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Iraqi Merchants Struggle on Amid Series of Strong Sandstorms

BAGHDAD (AP) — The thick layer of dust blanketing the sky did not deter Muhammed Ghalib from walking to work in Baghdad’s main commercial district on Monday, as the latest in an unrelenting series of intense sandstorms swept Iraq. The …

Las Vegas Water Intake Now Visible at Drought-Stricken Lake Mead

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A massive drought-starved reservoir on the Colorado River has become so depleted that Las Vegas now is pumping water from deeper within Lake Mead where other states downstream don’t have access. The Southern Nevada Water Authority …

Three Men Sentenced in Georgia Forced Farm Labor Investigation

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) _ Three men have been sentenced to federal prison as part of a broad investigation into what authorities said was a wide-ranging conspiracy to bring workers from Central America to the United States for forced labor on …

Tired of Waiting for Driverless Vehicles? Head to a Farm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For years Americans have been told autonomous technology was improving and that driverless vehicles were just around the corner. Finally they’re here, but to catch a glimpse of them, you’ll need to go to a …

UN: Droughts, Less Water in Europe as Warming Wrecks Crops

LA HERRADURA, Spain (AP) — “Herders and farmers have their feet on the ground, but their eyes on the sky.” The old saying is still popular in Spain’s rural communities who, faced with recurrent droughts, have historically paraded sculptures of …

Beekeepers Turn to Anti-Theft Technology as Hive Thefts Rise

WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — For a few frenzied weeks, beekeepers from around the United States truck billions of honeybees to California to rent them to almond growers who need the insects to pollinate the state’s most valuable crop. But as …

Dry Winter Drains Reservoirs, Ruins Crops in Spain, Portugal

ACEREDO, Spain (AP) — Roofs peeking out of the water have become a common sight every summer at the Lindoso reservoir in northwestern Spain. In especially dry years, parts would appear of the old village of Aceredo, submerged three decades …

Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in Michigan Farm’s Beef

Beef produced at a small Michigan farm was found to contain toxic “forever chemicals” after the cattle were fed crops grown with fertilizer made from contaminated wastewater biosolids, state officials said Friday. A consumption advisory issued by state agencies stopped …

US Crop Insurance Payouts Rise Sharply as Climate Change Worsens Droughts, Floods

Insurance payments to U.S. farmers for crops lost to droughts and flooding have risen more than threefold over the past 25 years, according to an analysis of federal data by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released on Thursday. The report …

Wineries, Farms Eligible for Last-Ditch California Insurance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)–Napa wineries and others hard-hit by massive wildfires in California’s wine country and elsewhere will soon be able to tap into the state’s insurance plan of last resort, officials said Friday. Hundreds of farmers, ranchers, wine growers and …