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Drought Outlook: ‘Disastrous Consequences’ If 2015 Is Dry

KQED Science | June 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drought Outlook: ‘Disastrous Consequences’ If 2015 Is Dry

A new report echoes some of the worst fears of a fourth straight drought year.

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Drought Drives Drilling Frenzy for Groundwater in California

KQED Science | June 2, 2014 | 14 Comments

Drought Drives Drilling Frenzy for Groundwater in California

The unrestrained race to drill new wells could put California's biggest water source in jeopardy.

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Despite Drought, Laws to Track California’s Biggest Water Users Ignored

KQED Science | May 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Despite Drought, Laws to Track California’s Biggest Water Users Ignored

Some farm water districts are flouting requirements to measure and report water deliveries to customers.

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Drought Tech: How Solar Desalination Could Help Parched Farms

KQED Science | May 9, 2014 | 4 Comments

Drought Tech: How Solar Desalination Could Help Parched Farms

While coastal communities debate the merits of desalting seawater as a drought solution, a new approach to desalination could be a boon to farmers far inland.

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In California Drought, Desperation May Make Water Flow Uphill

KQED Science | April 22, 2014 | 4 Comments

In California Drought, Desperation May Make Water Flow Uphill

A 47-mile section of the California Aqueduct, the main artery of the state's water system, could be engineered to flow backward this summer.

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Drones: The Newest Water-Saving Tool for Parched Farms

KQED Science | April 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drones: The Newest Water-Saving Tool for Parched Farms

Farmers are looking to the sky for the latest water-saving tool. But will aviation authorities allow it?

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During Long, Dry Summer of Drought, Nobody Wins

KQED Science | April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

During Long, Dry Summer of Drought, Nobody Wins

Water managers are walking a tightrope this year, balancing three competing needs: how much water to deliver to people and agriculture, how much to provide for wildlife and how much to save for next year, in case it’s just as dry.

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Cold, Then Dry: Dealing California Citrus Farmers a Double Punch

KQED Science | April 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

Cold, Then Dry: Dealing California Citrus Farmers a Double Punch

First the freeze, now a crippling water shortage confront citrus growers in the Central Valley.

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California Farmers Look to Oil Industry for Water

KQED Science | April 7, 2014 | 6 Comments

California Farmers Look to Oil Industry for Water

As water supplies tighten for California farmers, some are looking to an unlikely new source: a water recycling project in one of the state's oldest oil fields.

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With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use

KQED Science | March 31, 2014 | 5 Comments

With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use

The drought is putting a spotlight on water use around California, including for hydraulic fracturing. How much water does fracking use and will it increase as companies tap into the Monterey Shale, estimated to be the largest oil resource in country?

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Drought Forces Tough Decisions on Farmers and Ranchers

KQED Science | February 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drought Forces Tough Decisions on Farmers and Ranchers

Among the first and hardest-hit by the drought are ranchers and farmers who are now faced with some tough choices. The decisions they'll soon be making will have a ripple effect from the farm to the table.

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Farming for Cranes: Can Agriculture Save an Ancient Migration?

KQED Science | October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Farming for Cranes: Can Agriculture Save an Ancient Migration?

Every September, the majestic sandhill crane migrates by the thousands from their breeding grounds as far north as British Columbia to the San Joaquin Valley Delta to fatten up for the next breeding season. Their long-term survival depends on innovative collaborations between conservation biologists and farmers to manage agricultural land as high-quality habitat.

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Adapting to Stress: Early Exposure Gives Amphibians Higher Tolerance To Pesticides

KQED Science | July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Adapting to Stress: Early Exposure Gives Amphibians Higher Tolerance To Pesticides

Amphibians are going extinct faster than any other class of organisms in human history. Experiments suggest that some species might be able to tolerate certain pesticides in the short run. Whether that could give them enough of a cushion to adapt over the long run remains to be seen.

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What the Heat Wave Means for California’s Crops

KQED Science | July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

What the Heat Wave Means for California’s Crops

The heat wave that pushed inland temperatures into triple-digits for days is finally wearing off, but farmers are still figuring out how it will affect their crops. It's a mixed bag, depending on what a farmer grows.

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