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State Officials Prod California Cities to Act on Drought

July 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Drought Crisis

As California enters the hottest and driest season of the year, state officials are acting today to prod California’s cities and water suppliers to take drought conditions more seriously – and none too soon. Emergency regulations drafted by the State Water Resources Control Board are clearly needed.[read more]

Making the Most of California's Rain: Report Shows How Capturing Stormwater Can Make Water Supplies Reliable

June 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California Rain Supplies

In May, measurements of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which normally provides about one-third of the water used by the state’s farms and cities (as well as by natural ecosystems) as it slowly melts through the spring and summer, were at only 18 percent of average for that time of year.[read more]

California's Drought: Where has the Water Gone this Year?

May 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Drought

Although there were a few storms in March and April that improved hydrology and water supply for some water districts, 2014 is still going to be a very tough year for most farmers, some cities, and the fish and wildlife in quite of a lot of California.[read more]

Firenado Alert: All Of California Under Severe Drought As Climate Change Dries Out Texas

May 18, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change and Firenados

The epic drought in California worsened this week, setting up “unprecedented” fire conditions and even spawning a fire tornado. At the same time, the drought in Texas may become the third worst in the last 500 years. Both states face even worse droughts in the future thanks to climate change.[read more]

Study Ties Epic California Drought, 'Frigid East' To Manmade Climate Change

April 18, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Effects

Natural variability alone cannot explain the extreme weather pattern that has recently driven both the record-setting California drought, and also the cooler weather seen across most of the Midwest and East this winter, a major new study finds.[read more]

Water Utility Turns to DR and Efficiency to Save $500M Annually

April 8, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

From high rises in Los Angeles to 7-Elevens in New York City, enterprises are looking for ways around high utility demand charges during peak times of electricity usage. But for water utilities, especially in California, it’s difficult to tackle energy costs in the midst of a water crisis.[read more]

Yes, Manmade Global Warming Is Worsening California's Epic Drought

March 25, 2014 by Joseph Romm

California Drought and Climate Change

California’s epic drought got even worse last week. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that the area of California under moderate drought (or worse) rose from 94.6 percent of the state to a stunning 99.8 percent. The area under extreme or exceptional drought rose from 65.9 to 71.8 percent.[read more]

While Some Lawmakers Offer Outdated Ideas for Drought, California Proves Power of Water Efficiency

March 20, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

California and Water Efficiency

A few weeks ago, I got to see Californians experience something they hadn’t in a long time: a downpour. It was a welcome gift, but it wasn’t enough. Even with the wet weather, roughly 90 percent of California is still in severe or exceptional drought.[read more]

Climatologist Who Predicted California Drought 10 Years Ago Says It May Soon Be 'Even More Dire'

March 9, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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California Drought

Climate change can worsen drought in multiple ways. Climate scientists and political scientists often confuse the public and the media by focusing on the narrow question, “Did climate change cause the drought” — that is, did it reduce precipitation?[read more]

Can Solar Energy Fill the Hydropower Gap During California's Drought?

March 3, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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After reading an article in the San Jose Mercury with the unwieldy title, “Drought threatens California’s hydroelectricity supply, but solar makes up the gap” I was intrigued enough to do a little fact-checking on state-level electricity statistics.[read more]

Drought Rates Missing from Most Local Drought Plans in California

February 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Drought Rates and Local Plans

Today, they are short of water. Tomorrow, they will be short of money. As water supplies dwindle in the face of what could actually be the driest year in California’s history, most of the state’s urban water utilities face 2014 financially flatfooted.[read more]

Will California Get Smart About Water?

February 25, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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The California drought is big news for the state and the nation. California’s agriculture sector, which supplies about half the nation’s fruit and vegetables and uses about 80% of the state’s water, will have to idle about half a million acres because of the lack of water.[read more]

Can Solar Energy Help with California's Water Woes?

February 20, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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California, Water, and Solar

Want good beer? You need clean water. Now, there’s strong motivation to keep our water supply clean -- whether you prefer drinking water or beer. And that makes a good case for moving away from coal and gas production. More than half of all toxic water pollution comes from coal-fired power plants.[read more]

California's Recent Droughts Have Grown Longer And Stronger

February 11, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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California and Drought

The good news: Parts of California are finally getting some much needed precipitation. The bad news: In terms of the ongoing drought that has gripped parts of the West for years, the moisture with this system will only make a dent in the huge precipitation deficit that has occurred.[read more]