years to end its epic drought.

Why Is Oroville a Big Deal? Look at All the Places That Need Its Water

Keeping California properly hydrated requires some of the most complicated plumbing in the world.

A Wet Winter Is Overwhelming California’s Ancient Infrastructure

More than a month of storms have pushed California's water infrastructure to its limits. And another series of storms is set to hit tomorrow.

From Theranos to Space Waves, These Were the 9 Biggest Science Stories of 2016

This year was an eventful one for science—physics, climate science, public health threats, you name it.

Happy Droughtiversary, California!

October 1st is the beginning of California's water year. Here's how the state's water situation is currently looking.

Maybe the West's Water Wars Aren't as Bad as You Think

A new book by author John Fleck argues that the American west is starting to grow out of its water-warring past.

SoCal's Massive Water Agency Grabs Up Land on NorCal's Wettest River

Southern California's huge water agency hopes that buying four islands east of San Francisco will secure its future water resources.

Even Indoor Kids Should Worry About California's 30 Million Dead Trees

Drought, sudden oak death, and bark beetle are turning the Golden State's forests into kindling.

Oh Thank Goodness Donald Trump Knows How to Fix the Drought

The orange one believes he can fix California's tangled water crises by letting a "certain kind of three inch fish" go extinct. Nope.

Thanks El Niño, But California’s Drought Is Probably Forever

Even if you can't define a drought, you should by now know exactly what one looks like: California.

The $2.4 Billion Plan to Water California by Draining the Mojave

Scott Slater wants to pump billions of gallons to LA and other drought-hit cities—and make $2.4 billion in the process.

Drought, Anti-Vaxxers, and Cancer Made For a Great 2015

Looking at the top stories from the WIRED science team this year, you might get the feeling that we're a little down on the future of planet Earth.

Smart Sprinkler Checks the Weather to Avoid Wasting Water

A timer that turns your sprinkler on during a rainstorm isn't very smart. But what if your sprinkler knew when it was going to rain.

Devastating Chart Shows Why El Niño Won't Fix the Drought

No matter how wet the winter, California farms pump more water than rainfall can replace.

Let's Rate the Dumbest Solutions to California's Drought

Do any of the water conservation methods that people have come up with hold water?