The American West was once referred to as a place of endless opportunity: magnificent views, rich resources, and cities somehow formed from deserts.

Now destiny has turned an obvious accident into an obvious emergency.

A scorching drought, aggravated by climate change, is driing up at an alarming rate, fueling huge wildfires and deadly heat waves that is drying up one of the nation’s most important agricultural economies.

“I’m really concerned, I’m really worried,”Joe Del Bosque

“I’m really concerned, I’m really worried,” said Joe Del Bosque, who has grown melons and other plants in the Central Valley, Calif., since 1985.

That devastating drought is not exclusive to California; it is affecting almost the entire West.

2000s Australian drought

The 2000s drought in Australia, also known as the Millennium drought is said by some to be the worst drought recorded since European settlement.This drought affected most of southern Australia, (wikipedia)

NASA spinoff technologies

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CBS News

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Elaborately landscaped 427-acre city park in Providence, Rhode Island and a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is named after Roger Williams (wikipedia)

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Las Vegas Valley Water District

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Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

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A drought is an event of prolonged shortages in the water supply, whether atmospheric , surface water or ground water. A drought can last for months or years, (wikipedia)