California

November 18, 2014--California's drought has reached Biblical-plague proportions. It's time for a drastic measure. (The Conversation)

Last January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency following projections of severe drought. State bureaucrats and local officials jumped into action and mandated any number of water conservation tactics. While some have been relatively successful, most will do nothing.


November 13, 2014--Two thirds of world's largest companies exposed to serious water risks (The Guardian)

São Paulo is the wealthiest state in Brazil. It is the pulsating heartbeat of the Brazilian economy. The state’s capital of the same name is a major driver of commercial activity. A megacity and home to 20 million people, it was at one point the largest industrial city in the southern hemisphere.


November 11, 2014--Drought is taking California back to the wild, wild west (National Journal)

Last fall Madden noticed something suspicious. The water filling the tanks outside her veterinary clinic in Los Gatos, Calif., was disappearing at an alarming rate. Madden checked for leaks but found none. Then she realized: Someone was stealing her water. "I just couldn't believe it," she said.


November 10, 2014--Heat, drought worsen smog in California, stalling decades of progress (Los Angeles Times)

Heat and extreme drought have worsened smog in California over the last year, stalling decades of progress toward cleaner air and increasing health risks. The state's prolonged dry spells have brought more temperature inversions, with a layer of warmer air trapping cooler air below, concentrating pollution near the ground.


November 4, 2014--Dianne Feinstein may ask Obama to bypass Congress to protect Mojave sites (Los Angeles Times)

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein threatened Monday to ask President Obama to create two national monuments in the Mojave Desert, without approval of Congress, if lawmakers again fail to pass legislation protecting the land.

November 4, 2014--State to release per-capita water use numbers (The Fresno Bee)

Data to be released Tuesday will show per-capita water use in communities across California that are facing pressure, including the threat of fines, to cut back during the third year of a drought. The state agency tasked with monitoring conservation efforts will release per-person, per-day water use.


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.


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