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July 16, 2014--White House unveils climate change initiatives (New York Times)

President Obama will announce a series of climate change initiatives on Wednesday aimed at guarding the electricity supply; improving local planning for flooding, coastal erosion and storm surges; and better predicting landslide risks as sea levels rise and storms and droughts intensify.


July 16, 2014--The invisible high price of your little bottle of water (Los Angeles Times)

The oil used to make the plastic for all those bottles of water each year could fuel 1.3 million cars. Plastic bottles are shipped to Fiji to be filled, then shipped to us. A crazy way to get a drink of water. Bottled water is usually a waste of money and, beyond that, an environmental mess.

July 16, 2014--State officials push for water conservation as climate change threatens (International Business Times)

California regulators are expected to pass the first-ever emergency water restrictions for the entire state. The rules, if passed, will levy fines of up to $500 a day on Californians who over-water their yards or hose down sidewalks and driveways. Scientists aren’t certain whether the now three-year-long drought is a direct result of climate change.


July 16, 2014--California agriculture industry facing $1 billion in drought losses (Los Angeles Times)

California’s agricultural industry is facing $1 billion in lost revenue this year from the state’s worst drought in decades and could pay about $500 million for additional groundwater pumping, a new study said.


July 16, 2014--Grasshopper plagues: agricultural nightmare or ecological boon? (High Country News)

In early June, meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico, were puzzled: There was a big splotch on the radar that didn’t look like any weather system they’d ever seen. Maybe their software had a bug? Turns out, the dark green blob hovering over Albuquerque wasn’t a software glitch at all but a giant swarm of grasshoppers.