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September 19, 2014

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6:04 PM | Stunning Satellite View of California’s Massive King Fire. With Climate Change, We Should Expect More Such Views
California’s King Fire continues to blaze out of control in heavy timber and steep terrain in Eldorado National Forest north of the community of Pollock Pines. The fire ignited Saturday and spread with breathtaking speed through a landscape desiccated by hot temperatures and California’s profound and record-breaking drought. So far, the King Fire has scorched […]The post Stunning Satellite View of California’s Massive King Fire. With Climate Change, We Should Expect […]
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6:04 PM | Stunning Satellite View of California’s Massive King Fire. With Climate Change, We Should Expect More Such Views
California’s King Fire continues to blaze out of control in heavy timber and steep terrain in Eldorado National Forest north of the community of Pollock Pines. The fire ignited Saturday and spread with breathtaking speed through a landscape desiccated by hot temperatures and California’s profound and record-breaking drought. So far, the King Fire has scorched […]The post Stunning Satellite View of California’s Massive King Fire. With Climate Change, We Should Expect […]

September 18, 2014

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6:00 PM | California Wildfires Burn Out of Control: Photos
Nearly 6,000 firefighters have been called in to battle 12 fires raging out of control across California.

September 17, 2014

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9:21 PM | What to Know About California’s New Groundwater Law
Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will require the first-ever rules for pumping groundwater in California. Here's why lawmakers and the governor acted, and what the new laws mean.

September 16, 2014

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4:16 PM | ‘Eskimo1′ gene helps plants survive drought conditions
Genetic modification (GM) has been a hot topic for the past couple of decades, and with scaremongering over ‘Frankenstein foods’ you’d be forgiven for thinking that GM is only being used to produce horrifying steroid-addled mutant plants, which will one day develop a taste for human flesh and take over the Earth (like in Day…

Xu F, Liu Z, Xie H, Zhu J, Zhang J, Kraus J, Blaschnig T, Nehls R & Wang H (2014). Increased Drought Tolerance through the Suppression of ESKMO1 Gene and Overexpression of CBF-Related Genes in Arabidopsis., PloS one, 9 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25184213

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September 15, 2014

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7:01 AM | Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California
California water districts are eyeing a potential new source of water: trees. After a century of fire suppression, Sierra Nevada forests are more dense than ever before. And those pine trees are taking up a lot of water that might otherwise run off into California rivers.

September 13, 2014

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2:03 PM | Political and Weather Climates are Changing, But at What Speed?
The weather in Washington, D.C. finally turned hot in September, just in time for Congress to resume. We enjoyed an unusually moderate summer this year, with many days topping out in the high seventies or low eighties. Plenty of sun. San Diego weather, you might say. Before September, we were missing about two full weeks…

September 09, 2014

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12:36 AM | Napa quake causes groundwater surges in several places
Earthquakes can disturb hydrologic balance. In this case, it is a welcome side effect. Surprise bonanza since Napa quake: dry creeks now flowing – SFGate. Spring water spurts out of rocks and trickles down the moss- and vine-covered cliffs in Solano County’s Green Valley – an oasis in a canyon that was parched by drought… Source: Doubtful News

September 08, 2014

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4:30 PM | Varying Water Levels at a Few Reservoirs in California
When MOH and I drove to Butt Valley Reservoir a couple weeks ago, we were surprised by the lake low lake level: it looked lower than we remembered seeing it, although we haven't been frequenting the area routinely for several years.Standing on a wider-than-usual beach near the boat ramp on the east shore, looking south. The boat ramp is the dark, shadowed line below the tall trees on the same shore I'm standing on. The dam is a ways around the corner to the southeast behind the tall […]
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4:30 PM | Varying Water Levels at a Few Reservoirs in California
When MOH and I drove to Butt Valley Reservoir a couple weeks ago, we were surprised by the lake low lake level: it looked lower than we remembered seeing it, although we haven't been frequenting the area routinely for several years.Standing on a wider-than-usual beach near the boat ramp on the east shore, looking south. The boat ramp is the dark, shadowed line below the tall trees on the same shore I'm standing on. The dam is a ways around the corner to the southeast behind the tall […]
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2:38 PM | The Fires at Night Are Big and Bright...
By Susan Cosier As you can see from this compilation of satellite images of our world at night, flares from the oil and gas industry really light up the sky (see "In Space, Everyone Can See You Frack"). Burning methane can be cheaper than capturing it, but according to the non-profit SkyTruth, what these companies waste could provide a quarter of the United States’ demand for natural gas. Just look at western North Dakota, its oil boom is […]

September 04, 2014

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2:00 PM | Drought Re-shaping the Cattle Map
Cattle are leaving drought-parched pastures to go where the grass is greener and it could lead to long-term changes in the industry.

September 03, 2014

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1:29 PM | In the Parching West, It’s Beginning to Feel like 1159
To find a similar period of Western drought to the current recent span, you'd have to go back to 1159.
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1:29 PM | In the Parching West, It’s Beginning to Feel like 1159
To find a similar period of Western drought to the current recent span, you'd have to go back to 1159.

September 02, 2014

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2:06 PM | Russians Love Their Varmints, Too
By Jason Bittel The first morning after a long weekend is never easy, but things could be worse: you could be stuck in a hole in the middle of the road like this prairie dog in Russia. Perhaps the rodent ate one too many pirozhkis this summer, or maybe a passing car collapsed the burrow, trapping the little p-dog. Either way, two tourists came to the rescue! On this side of the world, prairie dogs could use some help, too. Thanks to habitat destruction and […]

September 01, 2014

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6:35 PM | American Southwest has 80% chance of decade-long drought this century
It has happened before, and warming won’t help.
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1:46 PM | Is Rational Water Management Finally Emerging in Dry California?
California legislators, and farmers, begin to adjust well-drilling practices to suit a drier reality.

August 31, 2014

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12:00 PM | Hydraulic integration in tree root vessels
Johnson et al. measure xylem embolism resistance and connectivity in roots of two co-occurring tree species in a semi-arid habitat, Quercus fusiformis and Sideroxylon lanuginosum.

August 30, 2014

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3:13 AM | Landmark Groundwater Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk
The era of unlimited groundwater pumping in California could be ending. A package of bills would require local agencies to restore over-pumped aquifers.

August 28, 2014

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5:24 PM | Leaky Pipes Lose Billions of Gallons of Water Every Year in the Bay Area
On top of the drought, the South Napa Quake damaged dozens of water pipes and last month a ruptured pipe ruptured on the UCLA campus leaked about 20 million gallons of water. So how strong is California's water infrastructure?
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2:00 PM | Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills
Could the Nebraska Sandhills resemble the Sahara? They have before. Join QUEST as we explore dating and recreating drought in dunes.

August 23, 2014

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8:36 PM | Pictures That Show You Just How Extreme California’s Current Drought Is
If you weren’t aware, California is going through a very serious drought. 2013 saw the lowest rainfall numbers in California’s recorded history, and 2014 has been by far the hottest year on record for the state, according to the NOAA. The Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) is a standardized metric which compares long-term droughts by looking at rainfall, temperature and soil moisture levels. The scale goes from +6 (very wet), to -6 (very dry). Anything below a -4 is considered
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2:00 PM | Science Caturday: All Dried Out
California has been experiencing drought conditions for over a year, and now geological monitoring stations  show that the drying ground is actually rising up. According to this article by Sarah Zielinski in Smithsonian Magazine, “Measurements of these subtle movements, made … Continue reading →
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