• Chef Rich McGeown prepares to cook the world's first lab-grown beef burger during a launch event in west London, August 5, 2013. The in-vitro burger, cultured from cattle stem cells, the first example of what its creator says could provide an answer to global food shortages and help combat climate change, was fried in a pan and tasted by two volunteers. The burger is the result of years of research by Dutch scientist Mark Post, a vascular biologist at the University of Maastricht, who is working to show how meat grown in petri dishes might one day be a true alternative to meat from livestock.The meat in the burger has been made by knitting together around 20,000 strands of protein that has been cultured from cattle stem cells in Post's lab. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ANIMALS FOOD) - RTX12AYV
    November 26, 2015  

    Americans eat three times the world average of beef each year. However, with each pound requiring more than 50 gallons of water, producers in drought-stricken California are looking to find other ways to get protein into our diets. Dr. James Hamblin, a senior editor at The Atlantic Magazine, reports. Continue reading

  • Parker Dam is shown in this photo taken April 16, 2015. The dam impounds Colorado River water into Lake Havasu (rear), where it is pumped into the Colorado Aqueduct for delivery to Southern California. The dam was built between 1934 -1938 and is operated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Photo taken April 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Sam Mircovich - RTX19QVV
    November 3, 2015  

    Across California, after years of punishing drought, reservoirs that normally fill canals and make crops bloom are greatly depleted or even empty. Some say that getting more water into storage by building more dams is key. But dams also create problems for native fish, and some see them as a waste of money that may not provide sufficient supply. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading

  • Reservoir banks that used to be underwater are seen at Millerton Lake, on the top of the Friant Dam in Friant, California, United States May 6, 2015. Photo by REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
    November 3, 2015   BY Spencer Michels 

    I’ve been covering California water issues a long time. As the years have gone by, the water wars have ebbed and flowed. Mostly flowed. Continue reading

  • Poseidon Water project manager Peter MacLaggen stands next to some reverse osmosis filters as work continues on the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad, California, April 14, 2015. Desalination has emerged as a newly promising technology in California in the face of a record dry spell that has forced tough new conservation measures, depleted reservoirs and raised the costs of importing fresh water from elsewhere. The biggest ocean desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere, a $1 billion project under construction since 2012 on a coastal lagoon in the California city of Carlsbad, is nearly completed and due to open in November, delivering up to 50 million gallons of water a day to San Diego County. To match Feature USA-DESALINATION/CALIFORNIA REUTERS/Mike Blake - RTR4XD0D
    October 31, 2015  

    San Diego is set to soon start supplying itself with millions of gallons a day of fresh, drinkable water, using saltwater from the Pacific Ocean, converted by a brand new desalination plant. As California’s historic drought continues, the plant will likely intensify the debate over the role of desalination may play in the state’s water supply. Special Correspondent Mike Taibbi reports. Continue reading

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    October 14, 2015  

    California’s giant sequoias are special. These massive trees stretch hundreds of feet and live for thousands of years. But they are also being stressed: requiring an enormous amount of water, they are showing signs of suffering through the state’s historic drought. Special correspondent Scott Shafer and producer Gabriela Quirós of KQED report. Continue reading

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    October 7, 2015  

    California is sinking, and sinking fast. As desperate farmers have turned to drilling to keep their crops green, the removal of groundwater is making the land settle inches lower at a sharp pace. In the Central Valley, that geological drop is actually increasing the flood risk. Nathan Halverson of Reveal for the Center of Investigative Reporting reports in conjunction with KQED. Continue reading

  • Firefighters search for victims in the rubble of a home burnt by the Valley Fire in Middletown, California, September 14, 2015. The Northern California wildfire ranked as the most destructive to hit the drought-stricken U.S. West this year has killed one woman and burned some 400 homes to the ground, fire officials said on Monday, and they expect the property toll to climb.  REUTERS/David Ryder - RTS1494
    September 16, 2015  

    The West’s potentially record-breaking wildfire season has burned more than 650,000 acres in California alone. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the science behind the flames. Continue reading

  • A fire fighter watches flames from a back fire at the Canyon Creek Complex Fire as a power line stands in the foreground in this handout photo taken August 17, 2015 and released to Reuters August 19, 2015. About a dozen large fires are burning across the state, threatening hundreds of structures, authorities said.  REUTERS/Gert Zoutendijk/Oregon State Fire Marshal/Handout ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. - RTX1OU5H
    August 19, 2015  

    More than a thousand firefighters and volunteers are struggling to gain control of a complex of fires in Washington state. The sheer number of fires burning across the Pacific Northwest and in California this year has stretched budgets and personnel to the limit. Now National Guard units and active duty Army troops are being deployed to help. William Brangham reports. Continue reading

  • Firefighters from the Washington National Guard battle the First Creek Fire in Chelan, Washington August 18, 2015. Dozens of wildfires burning across the drought-parched U.S. Northwest on Tuesday have destroyed scores of structures, sparked evacuation orders for thousands of people, and killed at least 27 wild horses.  REUTERS/David Ryder - RTX1OQFV
    August 19, 2015  

    William Brangham speaks to Ron Dunton, assistant director for Fire and Aviation at the Bureau of Land Management, about efforts to contain the staggering number of fires burning in the West this summer. Continue reading

  • A plume of smoke rises into the air from the Rocky fire near Clearlake, California on August 2, 2015. The fire grew rapidly overnight.
    August 3, 2015  

    A major wildfire continued to burn in Northern California for a sixth straight day, despite some relief from lower temperatures and higher humidity. The fire has already consumed more than 60,000 acres, including two dozen homes, and put at least 12,000 people under evacuation warnings. Jeffrey Brown looks at how California is coping with a dangerous fire season during a record drought. Continue reading

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