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California regulators are planning to stop thousands of farmers from taking water out of the state’s major rivers and streams because of a worsening drought. The Sacramento Bee reported that the State Water Resources Control Board will vote on the “emergency curtailment” order Aug. 3. If approved, it would take effect about two weeks later. There would be exceptions for drinking water and other needs. Click here to continue reading


Ethiopia has completed the filling of a massive, controversial dam on the Blue Nile river for a second year, state media has said, a move that is likely to anger Egypt and Sudan who have long opposed the project. Addis Ababa has said the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a $4bn hydropower project, is crucial to its economic development and to provide power. Click here to continue reading

Calgary Herald

Areas of Lethbridge are crawling with grasshoppers after weeks of hot temperatures sped up population growth, leaving residents struggling to get a grasp on what to do. Lethbridge resident Trevor Lewis lives in Garry Station, where he said the infestation is particularly dense. Two weeks ago, he said the leaves on the roses in his garden were stripped by the grasshoppers. Click here to continue reading

The Guardian

Rescuers in India combed through mud and debris on Saturday in a desperate search for survivors as the death toll from heavy monsoon rains climbed to 115, with nearly 90,000 people evacuated. Torrential downpours have lashed India’s western coast in recent days, leaving dozens missing near the financial capital of Mumbai and causing the worst floods in decades in the resort state of Goa. Click here to continue reading

Red Deer Advocate

Thousands of residents fled flooded communities and swollen rivers in the Philippine capital and outlying provinces Saturday after days of torrential monsoon rains, which left at least one villager dead, officials said. Click here to continue reading

CTV News

Emergency crews continue to fight multiple wildfires in southwest Alberta, including one over 100 hectares in size near Rocky Mountain House. Wildfire information officer Derrick Forsythe says the battle is getting bigger as the weather stays hot and dry. Click here to continue reading

Global News

The City of Edmonton’s Touch the Water Promenade Project is a proposed river valley revamp years in the making. The overall project while still just in its design phase would see the development of new visitor friendly amenities such as paths and walkways along the North Saskatchewan river’s north shore area from government house to just past the Walterdale Bridge. Click here to continue reading

CBC News

After a year of preparation, training and modifying a kayak, a Calgary woman who's paralyzed from the chest down took on a set of white water rapids west of the city on Sunday. A whole crew of helpers were watching her every move. Click here to continue reading

CTV News

Firefighters are asking Edmontonians to stay clear of the North Saskatchewan River as a release of water from the Bighorn Dam is expected to increase water flow and levels. Fire officials say river water could move swiftly, creating unsafe conditions for anyone, including pets, to be near or on it. Click here to continue reading

Global News

Help is on the way for Canadian farmers and ranchers severely affected by this year’s drought. Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced several of steps Thursday following a tour of Manitoba’s Interlake Region to see how extreme weather is leading to crop losses, affecting crop quality, and reducing forage and water supplies for livestock. Click here to continue reading

Red Deer Advocate

Venice and its lagoon environment avoided placement on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in danger Thursday following Italy’s ban on massive cruise ships traveling through the city’s historic center. Preservation groups immediately criticized the decision by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. Click here to continue reading