Nearly nine in ten Californians believe the drought is serious, according to a new California Field Poll. But only about half say they could easily use less water.
The tiny Delta smelt is famous for being a target in California's water wars, but it's dangerously close to extinction. That's bringing attention to anything that could harm the fish, including something rarely discussed: dredging Delta waterways for big cargo ships.
Here’s the thing: Water rights in California are based on who got there first. It’s as if you had to line up with all your coworkers to get a cup of coffee at work, and maybe the pot’s empty when the new guy gets to the front. Some are asking, in a drought like the one we’ve been having, is that really fair?
California is entering uncharted territory. And very dry uncharted territory at that. The state water board on Tuesday unanimously approved emergency drought regulations in an effort reduce urban use statewide by 25 percent over the next nine months. A response to California's historic 4-year drought, ...Read More
In promoting his new greenhouse gas reduction targets, the governor invokes World War II, climate-change deniers in Washington, and the recycled toilet water in our future.
A rising number of whales are getting entangled off the coast of California in the lines fishermen use to pull up crab pots. Environmental groups are calling on state officials to protect the cetaceans.
Sure, California drought imagery may be reaching its saturation point in the media, but the images are just too darn striking to ignore. Case and point. In average precipitation years, the snowpack in California's Sierra Nevada range is usually deepest in March, at the tail-end of winter storms. High elevation peaks ...Read More
New drought restrictions are prompting cemetery managers to look at the water they use to keep lawns green. Some worry that for family members who visit this summer, parched grass might feel like insult on top of loss.
Donning a gas mask, a demonstrator participates in the first Earth Day celebration in 1970. (AP)Quick quiz: 1. Which labor organization helped fund and organize the first Earth Day celebration? 2. Who made the following statement: “Restoring nature to its natural state is a cause beyond party and beyond factions … It is ...Read More
Photo courtesy of NASAFeeling a bit dry lately? It's not just your imagination. California is mired in its fourth year of historic drought, with snowpack in the Sierra Nevada — which supplies about a third of the state's water — at 6 percent of the long-term April average. From a ...Read More
Courtesy CA Department of Water Resources Wet winter? Talk about a rusty pipe dream. After the driest winter on record, California is bracing for another hot, thirsty summer. Deep into the fourth year of its historic drought, with no relief in site, the state is frantically trying to figure out ...Read More
Tambora brought the world a taste of apocalypse 200 years ago. Today we have better tools to monitor volcanoes like it, but the next eruption of its size will still challenge civilization.
Courtesy LA Times Looking to minimize your water footprint at the dinner table? How about a wholesome meal of eggs, carrots, potatoes and beer? Nutritious and downright water efficient (although perhaps not age-appropriate for the whole family). According to a new Los Angeles Times data analysis, the raw ingredients in that meal ...Read More
Photo courtesy of NASA Feeling a bit dry lately? It's not just your imagination. California is mired in its fourth year of historic drought, with snowpack in the Sierra Nevada — which supplies about a third of the state's water — at 6 percent of the long-term April average. From a bare mountain ...Read More
Governor Jerry Brown orders the state Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory reductions to cut water use by 25 percent.
Every winter, California newts leave the safety of their forest burrows and travel as far as three miles to mate in the pond where they were born. Their mating ritual is a raucous affair that involves bulked-up males, writhing females and a little cannibalism.