- Title: Bird's-eye view of a town in the middle of the California desert
- Date: 1st July 2021
- Summary: PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA, UNITED UNITED STATES (JUNE 29, 2021) (REUTERS) (MUTE) DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWING BOAT ON LAKE SURROUNDED BY HOMES IN MIDDLE OF DESERT DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWING TWO CARS PASSING EACH OTHER ON ROADWAY DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWING PARCHED AREA NEXT TO GREEN GOLF COURSE DRONE FOOTAGE OF HOMES WITH POOLS DRONE PAN OF GOLF COURSE IN DESERT DRONE PAN OF HOMES IN COMMUNITY IN DESERT DRONE FOOTAGE OF CARS ON ROAD DRIVING NEXT TO TOWN IN DESERT DRONE FOOTAGE OF HOUSES AND POOLS IN DESERT DRONE FOOTAGE OF GOLF COURSE IN DESERT
- Embargoed: 15th July 2021 00:34
- Keywords: California Palm Desert climate change drought dry conditions dry grass low water levels sand weather
- Location: PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Environment,United States,Weather
- Reuters ID: LVA001EJLHN47
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: An oasis in California shows homes with pools and green golf courses as the state is hit by droughts, what is a recurring natural hazard but made worse recently by an accumulation of extremely dry years for most of this century.
Scientists say human-influenced climate change has exacerbated the situation.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, facing a recall election, has issued a drought emergency proclamation for at least 41 of the state's 58 counties, empowering the state to take greater control over water resources.
But he so far has stopped short of measures taken by his predecessor Jerry Brown in 2015, when California ordered mandatory water use reductions that affected voters.
For now, water management mostly concerns agricultural businesses, which consume up to 80 percent of California's water. Some farmers are switching to less thirsty crops or letting land go fallow.
(Video: Aude Guerrucci; Production: Deborah Lutterbeck)
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