Obama signs renewal of drought info systemMarch 6, 2014 @ 2:01 pm (Updated: 2:10 pm - 3/6/14 )
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has signed into law a reauthorization of the National Integrated Drought Information System.
The law extends until 2018 a system that provides drought information to farmers, ranchers and others affected by the weather. It supports an early warning system for droughts, including monitoring and weather forecasting.
The reauthorization comes as California is suffering its worst drought in more than 100 years.
Obama says climate change is causing more intense weather-related disasters like droughts, floods and wildfires. He says it's even more important now to provide access to drought-related science and tools.
In a statement, Obama says his administration is "pursuing every measure" to provide relief to states affected by drought.
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