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March 30, 2015

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7:28 PM | Drought damage leads to widespread forest death
The 2000-2003 drought in the American southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region. Source: phys.org GR:  Die offs are occurring at lower sites too.  Substantial thinning is occurring in the pinion-juniper woodland and the interior chaparral.Filed under: … Continue reading →
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7:28 PM | Drought damage leads to widespread forest death
The 2000-2003 drought in the American southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region. Source: phys.org GR:  Die offs are occurring at lower sites too.  Substantial thinning is occurring in the pinion-juniper woodland and the interior chaparral.Filed under: … Continue reading →

March 25, 2015

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8:01 PM | "Our state’s water management is complex, but the technology and expertise exist to handle this..."
“Our state’s water management is complex, but the technology and expertise exist to handle this harrowing future. It will require major changes in policy and infrastructure that could take decades to identify and act upon. Today, not tomorrow, is the time to begin.” - UC Irvine’s Jay Famiglietti, California has about one year of water stored. Will you ration now?

March 23, 2015

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2:00 PM | A Candid Conversation With California’s ‘Water Czar’
The State Water Resources Control Board is California's top arbiter of water supply conflicts. Lately it's been caught in a tug of war between those who would have it tread lightly with local water agencies and those calling for aggressive statewide rationing.

March 20, 2015

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9:15 AM | DNews: How a California Run Dry Affects the World
California, the world's bread basket, is in the midst of a four-year drought - its worst in a scary-long time. What does it mean for the golden state, and could the same be in store for the rest of the U.S.?

March 17, 2015

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9:01 PM | Calif. Water Regulators Tighten the Screws — But Just a Little
As California plods into its fourth year of drought, critics say the latest round of statewide water restrictions are too little -- and possibly too late.

March 16, 2015

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11:42 PM | Los Angeles is Willing to Pay Highest Price Ever for Water
Flooded rice fields at the Cosumnes River Preserve in the Central Valley. Growing an acre of rice requires three acre-feet of water or more. An acre-foot is roughly enough water for two Los Angeles-area households for a year. (Photo: Nancy Crowley/The Nature Conservancy) Los Angeles is offering rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley more money […]

March 13, 2015

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8:41 PM | Lessons from São Paulo’s Water Shortage
It’s getting harder and harder to separate nature’s role in disasters from our own, and the dire water predicament confronting São Paulo, Brazil, is no exception. But as with the ongoing drought in California, there are important lessons from São Paulo’s grim situation that can help us prepare for the “new normal” that’s unfolding. It’s…

March 11, 2015

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9:07 PM | What Less Fog and Clouds Mean for Coastal Southern California
A new study has found that urbanization around coastal Southern California is driving fog away and causing the low clouds, crucial for providing shade and moderating temperatures in summer, to rise. This trend has important implications for ecosystems and cities.
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5:13 AM | Starving Sea Lions Perish By Tens of Thousands In California’s Dying Ocean
California’s Dying Ocean Becoming A Lifeless Blue Desert As Sea Lions, Seabirds, and Sardines Starve To Death In Greatest Numbers Ever Recorded While many argue... The post Starving Sea Lions Perish By Tens of Thousands In California’s Dying Ocean appeared first on Russ George.

March 10, 2015

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9:39 AM | Accurately measuring cavitation resistance to understand how plants cope with drought
Cavitation resistance is crucial to coping with and surviving drought.

March 09, 2015

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11:30 AM | California’s hot, dry winters tied to climate change
The combination of conditions that drove the drought is likely to recur.

March 06, 2015

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7:00 PM | How Did Your City Fare This Winter?
The hot West, cold East divide continued for a second winter, but heat was the bigger story this year.

March 04, 2015

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7:10 PM | Global Warming Upped Heat in California’s Drought
Climate change turned up the heat on California's drought, heat that could be a fixture by the 2030s.

March 03, 2015

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9:34 PM | March Drought Update: A North-South Divide, and Where’s the Snow?
Uneven rainfall across the state has helped replenish Northern California reservoirs, while those to the south remain in mostly abysmal shape. Meantime, the latest snow report is in, and it's not good.

March 02, 2015

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8:00 PM | Did Climate Change Tip Syria Into War?
Climate change from 2006 to 2010 may have helped exacerbate the economic and social collapse that led to today's bloody Syrian conflict. Continue reading →
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5:31 PM | A New, Stronger Tunnel to Bring Hetch Hetchy Water to the Bay Area
The San Francisco Public Utilities opened on Friday a new cement-encased, steel-lined tunnel that runs from Sunol Valley to Fremont. It will carry an average of 265 million gallons of water a day for customers of the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program, which consists of more than 80 projects to seismically retrofit and upgrade an 80-year-old water system serving 2.6 million people in the Bay Area.
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