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  • Water-Guzzling Pot Plants Draining Drought-Wracked California

    07/07/2014 9:40:48 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 44 replies
    NBCNews ^ | July 7, 2014 | HARRIET TAYLOR
    Water-Guzzling Pot Plants Draining Drought-Wracked California BY HARRIET TAYLOR California cannabis growers may be making millions, but their thirsty plants are sucking up a priceless resource: water. Now scientists say that if no action is taken in the drought-wracked state, the consequences for fisheries and wildlife will be dire. "If this activity continues on the trajectory it's on, we're looking at potentially streams going dry, streams that harbor endangered fish species like salmon, steelhead," said Scott Bauer of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Studying aerial photographs of four watersheds within northern California's so-called Emerald Triangle, Bauer found that...
  • California Flooded With People Tattling on 'Water Wasters'

    07/06/2014 7:16:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | July 5, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    California's drought is creating a deluge of tattletales, after government officials encouraged residents to snitch on their neighbors for wasting water. The state declared a drought emergency five months ago, but residents have only cut their water usage by about 5 percent, reports The New York Times, cutting back much less than the 20 percent Gov. Jerry Brown asked for in January. And since people aren't heeding the warnings from the state, cities in the state are asking residents to report their neighbors for wasting water, and are finding that people are all too willing to tell on each other....
  • Coffee Is About To Get More Expensive Everywhere

    06/21/2014 4:33:09 AM PDT · by blam · 53 replies
    BI, The Wire ^ | 6-21-2014 | DANIELLE WIENER-BRONNER
    DANIELLE WIENER-BRONNER, The WireJun. 20, 2014 ï‚‚Months after we all started fretting over the prospect of a global coffee shortage, it seems we might actually start to feel the caffeine-related effects of Brazil's massive drought and Central America's coffee fungus, in the form industry-wide retail price increases. The Washington Post reported back in February that coffee costs were expected to rise later in the year: For now, retail prices for coffee are stable. Roasters typically have enough supplies to cover themselves for a few months. But if the price of the Arabica (pronounced uh-RAB-ick-uh) beans continues to rise, consumers could...
  • Kim Jong Un Is Really Mad at His Weathermen

    06/12/2014 8:02:18 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 11 replies
    Newser ^ | June 12, 2014 | Arden Dier
    "The meteorological service needs to "provide accurate data for weather forecast and meteorological and climatic information required by various fields of national economy in good time," Kim said, though he appeared to place blame on outdated equipment and scientific method. The Washington Post notes, however, that the "strain on the faces of those being lectured is quite evident" per Rodong Sinmun's photos; CNN describes Kim as appearing "red-faced."
  • Firewise Landscaping

    06/06/2014 5:31:47 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 9 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | June 4, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    With the severe drought that has been blanketing most of the country, and the wildfires ravaging Colorado this summer, now is the time to take steps to prepare for the unexpected...
  • Dust Bowl Conditions Have Returned To Kansas, Oklahoma And North Texas

    05/29/2014 11:30:32 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5-29-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 05/29/2014 In early 1978, a song entitled "Dust in the Wind" by a rock band known as Kansas shot up the Billboard charts. When Kerry Livgren penned those now famous lyrics, he probably never imagined that Dust Bowl conditions would return to his home state just a few short decades later. Sadly, that is precisely what is happening. When American explorers first traveled through north Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, they referred to it as "the Great American Desert" and they doubted that anyone would ever be able to farm it. But as history has shown, when that area...
  • California’s flawed water system can’t track usage

    05/26/2014 9:51:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Jason Dearen and Garance Burke
    Call them the fortunate ones: Nearly 4,000 California companies, farms and others are allowed to use free water with little oversight when the state is so bone dry that deliveries to nearly everyone else have been severely slashed. Their special status dates back to claims made more than a century ago when water was plentiful. But in the third year of a drought that has ravaged California, these “senior rights holders” dominated by corporations and agricultural concerns are not obliged to conserve water. Nobody knows how much water they actually use, though it amounts to trillions of gallons each year,...
  • How The Coming El Niño Will Change The World's Weather

    05/22/2014 12:45:13 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    BI - Live Science ^ | 5-22-2014 | Becky Oskin, LiveScience
    Becky Oskin May 22, 2014, 12:56 PM The forecast for a drought-busting El Niño this winter has Californians as giddy as kids at Christmas. An El Niño is the warm phase of a natural Pacific Ocean climate cycle driven by sea surface temperatures. The redistribution of hotter versus colder surface water triggers changes in atmospheric circulation that influences rainfall and storm patterns around the world. Warm water is piling up in the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean right now, similar to the pattern that preceded the strong 1997-1998 El Niño, when California was drenched by a series of winter storms. The...
  • Feinstein: Enviros no help on California drought

    05/15/2014 4:06:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 15, 2014 | By Carolyn Lochhead
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein will try to fast-track farm-friendly drought legislation through the Senate over the objections of environmentalists, who the senator complains have done nothing to help her adapt California's aging water system to deal with climate change and the addition of millions of thirsty residents. Feinstein's bill alarms both environmentalists and Bay Area House Democrats, who fear she would tilt California water policy away from the state's devastated salmon runs. Asked about opposition from environmental groups, Feinstein said, "Well, that's really too bad, isn't it? I would be very happy to know what they propose. ... I have not...
  • Half Of The US Is In A Drought

    05/14/2014 3:01:40 PM PDT · by blam · 39 replies
    BI ^ | mike Carlowicz
    Half Of The US Is In A Drought Mike Carlowicz, NASA Earth ObservatoryMay 14, 2014 Drought - NASA Earth Observatory U.S. Drought Monitor. As of May 6, 2014, half of the United States was experiencing some level of drought. Nearly 15 percent of the nation was gripped by extreme to exceptional drought. For the Plains and the Southwest, it's a pattern that has been persistent for much of the past several years. The map above was developed by the U.S. National Drought Monitor, a partnership of U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the University of...
  • Study Links California Drought To Global Climate Change

    04/24/2014 8:02:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    CBS Local Sacramento ^ | April 24, 2014
    While researchers have sometimes connected weather extremes to man-made global warming, usually it’s not done in real time. Now a study is asserting a link between climate change and both the intensifying California drought and the polar vortex blamed for a harsh winter that mercifully has just ended in many places. The Utah State University scientists involved in the study say they hope what they found can help them predict the next big weird winter.
  • Hydraulic Fracturing: Staying Afloat in Times of Tightening Water Supply

    04/16/2014 4:53:49 PM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | April 16, 2014 | Gene Lockard|
    One of the criticisms levied against hydraulic fracturing, particularly during recent periods of drought, is the amount of water used in the process. However, energy companies are seeking to reduce water use during hydraulic fracturing, even as research shows more water is used in other activities. The numbers put things into perspective. The amount of water used to frack a well varies, but most reporting entities put the figure in a range of about 3 to 6 million gallons of water. In Pennsylvania, the average amount of water per well is about 4.4 million gallons, according to State Impact Pennsylvania,...
  • Sticker shock at the steak house; beef prices highest in 27 years

    04/15/2014 3:08:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Edd Hendee reached into the chilled glass case containing cold cuts of steak, the classic Texas entrée upon which he built his restaurant and his fortune, proudly showing off his merchandise like a jeweler displaying his diamonds. “This is a center cut filet,” he said. “It’s the very best filet you can possibly buy. And that’s why it’s expensive.” And lately, at the Taste of Texas restaurant in west Houston, it’s become even more expensive. “When the price goes from just under $20 a pound to us wholesale to almost $25 a pound, that’s almost a $5 increase in this...
  • North Texas city awaits word on wastewater re-use

    04/14/2014 12:18:05 PM PDT · by topher · 59 replies
    My SanAntonio.com ^ | 13-April-2014 | AP - By BETSY BLANEY
    UBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Wichita Falls is so far behind on rainfall that city leaders are asking state regulators for permission to use treated toilet flushes as drinking water.
  • Drought May Be Forcing Rabid Skunks Into Populated Areas

    03/23/2014 5:24:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    sacramento.cbslocal.com ^ | 3/21/2014 | Ian Schwartz
    Rabid skunks are on the rise and have been spotted in high numbers in El Dorado County. Hold that leash a little tighter, because your furry friend now has more furry foes to worry about. We all know skunks carry a unique smell, but there are more and more reports of them carrying the deadly rabies virus.
  • Some California cities seek water independence

    03/16/2014 9:25:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2014 11:41 AM EDT | Alicia Chang
    … California is gripped by historic parched conditions that have desiccated farmland, dried up reservoirs and forced rural communities to ration water. A welcome dousing late last month did little to break the arid spell. Even before this latest drought emergency, some agencies that historically draw their water from the overtapped Colorado River and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta have taken steps to slash their dependence on water from outside sources and boost their own supplies. Past drought woes, particularly in the late 1980s and early 1990s, have forced some communities to rethink where their water comes from, and they’re increasingly...
  • Disaster That Struck The Ancients

    12/08/2001 2:51:43 PM PST · by blam · 206 replies · 13,091+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-26-2001 | Fekri Hassan
    Thursday, 26 July, 2001, 12:12 GMT 13:12 UK Disaster that struck the ancients The pharaohs of the Egyptian Old Kingdom had built the mightiest legacy of the ancient world - the pyramids at Giza. But after nearly a thousand years of stability, central authority disintegrated and the country collapsed into chaos for more than a 100 years. What happened, and why, has remained a huge controversy. But Professor Fekri Hassan, from University College London, UK, wanted to solve the mystery, by gathering together scientific clues. His inspiration was the little known tomb in southern Egypt of a regional governor, Ankhtifi. ...
  • Netanyahu, Gov. Brown Sign Pro-Business Pact

    03/05/2014 5:16:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    ap ^ | March 5, 2014 3:57 PM
    During a meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the two emphasized their joint interests in cybersecurity, energy sources and water conservation, and suggested Israel — an arid country with a growing population — might be able to help California cope with its ongoing drought. “California doesn’t need to have a water problem,” Netanyahu said. “Israel has no water problems because we are the number one recyclers of waste water, we stop water leaks, we use drip irrigation and desalination.” Brown said he would welcome their ideas. “Israel has demonstrated how efficient a country can be, and there...
  • California farmers hire dowsers to find water

    03/03/2014 6:20:52 AM PST · by shove_it · 17 replies
    MyFoxNY ^ | 3 Mar 2014 | JASON DEAREN
    ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) — With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools — usually copper sticks or wooden "divining rods" that resemble large wishbones — and what they describe as a natural energy to find water or minerals hidden deep underground. While both state and federal water scientists disapprove of dowsing, California "witchers" are busy as farmers seek to drill more groundwater wells due to the state's record drought that persists despite recent...
  • It's the Desert, Stupid

    02/27/2014 6:30:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2014 | Michael Reagan
    Someone better send John Kerry a high school geography textbook. Our brilliant Secretary of State doesn't seem to know that California is about two-thirds desert. Based on his recent statements about the cause of my home state's 13-month drought, Kerry doesn't know anything about California's history or climate, either. He thinks the state's current drought - which is draining reservoirs, raising fears of severe water shortages in small towns and already causing the usual idiots to demand the death penalty for lawn watering -- is the result of man-made climate change. If only more of Kerry's Hollywood soul mates would...
  • Severe drought? California has been here before

    02/23/2014 4:06:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    latimes.com ^ | February 23, 2014, 5:00 a.m. | Bettina Boxall
    "From a climate perspective, we've been here before," Martin Hoerling, a federal research meteorologist, said last week at a drought forum in Sacramento. "We shouldn't be surprised." The state dried out like a prune in 1976-77 and before that in 1924, the most parched periods in the modern record. And ancient tree-ring records show that during the last millennium, conditions have at times been even worse. Take the year 1580, which left the narrowest growth ring — or none at all — in the California trees that University of Arizona scientist David Meko used to reconstruct a 1,000-year history of...
  • California farmers won't get federal water

    02/22/2014 1:12:09 PM PST · by Robwin · 60 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 22, 2014 | Scott Smith
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Without a lot more rain and snow, many California farmers caught in the state's drought can expect to receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state, federal officials announced Friday. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released its first outlook of the year, saying that the agency will continue to monitor rain and snow fall, but the grim levels so far prove that the state is in the throes of one of its driest periods in recorded history. Farmers who rely on the federally run Central Valley...
  • No, Mr. President, drought and climate change aren't linked

    02/19/2014 11:55:17 AM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | FEBRUARY 16, 2014 | Masthead Editorial
    There is much to be said about the Obama administration's linkage of California's extreme drought and global warming. For starters, President Obama and John Holdren, his chief science advisor, should spend a little time in the United States Global Change Research Program's library. There they will find the U.S. government's recently updated 2008 study on the issue, “Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate.” The study notes that the 1930s and 1950s were drier than the current decade and concludes that “droughts have, for the most part, become shorter, less frequent, and cover a smaller portion of the U....
  • Obama Hangs Californians Out to Dry: Fed action could alleviate the drought in California

    02/18/2014 6:57:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/17/2014 | Mona Charen
    There are many reasons that Barack Obama’s presidency has proven so ineffectual even by its own standards — boosting economic growth, improving health care, preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, enhancing America’s world reputation. One reason is that Barack Obama is the most ideologically rigid president in American history. He believes in all the wrong ideas, and holds to them with mulish tenacity. But there’s a second reason that was on vivid display in the past few days — overweening arrogance. This president has no patience with attempting to solve the actual problems that afflict the people he...
  • California's Drought Isn't Due To Global Warming, But Politics

    02/15/2014 6:12:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    IDB ^ | 02/15/2013
    President Obama visited California's drought-hit Central Valley Friday, offering handouts and blaming global warming. But the state's water shortage is due to the left's refusal to deal with the state's water needs. Following legislative action last month by Speaker John Boehner and California's Central Valley Representatives David Valadao, Devin Nunes and Kevin McCarthy, whose Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act was designed to resolve the long-standing problem of environmental water cutbacks that have devastated America's richest farmland, Obama is grandstanding in California, too. His aim, however, is not a long-term solution for California's now-constant water shortages that have hit...
  • Obama: US must rethink water as climate changes

    02/14/2014 11:05:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2014 8:53 PM EST | Darlene Superville
    Warning that weather-related disasters will only get worse, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. must rethink the way it uses water as he announced new federal aid to help drought-stricken California. Obama drew a clear connection between California’s troubles and climate change as he toured part of a farm that will go unsown this year as the state faces its worst drought in more than 100 years. Even if the U.S. takes action now to curb pollution, the planet will keep getting warmer “for a long time to come” thanks to greenhouse gases that have already built up, Obama...
  • Obama to link California drought to climate change

    02/14/2014 3:43:51 PM PST · by Innovative · 18 replies
    FoxNews ^ | FEb 14, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama on Friday will travel to California to announce new executive actions to combat the state's drought and will attribute the growing frequency of such conditions to climate change. Obama will announce the expediting of $100 million in assistance for livestock producers, $60 million in food-bank funding for families affected by the drought and another $15 million for areas nationwide most severely harmed by dry conditions. But on a broader level, the president will use his trip to Fresno, Calif. to urge leaders to do more to fight climate change.
  • California drought: Obama to visit state to highlight crisis (FResno Friday FReeP Opportunity?)

    02/09/2014 9:43:46 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 2/8/14
    Washington -- President Obama will travel to Fresno this week to highlight federal efforts designed to help farmers and others hit by a severe drought. A White House official said Obama will visit the Central Valley city on Friday. The White House already had announced Obama's plans to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Sunnylands estate near Palm Springs that day. Obama's visit comes as interest grows on Capitol Hill in taking action to alleviate California's water crisis.
  • Obama to visit Fresno to discuss drought response

    02/09/2014 2:35:03 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2-8-14 | Kathleen Hennessey
    WASHINGTON--President Obama will travel to Fresno next week to highlight federal efforts aimed at helping farmers and others hit by a severe drought. A White House official said Obama will visit the Central Valley city Feb. 14. The White House already had announced Obama's plans to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Sunnylands estate near Palm Springs that day. Obama’s visit comes as interest on Capitol Hill in taking action to alleviate California’s water crisis grows. The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Wednesday dubbed a response to the drought, but the measure faces a White House veto threat....
  • Western drought spells killer grocery bills

    02/09/2014 12:05:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 7, 2014 | Myra P. Saefong
    Much like the polar vortex spiked demand and prices for natural gas in the eastern U.S., another weather phenomenon — a severe drought — is threatening cattle and milk production and food crops in the West. It’s a threat that can last for months and year, and parched conditions have already driven up prices on milk and cattle futures. “The hardest hit section of California is the Central Valley — ‘the supermarket to the world’ — and [it’s becoming] increasingly clear the region won’t see relief from the devastating drought anytime soon,” said Kevin Kerr, editor of CommodityConfidential.com. “Retail prices...
  • President Obama plans Feb. 14 visit to Fresno to discuss drought

    02/08/2014 1:12:03 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 82 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | February 7, 2014 | By John Ellis
    The White House announced Friday that President Barack Obama will come to Fresno on Feb. 14 to discuss the drought and federal efforts to deal with it. A White House official said further details about the president's trip to the central San Joaquin Valley will be made public in the coming days. The trip will mark Obama's first visit to the Fresno area. The only other time he visited the region was in October 2012 when he traveled to the United Farm Workers headquarters at Keene in Kern County to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument. The drought has...
  • CALIFORNIANS TURN TO RAIN DANCES FOR DROUGHT RELIEF

    02/06/2014 8:18:00 AM PST · by Phillyred · 42 replies
    KSBY News ^ | 2/2/2014 | Olivia DeGennaro
    The Central Coast is in much need of rain, and one group is asking for it in a unique way. The Central Coast Center for Spiritual Living hosted a rain dance in Templeton Park on Saturday. A Native American reverend led the dance. Rain dances have been performed by American Indians for hundreds of years, to evoke water during dry seasons. The Center for Spiritual Living says it believes the power of many minds focused on the same goal will produce results. They also held a meditation session after the dance, and prayed for rain.
  • California’s Two Droughts: The wages of nature and folly combined.

    02/06/2014 6:40:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/06/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Despite recent sporadic rain, California is still in the worst extended drought in its brief recorded history. If more storms do not arrive, the old saying that California could withstand two droughts — but never three — will be tested for the first time in memory. There is little snow in the state’s towering Sierra Nevada mountains, the source of much of the surface water that supplies the state’s populated center and south. The vast Central Valley aquifer is being tapped as never before, as farms and municipalities deepen wells and boost pump size. Too many straws are now competing...
  • Don’t Blame Climate Change for the California Drought

    02/05/2014 9:56:51 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/4/2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Taking firm advantage of the term’s cloudy meaning, Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, announced on Face the Nation this weekend that he was vexed by a “very chilling story in the New York Times today about the impact of climate change on droughts in the West – California, which is now seeing some pretty serious developments as a result of climate change.” “So,” McDonough concluded, “we’ll be looking at that.”
  • California: Before And After The Drought, And Why It's Only Going To Get Worse

    02/04/2014 6:01:28 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-4-2014 | Tyler Durden
    California: Before And After The Drought, And Why It's Only Going To Get WorseZero Hedge Tyler Durden on 02/03/2014While the Northeast is blanketed by another winter storm, California has its own, quite inverse, climatic problems in the form of a historic drought which as Bloomberg reports, is forcing farmers in the fertile central valley region to fallow thousands of acres of fields and has left 17 rural towns so low on drinking water that the state may need to start trucking in supplies. It is so bad that water reservoirs are at about 60 percent of average, according to state...
  • Over and drought: Why the end of Israel's water shortage is a secret [desalination creates surplus]

    02/01/2014 9:46:38 AM PST · by grundle · 43 replies
    haaretz.com ^ | January 24, 2014 | Yuval Elizur
    Remember all the years of being told to conserve 'every drop?' Well, times have changed: Today, Israel has so much affordable water, it can offer to export it. So why is this achievement being kept so secret? In ancient times and even during the years of the British Mandate (1917-1948), the shortage of water in Palestine, as well as among its neighbors in the Middle East, had a decisive influence not only on the area’s economic development, but also on the political strife between Jews and Arabs. Technology has changed all this. Now, the ability to produce all the water...
  • Over and drought: Why the end of Israel's water shortage is a secret

    02/01/2014 3:16:43 PM PST · by ckilmer · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan. 24, 2014 | Yuval Elizur
    Remember all the years of being told to conserve 'every drop?' Well, times have changed: Today, Israel has so much affordable water, it can offer to export it. So why is this achievement being kept so secret?
  • State Will No Longer Send Water Down From Northern Calif.

    02/01/2014 12:58:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 1, 2014 7:14 AM
    Drought conditions are getting worse by the day in California and experts say the average resident is going to see the changes. In the latest move by officials, the State Water Project announced Friday that it won’t send any more water down from Northern California, something that hasn’t been done in more than five decades. The news comes in the middle of one of California’s driest winters on record and after two dry years that have depleted reservoirs. Officials say the Water Project’s decision to hold back supply is necessary to save water in the state. Gov. Jerry Brown declared...
  • Why has California chosen water shortages over desalination?

    02/01/2014 10:18:17 AM PST · by grundle · 70 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 1, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Why has California chosen water shortages over desalination? Israel has made the choice to turn its water shortages into surpluses by building lots of desalination plants. Desalination costs less than 40 cents per cubic meter, which is less than 1/6 penny per gallon. It’s so cheap that in addition to using desalinized water for residential uses, Israel also uses it for agriculture.Meanwhile, California has chosen to have water shortages instead of building enough desalination plants.Why did California make this choice?
  • Facing drought, California will not allot water to farmers, cities

    02/01/2014 4:01:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1-31-14
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced Friday that they would not send any water from the state's vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 million acres of farmland. The announcement marks the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project that such an action has been taken, but it does not mean that every farm field will turn to dust and every city tap will run dry. The 29 agencies that draw from the state's...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown Speaks To KCAL9′s Dave Bryan About State ‘Water War’

    01/30/2014 7:27:47 AM PST · by Baynative · 17 replies
    CBS LA ^ | 1/29/14 | newsteam
    BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — California’s ongoing drought is forcing Governor Jerry Brown to start a so-called “water war” between the north and the south. The governor revealed Wednesday he’s prepared to move water from Southern California to drier areas of the state as conditions worsen. Speaking exclusively to KCAL9 political reporter Dave Bryan outside an engagement in Beverly Hills, Brown said it could be necessary to implement drastic measures to alleviate communities at risk of running out of water.
  • 17 California communities running out of water

    01/29/2014 3:28:30 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 82 replies
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of running out of water within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials. Wells are running dry or reservoirs are nearly empty in some communities. Others have long-running problems that predate the drought.
  • California drought: Scientists to probe cause

    01/24/2014 11:25:55 AM PST · by chessplayer · 62 replies
    Washington -- California's drought will be one of the extreme weather events that the American Meteorological Society will examine later this year to determine whether the cause is natural variability or human-caused climate change, a federal official said Tuesday. Scientists have not yet linked the California drought directly to climate change, Thomas Karl, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center, said Tuesday in announcing the latest study. "I'M SURE THERE'S A WAY, but we haven't done it yet," he said.
  • The Drought is Back in California -- and the Left Says Capitalism is the Culprit

    01/22/2014 5:12:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: There's a big drought out in California. Fifteen years ago it was the drought of the century. I remember I'd go to California and in the hotel rooms there would be signs: "Please use the towels more than once, if you can. Please use half the amount of water you would drinking from the faucet. Please try to shorten the length of your shower by 50%." There were all these signs all over the hotels. And then it stopped. I figured, well, the drought is over. But apparently not. I guess this is the Christian Science Monitor....
  • Limbaugh just "swerved into" the "Mononymous1 Effect"

    01/22/2014 11:48:56 AM PST · by mononymous · 6 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 1/3/1014 | Mononymous1
    Here we are, it’s winter, it’s freezing cold outside, snow is on the ground and a global warming research ship is stuck in ice looking for evidence of melting and disappearing ice. I suppose this is really “climate change,” the lingo used to cover everything that needs a weather related explanation when the obvious is too simple and when it has to be pinned on mankind. So, for instance, if it is freezing cold outside, as it should be in winter; it is not global warming but “climate change” that gave us snow. If it is an extremely hot day...
  • Rainwater Harvesting: Reasons to Consider

    01/22/2014 4:42:48 AM PST · by orsonwb · 14 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | Jan. 21, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    In the first installment of this two part series, we examine the factors that are influencing how individuals, major corporations, and other countries, are rethinking the most basic, yet vital resource of all, water. In part two, we take a detailed look at an increasingly popular alternative to the municipal water system, Rainwater Harvesting...
  • California drought: Scientists puzzled by persistence of blocking 'ridge'

    01/21/2014 10:06:23 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 1-21-14 | Gloria Goodale
    While much of the United States has experienced a weather year with fewer extremes and an easing drought, the record-breaking California drought – the worst since 1895 – is not leaving the region anytime soon, according to climatologists. The unseasonal balmy but dry weather is the result of an equally unprecedented high pressure ridge lurking offshore and blocking the typical winter storms needed to drop precipitation all along the West Coast. This ridge has persisted for 13 months and the longer it lingers, the less likely it is to leave, points out climatologist Brian Fuchs, from the National Drought Mitigation...
  • Beef prices hit record high

    01/13/2014 5:14:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 53 replies
    wjla.com ^ | 1/10/14
    Select grade beef has hit a record high this week. The weather has an impact, but that’s not all... Beef prices will increase by 2.5 to 3 percent this year, according to the USDA. “For some peoples' diet it’s gonna be a pretty big chunk of change,” says George Lesznar of Harvey’s Market in D.C. U.S. cattle cost more because of a rebound effect from several years of drought in major producing places like Texas, Nebraska, and Kansas. With the increased cost of feed some ranchers reduced their herds. The USDA called America’s cattle herd the smallest in 60 years....
  • Weather.Gov: Drought relief for Texas/Georgia for November 2013

    11/04/2013 9:46:32 AM PST · by topher · 18 replies
    Weather.Gov /NOAA.Gov ^ | November 2013
    Latest Monthly Assessment - The November 2013 Drought Outlook is based on initial conditions, short and medium range forecasts, the CPC updated monthly outlooks for temperature and precipitation, and climatology. During late October, heavy rains ahead of a slow moving cold front fell across parts of south-central and southeastern Texas, causing localized flooding in Austin and regions just to the southwest. Widespread rainfall associated with the same storm system also overspread eastern Kansas, Missouri, southern Iowa, and northern Illinois, with accumulations of an inch or greater observed. Additional rainfall in these areas are expected during the first week of...
  • Downfall of Ancient Greece Caused by 300-Year Drought

    10/25/2013 4:43:00 AM PDT · by Renfield · 22 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | 10-22-2013 | Tia Ghose
    A 300-year drought may have caused the demise of several Mediterranean cultures, including ancient Greece, new research suggests. A sharp drop in rainfall may have led to the collapse of several eastern Mediterranean civilizations, including ancient Greece, around 3,200 years ago. The resulting famine and conflict may help explain why the entire Hittite culture, chariot-riding people who ruled most of the region of Anatolia, vanished from the planet, according to a study published in August in the journal PLOS ONE. Lost golden period Even during the heyday of Classical Greek civilization, there were hints of an earlier culture that was...