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  • Snowbound California roads still getting a major plow job

    06/15/2017 8:38:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 6/15/2017 | unknown
    ) — There may be no more potent reminder of California's humongous snowfall than the plows still clearing roads that snake across the state's highest mountains as summer approaches. Crews have been digging, blowing and blasting for months — and the work is not finished, though an approaching heat wave could speed up the process. "We're almost at the middle of June and we still have lots of passes that aren't open," said Florene Trainor, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation. Few roads traverse the Sierra Nevada, the rocky spine running 400 miles up the state that is...
  • Abolish Private Property in Water? California Needs Markets (Stroshane Reconsidered)

    05/10/2017 9:01:34 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 6 replies
    MasterResource.org ^ | May 10, 2017 | Wayne Lusvardi
    It took some 6,000 years for persons to overcome slavery, serfdom, and oppressive rent and taxation to acquire secure property rights to farmland and to adjacent river water (riparian rights – see Joshua Getzler, A History of Water Rights and Common Law, [2004]). Enter Tim Stroshane, a former Berkeley central planner, activist and environmentalist, who proposes to abolish such property rights because farming monopolists in California allegedly fail to “share” water with the hordes of urbanites that want it. This post revisits Stroshane’s case in his 2016 book, Drought, Water Law and the Origins of California’s Central Valley Project (Reno:...
  • Heat Wave Melting Record Snowpack in Northern California

    05/01/2017 9:39:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 30, 2017
    Forecasters expect at least one California river to hit flood stage later this week as a heat wave melts record snowpack in the Sierra Nevada. Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Sunday they expect the Merced River in Yosemite National Park to go about a foot over its banks on Wednesday.
  • Many currents undermine Venezuela's Ch vez

    03/17/2002 9:45:56 AM PST · by Sawdring · 3 replies · 110+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/13/2002 8:16 PM | Ian Campbell
    Business and Economics Editor Published 3/13/2002 8:16 PM QUERETARO, Mexico, March 13 (UPI) -- An uneasy calm returns to Venezuela. Beneath it, like water running underground, a host of separate currents are undermining the shaky reign of President Hugo Chávez. A week ago Guaicaipuro Lameda, ex-General, ex-head of the state-run oil company, PdVSA, ex-admirer of Chávez, said that the government's economic policies were condemning the country to worsening poverty and challenged the planning minister, Giordani, to a public debate. In Venezuela the planning ministry, it should be said, is more important than it sounds. The planning minister holds central responsibility...
  • This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air [ Can MOFs pull in Co2? ]

    04/13/2017 1:42:49 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 76 replies
    sciencemag.org ^ | April 13,2017 | Robert Service
    You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity. The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day, and researchers say future versions will be even better. That means homes in the driest parts of the world could soon have a solar-powered appliance capable of delivering all the water they need, offering relief to billions of people. To find an all-purpose solution, researchers led by Omar Yaghi, a chemist at the...
  • California governor: Drought over, conservation must go on

    04/07/2017 10:28:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 7, 2017 6:47 PM ET | Scott Smith
    California Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to the state’s drought emergency on Friday after powerful storms quenched the state following four extraordinarily dry years that drained reservoirs and wells, devastated forests and farmland and forced millions of people to slash their water use. The turnaround has been stark. After years of brown fields and cracked earth, monster storms blanketed California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains this winter with deep snow that flows into the network of rivers and streams that supply much of the state’s water. Front lawns revived to bright green in neighborhoods throughout the state and rivers that had...
  • President Trump declares major disaster in Nevada after winter storms and flooding

    03/29/2017 7:46:35 AM PDT · by rktman
    mynews4.com ^ | 3/29/2017 | Kenzie Bales
    President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster in Nevada and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from Feb. 5 to Feb. 22. Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in the counties of Douglas, Elko, Humboldt, Washoe and Carson City.
  • This picture shows how much California is sinking

    03/10/2017 9:16:08 AM PST · by Lorianne · 47 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08 March 2017 | Robert Ferris
    This picture from NASA's Earth Observatory shows how much land in California's Central Valley is sinking, due primarily to the drawing of groundwater during periods of drought. Heavy rains have fallen on many parts of the state this winter, but the image above is a reminder of the lingering effects of drought, even in wetter times. As the legend at the bottom of the picture suggests, the yellowest areas are those with the greatest degree of subsidence (the term for sinking land) and the bluest areas are those with the least.
  • Denial is a River in California: Can Oroville Spark New Dam Building?

    03/04/2017 8:44:51 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 27 replies
    MasterResource - free market energy blog ^ | March 4, 2017 | Wayne Lusvardi
    “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt” – Mark Twain “Consider a narrow river valley below a high dam, such that if the dam burst, the resulting flood of water would drown people for a considerable distance downstream. When attitude pollsters ask people downstream of the dam how concerned they are about the dam’s bursting, it’s not surprising that fear of a dam burst is lowest far downstream, and increases among residents increasingly close to the dam. Surprisingly, though … the concern falls off to zero as you approach closer to the dam! That is, the people living immediately under...
  • California’s past megafloods – and the coming ARkStorm

    02/25/2017 7:47:01 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 54 replies
    Watts up with Thar? ^ | / 1 week ago February 17, 2017 | Guest Blogger
    Guest Essay By Larry Kummer. Posted at the Fabius Maximus website. Summary: To boost our fear, activists and journalists report the weather with amnesia about the past. Ten year records become astonishing events; weather catastrophes of 50 or 100 years ago are forgotten. It makes for good clickbait but cripples our ability to prepare for the inevitable. California’s history of floods and droughts gives a fine example — if we listen to the US Geological Survey’s reminder of past megafloods, and their warning of the coming ARkStorm. ” A 43-day storm that began in December 1861 put central and southern...
  • What happened the $7.5 Billion Water Bond Money that California voters approved in 2014?

    02/24/2017 10:01:19 PM PST · by cakid1 · 29 replies
    Ken Malloy News Anchor Facebook.com Account ^ | 02/24/17 | Ken Malloy News Anchor Facebook.com Accountcakid1
    What happened the $7.5 Billion Water Bond Money that voters approved in 2014? Some are asking that question today after Governor Jerry Brown announced he wants to spend $437 million to deal with California's aging water infrastructure that the Governor says is "maxed out." Exhibit "A' would be crumbling infrastructure at Oroville Dam. So, what about that Water Bond Measure? Back in 2014 California voters approved Proposition 1. The $7.5 billion dollar bond measure passed with 67% of the vote. So far, only about $177 million dollars of that has been spent. According to the Public Policy Institute of California...
  • Majority of California Is Out of the Drought After Weeks of Record-Setting Rain

    02/23/2017 2:33:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    KTLA ^ | 23 Feb 2017
    A year ago, some Californians never thought this day would come. But after being battered by weeks of record-setting rain, the vast majority of the state is out of drought.
  • UN: $4.4B needed within weeks to stop hunger 'catastrophe'

    02/22/2017 5:15:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2017 7:44 PM EST | Jennifer Peltz
    The United Nations needs $4.4 billion by the end of March to prevent catastrophic hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, yet just $90 million has been collected so far, Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday. With over 20 million people at risk of starvation over the next six months and famine already declared in parts of South Sudan, “we are facing a tragedy,” Guterres said. “We must avoid it becoming a catastrophe.” Convening reporters for a briefing at the U.N. headquarters, Guterres amplified concerns that U.N. officials and humanitarian groups have expressed in recent weeks about the...
  • Tear Down this Dam?

    02/18/2017 12:51:12 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 14 Feb 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Tear down this dam? © Getty Images Oroville dam, the tallest in the nation, is currently in danger of structural failure. Thousands living downstream from its desperate cascading water releases are evacuating their homes in Hollywood disaster-film fashion. Something premodern and apocalyptic like this was not supposed to have happened in a postmodern California of Google, Hollywood, and Napa Valley wineries. California’s politicians and pundits in recent years of drought swore the state was entering a cycle of permanent drought (and thus saw no need to start construction on a single dam to store the rain and snow that supposedly...
  • 260 Drought Maps Show California's Deep Drought and Current Recovery

    02/17/2017 11:56:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/17 | Kyle Kim and Thomas Suh Lauder
    Persistent precipitation in recent months have significantly improved California's drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Extreme to exceptional drought – the most severe levels – have been virtually lifted in the entire state since it first appeared on Jan. 24, 2014.
  • Lake Sediments Record Climate Change At Cahokia

    02/15/2017 8:36:43 AM PST · by fishtank · 35 replies
    archaeology.org ^ | Monday, February 13 | archaeology.org
    Lake Sediments Record Climate Change At Cahokia INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA —National Public Radio reports that climatologist Broxton Bird of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and colleagues analyzed layers of calcite crystals interspersed with layers of mud on the bottom of Indiana’s Martin Lake in order to learn about historic rainfall levels at Cahokia. The study suggests that beginning in the 900s, the Central Mississippi Valley received more rain than usual. And carbon isotopes found in skeletons at Mississippian cities indicate that people ate a lot of corn. “That comes at right around 950, and that’s around the time the population at Cahokia...
  • This is what Lake Oroville looked like during the drought

    02/13/2017 10:36:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    KCRA ^ | Feb 13, 2017
    LiveCopter 3 shows extremely low water levels in 2008Before Lake Oroville became so full that it overflowed the emergency spillway, the lake was a barren body of water that suffered heavily during the drought. This video was taken by LiveCopter 3 in 2008 when water levels were extremely low.
  • Editorial: State, Feds Must Answer for Oroville Dam Fiasco

    02/13/2017 2:11:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | February 13, 2017
    Federal and state officials have a lot to answer for in the wake of the Oroville Dam fiasco. They decided in 2005 to ignore warnings that the massive earthen spillway adjacent to the dam itself could erode during heavy winter rains — which it has done — and cause a calamity, which it very nearly did this week and could yet do by the end of this winter. No less to blame are the water agencies, including the powerful Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which argued that paying for the upgrades a decade ago was unnecessary. The 180,000 people...
  • Water Flowing Over Emergency Spillway at Lake Oroville For First Time Since 1968

    02/11/2017 10:39:19 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Officials say water has begun flowing over the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville for the first time since it opened in 1968 in Northern California's Butte County. A spokesman for California's Department of Water Resources says water began flowing over the emergency spillway around 8 a.m. Saturday. Officials had been hoping to avoid using the emergency spillway because it could cause trees to fall
  • Evacuations ordered as biggest storm in years moves into Southern California (drought over)

    01/22/2017 11:06:26 AM PST · by PilotDave · 37 replies
    LA times ^ | Elmahrk and Serna
    The National Weather Service is warning that the storm hitting Southern California on Sunday could be the strongest since 2010, prompting at least two cities in burn-scarred areas to issue evacuation notices in advance of heavy rain, flooding and possible mudslides. Light rain was falling across the region Sunday morning, with more intense rain expected as the day progresses. The heaviest rain was expected Sunday afternoon and evening.