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April 24, 2015

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7:40 PM | Could Recycling Wastewater Solve California’s Water Problem?
California is currently in the midst of a four-year drought. And after record-low snowfalls over the winter, Gov. Jerry Brown imposed water use restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. His plan to conserve water includes the imposition of a 25-percent reduction on local water-supplying agencies. This means residents will have to adjust … Continue reading →

April 19, 2015

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1:40 PM | Brush Fire Threatens Homes Near Los Angeles
Some 200 homes were under evacuation orders in Riverside County.

April 17, 2015

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4:25 AM | A Last-Ditch Drought Strategy for the Delta: Rock Barriers
Meager river flows may not be enough to stem the tide of salt water that threatens freshwater supplies.

April 13, 2015

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1:32 PM | ScienceDebate Revs Up for 2016 Presidential Election
This year, I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program, which brings together 60 leaders from around the country to work on... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 10, 2015

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7:25 PM | Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]
As a middle school student in Tallahassee, Florida, Kelly Caylor built a weather balloon for the science fair. Decades later, he’s distributing high-tech environmental sensors, or “pods,” throughout... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:32 PM | California is facing one of the most severe droughts on...
California is facing one of the most severe droughts on record….but it is also the country’s leading dairy supplier. With that in mind, Grist recently took a look at how much water goes into dairy products like yogurt, butter and ice cream.The California dairy industry is profitable — earning about $7 billion in 2012 (far and away the most valuable sector in a state that is a powerhouse when it comes to agriculture). The bad news is that dairy uses a whole lot of […]
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12:41 AM | The Next Crime Wave in Farm Country: Stealing Water
Madera County's DA tries to get out in front of an expected wave of water-related thefts.

April 09, 2015

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8:54 PM | Obama Releases Report, Other Initiatives Directed at Tackling Climate Change Impacts
President Barack Obama announced a series of steps that aim to tackle the effects of climate change on the health of Americans. These 150 health-focused actions to boost climate change preparedness expand on the Climate Data Initiative launched a year. “The sooner we act, the more we can do to protect the health of our…

April 06, 2015

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4:15 PM | Climate Hopelessness is a Work of Fiction
Fiction writer Jonathan Franzen’s latest essay for The New Yorker on the hopelessness of climate change opens with a complaint about new football stadium being built for the Minnesota Vikings. The stadium will be built with glass walls that pose a lethal hazard to the thousands of birds flying through the area. But instead of…

April 05, 2015

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3:03 PM | California’s Wasteful Water Habits Run Up Against a Dry Future – and Past
Media dig in on California's profligate water habits.
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3:03 PM | California’s Wasteful Water Habits Run Up Against a Dry Future – and Past
Media dig in on California's profligate water habits.

April 03, 2015

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6:45 PM | Battling Drought with Private Reservoirs
Capturing rainwater is a good idea. Besides providing for local use, large scale versions can slow down flooding. That's what many dams are for. However, when we don't leave enough to maintain streams and estuaries, we cause harm to some of the most productive and sensitive natural habitats on Earth. Then it's time to start reducing the human need. Continue reading →
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6:45 PM | Battling Drought with Private Reservoirs
Capturing rainwater is a good idea. Besides providing for local use, large scale versions can slow down flooding. That's what many dams are for. However, when we don't leave enough to maintain streams and estuaries, we cause harm to some of the most productive and sensitive natural habitats on Earth. Then it's time to start reducing the human need. Continue reading →

April 02, 2015

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10:58 PM | California Imposes State’s First Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions Amid Historic Drought
On Wedsnesday (Apr. 1), California Governor Jerry Brown ordered mandatory restrictions on water use, saying that the state’s drought had reached near-crisis levels. Brown made the announcement from the Phillips snow course in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The snow-pack on these mountains is crucial to California’s water supply: the snow that accumulates during the winter slowly melts off during the summer, providing a significant portion of the state’s water […]
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3:10 PM | How One Scientist Is Helping Plants Survive California’s...
How One Scientist Is Helping Plants Survive California’s Worst DroughtEvery living thing has its own natural responses to stress. When critical nutrients are in short supply, our bodies, for example, find ways to maintain normal function until those nutrients are replenished. Plants do the same. In drought conditions, natural processes kick in to keep them alive until they can be watered again.When faced with a water shortage, plants produce a stress hormone known as abscisic acid […]

April 01, 2015

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9:50 PM | California governor mandates 25 percent water use reduction
Announcement comes after another dry winter leaves it with little snow pack.
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9:19 PM | California orders unprecedented water restrictions amid record-breaking drought
California orders unprecedented water restrictions amid record-breaking drought: But let’s keep acting like climate change isn’t real. smh.Related: Scientists explain how climate change helps fuel California drought

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 →
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