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  • Arizona and Nevada Face First-Ever Mandatory Water Cuts from the Colorado River

    08/19/2019 10:45:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 97 replies
    Weather.com ^ | August 19, 2019 | Ron Brackett
    Arizona and Nevada are facing the first-ever mandatory cuts in the amount of water they can take from the Colorado River next year. The two states are among seven that have agreed to drought contingency plans for the river system that serves about 40 million people and 6,300 square miles of farmland from Wyoming to Southern California. The cuts are triggered by water levels expected in Lake Mead, a giant reservoir on the river at the Arizona-Nevada border. On Jan. 1, Lake Mead's level is projected to be 1,089.4 feet, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said late last week. That's...
  • Southwest Megadroughts Are Coming Back Because of Climate Change, Scientists Say

    07/25/2019 7:12:05 AM PDT · by null and void · 63 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | 7/25/19 | Ron Brackett
    By less than an hour agoweather.com (Getty Image) A dry landscape stands on Navajo Nation lands on June 7, 2019, in the town of Gallup, New Mexico. Rising temperatures associated with global warming have worsened drought conditions on their lands over recent decades leading to a worsening of water access. At a Glance • The U.S. Southwest experienced a dozen megadroughts from the years 800 to 1600. • These droughts lasted for decades at a time. • Researchers say they have discovered the cause of those droughts. • Climate change could cause another megadrought soon, they say. Scientists say they...
  • Lake Tahoe Fills To The Top

    07/12/2019 9:38:46 AM PDT · by Regulator · 58 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 7/12/19 | Paul Rogers
    If you visit Lake Tahoe this summer, the beaches might seem a little smaller than they were a few years ago. It’s not an optical illusion. Large sections of them really are underwater.
  • Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?

    05/11/2019 10:00:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 76 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 10, 2019 | Veritasium
    I took a boat through 96 million black plastic balls on the Los Angeles reservoir to find out why they're there. The first time I heard about shade balls the claim was they reduce evaporation. But it turns out this isn't the reason they were introduced. Huge thanks to LADWP for arranging this special tour for me. Next time let's put the GoPro on the submersible! The balls are made of high density polyethylene (HDPE) which is less dense than water so they float on the surface of the reservoir even if they break apart. They are 10cm (4 inches)...
  • Wet winter ends California drought after 376 straight weeks

    03/14/2019 7:56:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 14, 2019 | John Antczak
    California is free of drought for the first time in more than seven years and only a small amount of its territory remains abnormally dry as a very wet winter winds down, experts said Thursday. More than 93 percent of the state is free of drought or dryness, and areas of abnormal dryness along the Oregon border and in parts of four southern counties amount to less than 7 percent of the state, the U.S. Drought Monitor said in its weekly update. The conditions in the far south are because of very dry prior years, the monitor said, noting reservoirs...
  • How climate change caused the world's first empire to collapse

    01/07/2019 10:15:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Phys dot org (relying on non-science source for science article) ^ | January 3, 2019 | Vasile Ersek, The Conversation
    Gol-e-Zard Cave lies in the shadow of Mount Damavand, which at more than 5,000 metres dominates the landscape of northern Iran. In this cave, stalagmites and stalactites are growing slowly over millennia and preserve in them clues about past climate events. Changes in stalagmite chemistry from this cave have now linked the collapse of the Akkadian Empire to climate changes more than 4,000 years ago... It appears that the empire became increasingly dependent on the productivity of the northern lands and used the grains sourced from this region to feed the army and redistribute the food supplies to key supporters....
  • 4,000-year-old Sumerian port found in southern Iraq

    03/22/2018 12:47:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | March 20, 2018 | DPA
    Sumerians settled in Mesopotamia, an area of modern Iraq known as the cradle of civilization, more than 6,000 years ago, where they invented writing, the wheel, the plough, irrigation, the 24-hour day and the first city-states. Mission co-leaders Licia Romano and Franco D'Agostino of Rome's Sapienza University said Tuesday they discovered one of their ancient ports in Abu Tbeirah, a desert site about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) south of the town of Nasiriyah. The port's basin, measuring 130 meters (142 yards) in length and 40 meters (44 yards) wide, with a capacity equal to nine Olympics-sized pools, may have also...
  • How Governor Brown, Liberal CA Dems, and Bloated Federal Agencies Are to Blame for CA’s Wildfires

    11/21/2018 6:10:30 AM PST · by davikkm · 11 replies
    IWB ^ | Bob Shanahan
    Paradise, California has become hell on earth. My thoughts and prayers go out to the thousands of displaced families. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and devastation they are currently experiencing. Only 80 miles north of my hometown of Sacramento, this has been an issue close to home for me, but the smoky skies we’ve been experiencing here are nothing compared to what the residents of Paradise are now going through. I am so proud of our firefighters, first responders, and many volunteers who have come together during this crisis to do everything they can to alleviate the...
  • 'This is where they must have found her': Woman who refused to flee California fire dies

    11/22/2018 8:40:56 AM PST · by jerod · 38 replies
    CBC News ^ | Nov 22, 2018 4:00 AM | Briar Stewart
    Christina Taft couldn't persuade her mother to flee the California fire, and she diedAs Christina Taft walks through the chalky rubble and blackened ash strewn on her property in Paradise, Calif., she winces as she tries to make sense of the destruction around her. "This is just completely levelled," she says. "There is nothing here." In the corner of what was once her living room, yellow caution tape ropes off a rectangle on the ground. It looks as if someone was digging in the area, and right away Taft knows why. "This is where they must have found her." This...
  • CA Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoed 2016 Wildfire Management Bill While CA Burned

    11/13/2018 5:31:25 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/13/18 | Katy Grimes
    That sound practice grounded to a halt when the most radical environmentalists took over Every governor has signed regretful legislation, or made a disastrous pardon he or she would like a chance to re-do. California’s whacky outgoing Democrat governor has spent the last eight years trying to convince the people of California that we are to blame for droughts, wildfires and “extreme weather,” and that climate change is an existential threat to the California way of life. Showing no regrets, Gov. Jerry Brown calls the people “freeloaders,” and “deniers,” and has mocked our “little green lawns.” Brown even spitefully signed...
  • The Real Story About How California Became ‘The Land of Raging Infernos’

    11/13/2018 8:46:09 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/13/18 | Judi McLeod
    While the mainstream and social media focus on what Waters is saying about President Trump, the real tragedy of what is happening in California is being told by the dead. Maxine Water’s got it bassackwards in telling President Donald Trump to “keep his mouth shut” on blaming “mismanagement” for California fires leaving death and destruction in their wake. Waters, whose screech to impeach is more ear-piercing than anyone else’s, was as silent as the dead when it came to protecting California against becoming ‘The Land of Raging Infernos’.
  • Jerry Brown Takes Heat For Vetoing 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Bill (Tr)

    11/16/2018 7:42:42 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 13, 2018 | Michael Bastasch
    California Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to veto a 2016 bipartisan bill aimed at mitigating wildfire risks from power lines and utility equipment has become the focus of critics as fires rage across the state. Wildfires have scorched more than 221,000 acres across California since Thursday, and Brown’s critics are pointing to the two-year-old veto as news reports suggest power lines may have sparked the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. “He has done nothing to harden those assets,” state Sen. John Moorlach, a Republican, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
  • Assigning Blame – Ignoring Incompetence

    11/17/2018 6:25:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2018 | Paul Driessen
    Two more raging infernos in California have burned an area nearly ten times the size of Washington, D.C. Wildlife and habitats have been torched. Over 8,000 homes and businesses, and nearly the entire town of Paradise, are now ashes and rubble. Cars were partly charred and melted as they escaped the flames, others completely incinerated - sometimes with occupants still inside. Well over 60 people have perished. Over 50,000 are homeless. Hundreds remain missing.President Trump expressed deep support for the thousands of courageous firefighters battling the conflagrations, urged residents to evacuate quickly and expedited disaster assistance to the ravaged communities....
  • Governor [ Brown, Calif ] signs bill allowing utilities to increase fees to pay for fire settlements

    11/17/2018 2:58:26 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 63 replies
    krcrtv.com ^ | Sept 21, 2018 | AP
    California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a measure allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires. Brown announced Friday he'd signed the bill, which is aimed at preventing bankruptcy for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The massive utility faces billions of dollars in liability if investigators determine its equipment caused the Tubbs Fire that destroyed thousands of homes and killed 22 people in Santa Rosa last year. The measure is the most hotly contested part of a wide-ranging plan to reduce the growing threat of wildfires.
  • San Ysidro crossing is shut down [readiness exercise]

    11/22/2018 2:30:37 PM PST · by SteveH · 131 replies
    it is apparently all over mexican tv right now...
  • Cal Gov Brown admits Trump was right about cause of the fires; calls to ease logging restrictions

    11/22/2018 5:50:44 PM PST · by deandg99 · 29 replies
    DC Dirty Laundry ^ | 11/22/2018 | JD Heyes
    In recent days, POTUS Donald Trump was criticized by firefighters, Left-wing Democrats, environmental groups, and #NeverTrump Republicans for daring to state that the wildfires currently burning up California were largely the fault of poor forest management by the state. Early on, the president tweeted there was “no reason for these massive deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” ... California Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, after denouncing...
  • Opinion: The Cost of Neglect (Camp Fire)

    11/20/2018 4:53:07 PM PST · by kingu · 11 replies
    Territorial Dispatch (Yuba County) ^ | Nov 19, 2018 | Lou Binninger
    Looney Governor Jerry Brown blamed the rash of apocalyptic-level forest fires on Global Warming deniers. His nonsensical and rash comments will not be missed. Many will remember him for endangering Californians by ignoring the infrastructure needs of the state. Oroville Dam’s maintenance had been slipshod since its completion in 1968. Flakey inspections by state agencies risked the lives of hundreds of thousands of North State dwellers during the heavy rains and spillway collapse in February 2017. The failure will cost taxpayers more than $1 billion to repair. No one has estimated the hundreds of millions it cost 180,000 people to...
  • Who or What Is Really Responsible for the Huge Forest Fires in California?

    11/18/2018 6:34:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2018 | Bruce Bialolosky
    Once again, faced with the failure of the “press” to educate us on an issue, we decided to go out and research the truth about what appears to be the significant increase in huge forest fires. Once we did the research, we found out major differences in facts from the random barkings in the MSM. Let us start with this simple aspect. Forest fires are a normal thing. Often caused by lightning or other natural causes, they are God’s way of clearing forests. In those natural forest clearances, the wildlife that exists in them are threatened or their habitat is...
  • Zinke blames lawsuits by 'radical environmentalists' for creating more wildfires

    11/20/2018 12:04:45 PM PST · by detective · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2018 | Dave Boyer -
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blamed “radical environmentalists” Tuesday for blocking federal forest-management efforts and causing dangerous conditions that lead to deadly wildfires such as the blaze that killed dozens last week in northern California. “When lawsuit after lawsuit by, yes, the radical environmental groups that would rather burn down the entire forest than cut a single tree or thin the forest, then it’s easy to find who is suing and who promulgates these destructive policies,” Mr. Zinke said. “Take a look at who’s suing — every time there’s a thinning project. The density of dead and dying trees is higher.”...
  • Loggers support Trump's claim that wildfires caused by 'poor forest management'

    11/19/2018 8:27:04 AM PST · by rktman · 47 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 11/16/2018 | Jennifer Harper
    A national logging organization is offering support to President Trump following catastrophic wildfires in California and a political debate over the causes of the destructive blazes. “President Trump blamed poor forest management for wildfires in California and throughout the West, and there is truth to statements he has made,” said Daniel Dructor, executive vice president of the American Loggers Council, a coalition of state and regional associations that represents independent contract loggers. “It’s time to rise above political posturing and recognize that active forest management — including logging, thinning, grazing and controlled burning — are tools that can and must...