In The News

July 7, 2014--Can this 2,250-foot tower produce enough clean energy to replace power plants? (Washington Post)

In Yuma, nestled at the intersection of California, Arizona and Mexico, you’ll find a community that receives more sunshine than any other in the United States. It’s here that daylight hours linger around, on average, for 11 hours, with cloudless days being the norm 90 percent of the time.

July 7, 2014--In Mexico, water fight underscores distrust of government (Los Angeles Times)

For the first time in modern Mexican history, an armed civilian band has ejected a drug cartel from its environs. But the vigilantes have also proved a challenge to the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto -- making clear that official security forces had been unable to do their jobs.

July 6, 2014--Water transfers: Wrong and wasteful? (Appeal Democrat)

Year after year, Sacramento Valley groundwater is pumped out to replace surface water being sent south. It's been called an amoral practice and an unnecessary strain on a resource that is being depleted. It's said the impacts are being swept under the rug so big business agriculture in the south can stay afloat during the drought.

July 6, 2014--Losing the race to stop Las Vegas from running totally dry (Independent)

As with many things in Sin City, the apparently endless supply of water is an illusion. America's most decadent destination has been engaged in a potentially catastrophic gamble with nature, and now, 14 years into a drought, it is on the verge of losing it all. The crisis stems from Vegas's reliance on Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir, created by the Hoover Dam in 1936.

July 6, 2014--Park service calls development plans a major threat to Grand Canyon (Los Angeles Times)

Hotels, shops, houses and a gondola at Grand Canyon? Plans near Grand Canyon could curb the number of visitors, officials say. Generations of park managers have tried to preserve that natural vista of the Grand Canyon, but officials here say a proposed development would alter the view.