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California Drowning

Curious what all the fuss is about in California these last two week? And, no, I am not talking about the resistance to Trump–that is alive and well. I’m talking about the damage to the Oroville dam spillway and emergency … Continue reading

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What People Don’t Understand About Drought Could Fill Lake Oroville

In an “it’s about damn time” announcement, Governor Brown FINALLY mandated water conservation measures in California. This is an historic event since it is the first time in the state’s history that a California governor has directed the State Water Resources … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Political Instability

In a recent study by scientists from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the authors show not only that the drought that devastated parts of Syria from 2006 to … Continue reading

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A Drying West is a Dying West

In a report released February 1, 2015 in the Journal of Science Advances, researchers from NASA and Cornell and Columbia universities warned of a coming megadrought–drought severity outside the bounds of what’s thought to have occurred over the past 1,000–that … Continue reading

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This is Just The Beginning

As the title of Clare Foran’s recent article in the National Journal suggests, things are getting rough in California as water becomes a more and more precious resource. In “Drought is Taking California Back to the Wild, Wild West,” Foran … Continue reading

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Bringing the Drought Home

I’ve written about the west’s extended drought and climate change here before, but an article I came across at MNN (Mother Nature Network) really brought the matter home. I grew up in the Sacramento Valley in a little farming town … Continue reading

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Drying Up and Dying Off

Anyone paying the least bit attention knows the west is drying up faster than a prune in a dehydrator. We’re in the midst of an extended major drought, we’re depleting huge amounts of groundwater to try to make up for … Continue reading

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Will We Ever Seen the Rain?

As a native Californian and the daughter of a farming family, I’ve paid attention to the weather in California for much of my life. I left when I was in my mid-twenties, but during the years I spent in the … Continue reading

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