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October 01, 2014

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8:59 AM | Extremes report 2013: NZ drought and record Aussie heat made worse by warming
The latest climate extremes report finds that 9 out of 16 extreme weather events from last year were influenced by climate change. In particular, the conditions that led to New Zealand’s severe North Island drought — the worst for 41 years, estimated to have cost the economy NZ$1.3 billion — were made more likely by […]

September 30, 2014

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7:05 PM | That’s some weather we’re having. Is it climate change?
22 different studies show that, depending on the event, it's yes, no, or maybe.

September 29, 2014

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11:39 PM | The Connection Between California’s Drought and Climate Change
Climate change is making the weather pattern that's responsible for California's drought more likely, according to a new study from Stanford.
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9:40 PM | California's Ongoing Drought Linked To Climate Change
Using a sophisticated combination of computer simulations and statistical techniques, scientists at Stanford University have shown that the extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California's lengthy drought are likely caused by today's global warming conditions. Read more...

September 25, 2014

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11:39 PM | Lion Conservation: Does it Come Down to Cows?
I write this story from my tent in Samburu. I am looking out, watching the dry landscape in front of me. I see two warthogs coming to graze in the only place they can find some grass – outside our tents. I see the dik diks and squirrels searching for water under the buckets where…

September 24, 2014

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8:00 PM | Mysterious Flying Squirrel Could Get Endangered Species Protection
The squirrels gliding amid the mountains east of Los Angeles have been, for the most part, flying under the scientific radar. There has never been a single scientific paper published specifically... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:30 AM | New season, more streamflow?
The first of the West Coast’s seasonal storms has blown in on the first day of fall, and Vancouver Islanders may almost be glad to see the clouds touch the ground and feel the rain on their sunburned skin. While there’s been a lot of coverage of the drought in California, wildfires in Oregon and…

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 […]
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