The ‘Taylor Swift effect’ aims to provide water during Brazil’s life-threatening heat waves

[ad_1] RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian climatologist Núbia Beray Armond for years had been sounding the alarm about Rio de Janeiro’s need for an extreme heat plan including water distribution. Interest was tepid until a disastrous Taylor Swift concert — and now her phone won’t stop ringing. A stifling heat wave blanketed southeast Brazil the … Read more

Drought pinched Louisiana’s crawfish harvest, but mudbug fans are weathering the shortage

[ad_1] BATON ROUGE, La. — In Jeff Pohlmann’s 39 years of selling crawfish in Louisiana he has never seen the industry face such an abysmal shortage of “mudbugs.” Driven by last summer’s drought, extreme heat, saltwater intrusion on the Mississippi River and a hard winter freeze, the nation’s top producer of crawfish harvested a fraction … Read more

Red Wings beat Sabres 4-1, ending 7-game losing streak to boost chance at a wild-card spot

[ad_1] DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings earned a desperately needed win in their quest to make the playoffs for the first time in eight years and pushed Buffalo a little lower in the standings, increasing the Sabres’ chances of extending the NHL’s longest active postseason drought. Patrick Kane scored a tiebreaking goal late in … Read more

Mississippi Senate votes to change control of Jackson’s troubled water system

[ad_1] JACKSON, Miss. — For the second year in a row, the Mississippi Senate has passed a bill that would transfer control of the state capital city’s troubled water system to a regional board. Republican Sen. David Parker of Olive Branch introduced a slightly modified version of the bill after last year’s version died in … Read more

Ethiopia’s Tigray region is now peaceful, but extreme hunger afflicts its children

[ad_1] NEBAR HADNET, Ethiopia — The cruel realities of war and drought seem to have merged for Tinseu Hiluf, a widow living in the arid depths of Ethiopia‘s Tigray region who is raising four children left behind by her sister’s recent death in childbirth. A two-year war between federal troops and regional forces killed one … Read more

Violence is battering Haiti’s fragile economy and causing food and water shortages

[ad_1] PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Rotting fruit, withered vegetables, empty water jugs and spent gas canisters now stock the stores and stands that serve Haiti‘s poor — a consequence of the unrelenting gang attacks that have paralyzed the country for more than a week and left it with dwindling supplies of basic goods. The terrifying violence … Read more

Game-time guacamole may get harder to make as climate reduces avocado shipments from Mexico

[ad_1] MEXICO CITY — Guacamole, a favored game-time snack in the United States, may be getting harder to make because a lack of rain and warmer temperatures have resulted in fewer avocados being shipped from Mexico. The western state of Michoacan, which supplies almost 90% of the creamy textured fruit used in the Super Bowl … Read more