California

October 28, 2014--Is there enough water for people and nuts? (Modesto Bee)

Do almond barons put us at water risk? Long, long ago (mid-1800s), in a land far, far away (Lake Tahoe), eager opportunists seized on what became known as “green gold.” Ancient stands of virgin timber were decimated to support mining and railroad development.


October 25, 2014--Unsafe drinking water adds to California's drought misery (NBC News)

California is digging deep to get the drinking water it needs after one of the state's worst droughts on record. The problem is that the groundwater it is using is unsafe for nearly 800,000 residents, according to the state's water resources control board, because of longtime contamination from nitrates and arsenic.


October 22, 2014--Reducing water scarcity (McGill University)

Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016.


October 17, 2014--Another warm winter likely for western U.S., South may see colder weather (NOAA)

Below average temperatures are favored in parts of the south-central and southeastern United States, while above-average temperatures are most likely in the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and New England, according to the U.S. Winter Outlook, issued today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. While drought may improve in some portions of the U.S.


October 15, 2014--The Columbia, a gem of a notion (Californian)

We can no longer waste our precious fresh water. Instead of just dumping the Columbia River into the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Ore., we should recycle it. In less than six months, America could install a 25-foot diameter poly pipe upon the continental shelf, annually transporting 25 million acre feet of clean fresh water to California.


October 15, 2014--The West is bone dry. Here’s how to help (Washington Post)

Drought is rampant these days in many parts of the American West, so consider this a pretty sweet gift: You’ve just been given the rights to some water. An acre-foot of it, to be exact, which is roughly enough to fill an NBA basketball court so the water laps at the bottom of the backboard. Your job is to turn around and use that resource in the most valuable way possible.


October 12, 2014--Drought making Calif. more like Arizona (Arizona Central)

For many years, California has stared at the prospect of long-running drought and effectively sniffed with contempt. In the minds of many urban Californians, drought may be a burden and an annoyance, but hardly a threat to the coastal lifestyle. Yes, the consequences of long-term drought, like urban brushfires and a decimated Central Valley farm industry, may be a concern.


October 4, 2014--NASA satellite images show severity of California water storage loss (Southern California 4 News)

NASA images released this week show the severity of drought-stricken California's declining water storage over the past decade. The images from the space agency's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites (GRACE) show the state's accumulated water loss from June 2002 to June 2008 and June 2014.


September 27, 2014--When the Wells Run Dry: Helping farmers grow more with less (Climate Confidential)

Water scarcity is closely linked to food insecurity and thus hunger and poverty. Today, some 2.8 billion people face water scarcity, a number that’s set to increase to half the world’s population by 2030, according to the United Nations.


September 22, 2014--In California, less water means more West Nile virus (KPCC)

West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes. They contract the virus when they feed on infected birds, then spread it to the birds they bite next. A shortage of water can accelerate this cycle.


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