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  • Environmental group sues to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

    04/24/2015 7:31:50 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/24/2015 | Paul Rogers
    Spurned at the ballot box three years ago and facing an even more uphill battle now because of California's historic drought, an environmental group has filed a lawsuit attempting to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a linchpin of the water supply for 2.6 million Bay Area residents from San Francisco to San Jose to southern Alameda County.
  • Amid Drought, San Francisco Uses Drinking Water To Heat City Hall, Other Buildings

    04/24/2015 6:57:46 AM PDT · by Lockbox · 7 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 4-23-15 | Mike Sugarman
    Water is heated to make steam to heat City Hall and 170 other nearby buildings. Although City Hall reuses most of its portion, a quarter million gallons a day goes wasted. Good drinking water which ends up in the sewer. It’s a system that is more than 80 years old. “This system has been set up in the city for many decades, as far as this steam loop. It doesn’t rely on fossil fuels or natural gas to heat these buildings. So in that sense it’s good,” Jue said
  • Crazy and not-so-crazy ideas for solving the California drought

    04/22/2015 11:59:33 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 34 replies
    dailyme.com ^ | April 22, 2015, 6:00 AM | Michael Casey
    Crazy and not-so-crazy ideas for solving the California drought 52 Photos The dried up lake bed of Huntington Lake which is at only 30 percent capacity as a severe drought continues to affect California. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images California Gov. Jerry Brown has sounded the alarm over the state's historic drought, warning that it will take "unprecedented actions" to solve the crisis.That battle cry has produced a brainstorming session like no other - prompting celebrities, tech gurus, politicians and business leaders to offer a range of innovative and outlandish solutions for easing the dry stretch that is now in its fourth...
  • In blow to water conservation, court rejects San Juan Capistrano's tiered rates

    04/20/2015 6:51:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Matt Stevens
    In a ruling with major implications for California's water conservation campaign, a state appeals court on Monday ruled that a tiered water rate structure used by the city of San Juan Capistrano to encourage conservation was unconstitutional.. The Orange County city used a rate structure that charged customers who used small amounts of water a lower rate than customers who used larger amounts. But the 4th District Court of Appeal struck down San Juan Capistrano's fee plan, saying it violated voter-approved Proposition 218, which prohibits government agencies from charging more for a service than it costs to provide it. "We...
  • The Big Idea: California Is So Over

    04/20/2015 9:00:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04/20/2015 | Joel Kotkin
    California’s drought and how it’s handled show just what kind of place the Golden State is becoming: feudal, super-affluent and with an impoverished interior. California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society dominated by rich and poor, with little opportunity for upward mobility for the state’s middle- and working classes. The water situation...
  • The Big Idea: California Is So Over

    04/20/2015 9:59:50 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 19, 2015 | Joel Kotkin
    California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles feudalism, a society dominated by rich and poor, with little opportunity for upward mobility for the state’s middle- and working classes.
  • Another Reason To Move Away From California: ‘Conditions Are Now Like A Third-World Country’

    04/19/2015 8:10:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/19/2015 | Michael Snyder
    As if anyone actually needed another reason to move out of the crazy state of California, now it is being reported that conditions in some areas of the state “are like a third-world country” due to the multi-year megadrought that has hit the state. In one California county alone, more than 1,000 wells have gone dry as the groundwater has disappeared. The state is turning back into a desert, and an increasing number of homes no longer have any water coming out of their taps or showerheads. So if you weren’t scared away by the wildfires, mudslides, high taxes, crime,...
  • Not drinking enough water has same effect as drink driving

    04/18/2015 8:07:19 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 45 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | April 18, 2015 | Nicola Harley
    Having as few as five sips of water an hour while driving is equivalent to being over the drink drive limit. Drivers make more than twice as many mistakes when they are just mildly dehydrated, according to new research. The study revealed that drivers who had only had 25ml of water an hour made more than double the number of mistakes on the road than those who were hydrated - the same amount as those who have been drink driving.
  • William Shatner’s $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign to Save California [Water Pipeline Seattle to LA]

    04/17/2015 5:19:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 86 replies
    YahooNews ^ | April 17, 2015 | David Pogue
    William Shatner’s $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign to Save California David Pogue April 17, 2015 William Shatner. Wow. He’s 84 years old, looks 65, and juggles a schedule that would exhaust a team of 10. Book projects, TV projects, tech projects, horse-riding projects, charity projects. And his willingness to embrace the tech world is impressive; he’s got YouTube channels, he’s conducted Kickstarter projects, and he has a huge Twitter presence: more than 2 million followers. (He’s tweeted 30,000 times so far — and yes, it’s really him.) The hour he spent with me in a Yahoo Tech Mix interview wasn’t even...
  • Cities Push Back on Governor's Water Cutbacks

    04/17/2015 1:08:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    One water district manager says the plan fails to account for water-saving measures already in effect in some California communitiesCalifornia cities are pushing back against Gov. Jerry Brown's order for mandatory water use reductions, but it's not likely that regulators will retreat with the state in its fourth year of drought. The State Water Resources Control Board's proposal to meet Brown's order has some cities slashing water use by more than a third, and it will be updated in the coming days. Dozens of affected agencies say the expected reduction targets are overreaching, unrealistic and unfair. Calif. Sets Water Use...
  • Glass Half Full: 13 Ways California’s Historic Drought Is Totally Awesome

    04/16/2015 11:11:29 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Brandon Mercer
    The worst drought to hit California since the Middle Ages is already making indoor plumbing irrelevant in several Central Valley towns that exhausted their entire water supplies. Others are running low and rationing the precious resource. Despite the brown lawns and dire climate predictions, there’s always a silver lining to the non-existent rain cloud. Here’s why the glass is literally half-full:
  • Man-made disaster': Critics say California drought caused by misguided environment policies

    04/16/2015 11:14:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-16-15 | Malia Zimmerman
    The blistering drought that has Californians timing their showers, driving dirty cars and staring at brown lawns and empty swimming pools is a “man-made disaster,” according to critics, who say the Golden State’s misguided environmental policies allow much-needed freshwater to flow straight into the Pacific. In an average year, California gets enough snow and rain to put 200 million acres under a foot of water, but environmental opposition to dams over the last several decades has allowed the majority of the freshwater to flow into the ocean, even as the state’s population exploded to nearly 40 million people. ~snip~ “This...
  • California drought gives 'toilet to tap' a new level of attention

    04/15/2015 11:19:30 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 15, 2015 | Jeff Daniels
    As the California drought worsens, some communities such as Orange County, San Diego and the Silicon Valley are expanding water recycling programs, and support for "toilet to tap" programs appears to be growing from a once-squeamish public. Because a lot of communities are running out of water, they sort of have to explore all their options," said Janny Choy, research analyst with Water in the West, a program of the Stanford Woods Institute and the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. "Recycled water is certainly one piece of the puzzle, but it's probably not going to...
  • Florida Gov. in Calif. to Poach Jobs

    04/13/2015 11:53:32 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 25 replies
    www.kmjnow.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | Unknown
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is the latest state leader on a jobs-poaching trip to California. Scott will visit a jobs forum in Los Angeles on Monday, where he will discuss why California businesses should move their operations to Florida.
  • Bone-dry California dumps water to 'make fish happy'

    04/13/2015 8:32:00 AM PDT · by detective · 41 replies
    WND ^ | 04/11/2015 | Greg Corombos
    Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., is working feverishly to reverse federal and state policies that give fish and rivers priority over people in the distribution of water during the worst drought in California history. The state is now in the fourth year of the drought, and water reserves are running frighteningly low. McClintock said it’s a result of stunningly stupid policies dating back to the last time Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown was in office. “We haven’t built a major dam in this state since 1979,” McClintock said. “Meanwhile, the population has nearly doubled. We aren’t going to solve our water problems...
  • This Mountain on Mars Is Leaking

    04/11/2015 4:22:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Jason Major
    As the midsummer Sun beats down on the southern mountains of Mars, bringing daytime temperatures soaring up to a balmy 25şC (77şF), some of their slopes become darkened with long, rusty stains that may be the result of water seeping out from just below the surface. The image above, captured by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Feb. 20, shows mountain peaks within the 150-km (93-mile) -wide Hale Crater. Made from data acquired in visible and near infrared wavelengths the long stains are very evident, running down steep slopes below the rocky cliffs. These dark lines, called...
  • Environment - Not Farmers Using 80% of California's Water ?

    04/10/2015 8:44:20 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 23 replies
    Environment - Not Farmers Using 80% of California's Water ? Does the California Citrus Mutual have a point? In a Press Release - they also claim "The only sector that has been "exempt" from water reductions is, in fact, the largest user of water - the environment. " " For a second consecutive year farmers in the Central Valley will receive a zero percent allocation of surface water from the Central Valley Project. Citrus growers in the Friant Service Area are among the most severely impacted. " "As growers grapple with another year of no water, more and more acreage...
  • EPA Grant Will Study Ways to Measure Hotel Guests' Shower Times

    04/10/2015 8:27:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    newsmax ^ | April 9, 2015 | Todd Beamon
    The University of Tulsa has received $15,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop the technology for a wireless system to measure how long hotel guests take showers and how much water they use. "Hotels consume a significant amount of water in the U.S. and around the world," according to a description of the project on the EPA's website. "Most hotels do not monitor individual guest water usage and as a result, millions of gallons of potable water are wasted every year by hotel guests. "The proposed work aims to develop a novel low-cost wireless device for monitoring...
  • Carly Fiorina: The Man-Made Water Shortage in California

    04/10/2015 5:12:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 60 replies
    Time ^ | April 7, 2015 | Carly Fiorina
    It comes down to this: Which do we think is more important, families or fish? ...With different policies over the last 20 years, all of this could have been avoided. Droughts are nothing new in California — the state has suffered from them for centuries. The difference now is that government policies are making it much worse. Despite the awareness around this issue, liberals continue to develop and promote policies which allow much of California’s rainfall to wash out to sea. Specifically, these policies have resulted in the diversion of more than 300 billion gallons of water away from farmers...
  • Moving Toward Real Water Prices [California]

    04/09/2015 7:34:41 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 31 replies
    Inside Sources ^ | April 9, 2015 | Ian Adams
    Gov. Jerry Brown has taken a dramatic, but dangerous, step by issuing an executive order to cut non-agricultural water usage by 25 percent. The unprecedented and problematic step will accomplish at once too little and too much. It will not seriously impact the shortage, but will simultaneously sour Californians on the need for a new approach to water use. The seriousness of California’s water shortage is lost on no one. The state’s snowpack is a fraction of what it has been historically and ground water is being depleted at a rate well above replacement. The desolate images of California’s shrinking...
  • Carly Fiorina blames liberal environmentalists for Calif. water crisis

    04/09/2015 8:18:34 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 29 replies
    Wasington Times ^ | April 6, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is blaming California’s water crisis on “liberal environmentalists” who are “willing to sacrifice other people’s lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology.” “With different policies over the last 20 years, all of this could be avoided,” Ms. Fiorina said in an interview Monday on Glenn Beck’s radio show, The Blazereported. “Despite the fact that California has suffered from droughts for millennia, liberal environmentalists have prevented the building of a single new reservoir or a single new water conveyance system over decades during a period in which California’s population...
  • Buried Mars Glaciers are Brimming With Water

    04/08/2015 2:47:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Irene Klotz
    Radar images previously revealed thousands of buried glacier-like formations in the planet’s northern and southern hemispheres. That data has now been incorporated into computer models of ice flow to determine the glaciers’ size and hence how much water they contain. “We have looked at radar measurements spanning 10 years back in time to see how thick the ice is and how it behaves. A glacier is, after all, a big chunk of ice and it flows and gets a form that tells us something about how soft it is. We then compared this with how glaciers on Earth behave and...
  • SpaceX will attempt a potentially historic rocket launch and landing next week (13APR2015/1633 EDT)

    04/08/2015 3:00:10 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8APR2015 | Jessica Orwig
    Get ready for another historic SpaceX rocket landing attempt scheduled for Monday, April 13. This will be the second time that SpaceX will try to land a massive, 140-foot-tall first stage Falcon 9 rocket onto a platform that's floating offshore in the Atlantic ocean. (The first landing attempt took place last January and ended with a fiery explosion.)
  • Smart Meters: Enforcement Of Mandatory Water Restrictions Is Only Just The Beginning

    04/08/2015 1:43:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/08/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Smart meters are now being used by authorities to crack down on “water wasters” in the state of California, but this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as what they can be used for. Ultimately, smart meters are designed to be part of an entire “smart grid” that will enable government bureaucrats “to control everything from your dishwasher to thermostat“. And in recent years, there has been a massive push to install smart meters in as many homes in the United States and Europe as possible. Back in December 2007, there were only 7 million smart meters...
  • California Water Authorities To Use New Tool In Fight Against Water Wasters (Smart Meters)

    04/07/2015 2:10:52 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 6, 2015
    Water authorities are using a new tool in a major effort to crack down on people and businesses wasting water in light of new water restrictions issued by Gov. Jerry Brown to fight the drought. The Long Beach Water Department says sprinklers at a McDonald’s restaurant on Bellflower Boulevard went on for 45 minutes at a time, twice a night, for an undefined number of nights. Complaints continued to mount as water pooled and wasted. The department, however, could do little about the wasting. That was before the smart meter.
  • Carly Fiorina blames environmentalists for California drought

    04/07/2015 3:50:42 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 76 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-6-15 | Kendall Breitman
    Carly Fiorina is blaming liberal environmentalists for what she calls a “man-made” drought in California
  • California Liberals are now the "SOAP NAZIS"! (Vanity)

    04/07/2015 4:39:12 PM PDT · by LonePalm · 24 replies
    LonePalm | 4/7/2015 | LonePalm
    I was just thinking about the water problems in California. Governor Moonbeam and his fellow travelers opposed a series of water projects in the '70s that would have lessened the severity of the current water shortage in California. Then they invite in a few million illegal aliens. Now he wants to regulate how long people can take showers? They have turned into Soap Nazis.
  • An Engineered Drought

    04/06/2015 1:52:25 PM PDT · by SueRae · 10 replies
    City Journal ^ | 4/2/15 | VictorDavis Hansen
    Shortsighted coastal elites bear most of the blame for California’s water woes. April 2, 2015 Photo by Cowgirl Jules California governor Jerry Brown had little choice but to issue a belated, state-wide mandate to reduce water usage by 25 percent. How such restrictions will affect Californians remains to be seen, given the Golden State’s wide diversity in geography, climate, water supply, and demography. We do know two things. First, Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water...
  • Desalination Gains Gov. Brown’s Support for Long-Term Drought Relief

    04/06/2015 12:57:55 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/06/2015 | Chriss W. Street
    With the Sierra Nevada snowpack at its lowest level since 1950, California Governor Jerry Brown announced last week that he would implement the first mandatory water reductions in state history. But Brown also called on districts to streamline permitting practices for water projects, and to invest in new water infrastructure technologies. Brown’s comments amount to his first vocal support for widespread desalination (or desalinization). “Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow, “Governor Brown said at a press event in the Sierra Nevada mountains. “This historic drought demands unprecedented action. Therefore, I’m issuing an executive order...
  • Hello from California, where we're enjoying Gov. Moonbeam's drought

    04/06/2015 1:09:03 PM PDT · by walford · 37 replies
    CainTV ^ | April 6th, 2015 | Dan Calabrese
    Liberal policies turn a small problem into a statewide crisis.My family and I are in Los Angeles this week for some meetings concerning a super-secret venture, which, dude . . . it's super-secret! (But it won't be for long.)But one of the first things that became clear when we got here is that the state is in the midst of a water crisis - one so serious that Gov. Jerry (Moonbeam) Brown has imposed an unprecedented set of restrictions on the use of water. Friends we visited for Easter tell us the state isn't messing around. They send inspectors around...
  • California’s Green Drought

    04/06/2015 12:04:54 PM PDT · by fifedom · 47 replies
    The Wall Street Journal | April 5, 2015 | WSJ editors
    The liberals who run California have long purported that their green policies are a free (organic) lunch, but the bills are coming due. Lo, Governor Jerry Brown has mandated a 25% statewide reduction in water use. Consider this rationing a surcharge for decades of environmental excess.
  • How Jerry Brown made the California drought worse and what can be done about it

    04/06/2015 12:36:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 04/04/2015 | Mark Whittington
    Victor Davis Hanson, noting the draconian water restrictions that Gov. Jerry Brown has imposed on California, suggested that Brown and his cohorts have only themselves to blame for the effects of the drought in a piece in City Journal on Thursday. When Brown was first governor, in the 1970s, he opposed a number of projects that might have brought more water to parched Californians. Brown also diverted water to fish and river enhancement that might instead have lessened the effects of the drought.As a result of Brown’s folly, California’s agricultural sector is in great peril. This peril will impact...
  • An Engineered Drought

    04/06/2015 9:44:03 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Fox & Hounds ^ | April 6, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    California governor Jerry Brown had little choice but to issue a belated, state-wide mandate to reduce water usage by 25 percent. How such restrictions will affect Californians remains to be seen, given the Golden State’s wide diversity in geography, climate, water supply, and demography. We do know two things. First, Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water projects, along with their more recent allowance of massive water diversions for fish and river enhancement, left no margin...
  • California governor on drought: Climate change not a hoax 'We're dealing with it, and it's damn srs

    04/06/2015 8:08:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 64 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 4/5/2015 | Joseph Neese
    ABC anchor Martha Raddatz pressured Brown on criticisms that the new requirements he placed on California’s agricultural industry, which uses a reported 80% of the state’s water, were soft. To put this into perspective, Raddatz reported that more water is being used for almond production than by the combined businesses and homes of Los Angeles and San Francisco. “They’re not watering their lawn or taking long showers,” Brown said in response. “They’re providing most of the fruits and vegetables of America to a significant part of the world.”
  • Attention America: Californians will shower less

    04/06/2015 7:27:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 66 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 5, 2015 | Andrew Malcomb
    Signing far-reaching executive orders seems to have become contagious in American government, at least among Democrats. Gov. Jerry Brown went on national TV Sunday to explain his newly-announced mandatory water restrictions that will, among other things, require California residents to shower less. And if you've ever visited France, you know what that means. Last week Brown, now in his fourth term as chief executive of the nation's most populous state, said California has not properly prepared for the kind of long-term drought it appears to face now. Brown, who turns 77 Tuesday, did not blame George W. Bush, but instead...
  • Brown: 'Some People Have a Right to More Water Than Others'

    04/05/2015 10:14:38 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 61 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | April 5, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    Jerry Brown, Democrat governor of drought-stricken California, appeared Sunday on ABC's This Week and defended his executive actions that placed mandatory water restrictions on citizens but not on the agriculture industry. "There are farmers who have senior water rights," Brown told guest-host Martha Raddatz. "Some people have a right to more water than others." Of his own actions, Brown stated: This executive order is done under emergency power and it has the force of law. Very unusual. And it's requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It...
  • Gov Jerry Brown: Californians to Be Heavily Fined for Long Showers

    04/05/2015 6:02:48 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04-05-2015 | Pam Key
    Brown said, “This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law. Very unusual. It’s requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It affects people’s — how long they stay in the shower. How businesses use water.”
  • Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

    04/05/2015 4:32:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 125 replies
    Last week, Governor Jerry Brown made water conservation mandatory in the drought-stricken state of California. "As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in every way we can," he said. Morning traffic makes its way toward downtown Los Angeles along the Hollywood Freeway, past an electronic sign warning of severe drought. California Gov. Jerry Brown introduced the state's first mandatory water reduction measure this week. But if the four-year drought continues, conservation alone — at least what's required by the governor's plan — won't fix the problem. Across California, communities are examining all options to avoid running out...
  • GOV JERRY BROWN: CALIFORNIANS TO BE HEAVILY FINED FOR LONG SHOWERS

    04/05/2015 3:36:45 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 219 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 5, 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) said Californians will face heavy fines for taking long showers. Brown said, “This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law. Very unusual. It’s requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It affects people’s — how long they stay in the shower. How businesses use water.” Brown said to enforce his order, “Each water district that actually delivers waters — water to homes and businesses, they carry it out. We have a state...
  • On water, Big Ag should ante up, too

    04/05/2015 12:27:56 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04/04/2015
    As the rest of California comes to grips with the state’s historic new water mandates, there’s an elephant in the room. And it’s wearing a farmer’s hat
  • How Many People Will Have To Migrate Out Of California When All The Water Disappears?

    04/05/2015 12:00:01 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 151 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/03/2015 | Tyler Durden
    The drought in California is getting a lot worse. As you read this, snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada mountains are the lowest that have ever been recorded. That means that there won’t be much water for California farmers and California cities once again this year. To make up the difference in recent years, water has been pumped out of the ground like crazy. In fact, California has been losing more than 12 million acre-feet of groundwater a year since 2011, and wells all over the state are going dry. Once the groundwater is all gone, what are people going...
  • Residents Take Drastic Measures To Conserve Water Amid State’s Ongoing Drought

    04/03/2015 4:42:44 PM PDT · by Baynative · 48 replies
    KCALnews ^ | 4/2/15 | news
    From drought-resistant landscaping to hiring scuba divers to repair pools, Southern Californians are going to great lengths to conserve water amid the state’s ongoing drought. ~snip~ Amid those conditions, Eduardo Garcia of West Hills says he’s had to let almost all of the trees on his 1-acre property die due to a monthly water bill in excess of $200. “And I left only for the house and all the trees [are] dying now because it’s expensive,” he said. But he’s not alone. West Hills resident Virgina Burke fears a nearby development of 145 homes may hurt the environment and take...
  • Israel, China launch joint task force for expanding ties

    04/02/2015 3:51:32 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 13 replies
    J Post ^ | 03/30/2015 17:50 | By NIV ELIS
    Under the framework of the recently launched Chinese-Israeli “Water City” project, 20 officials from the municipality of Shouguang are visiting the country this week to explore a variety of Israeli innovations across the sector, the Economy Ministry announced on Monday. The trip to Israel follows Economy Minister Naftali Bennett’s November visit to China, during which Israeli and Chinese officials declared the eastern Chinese coastal city of Shouguang as the future hub – or “Water City” – for Israeli water activities in the Asian nation. At the time, the decision was made by Israeli and Chinese government officials that Israeli water...
  • California governor orders mandatory water restrictions amid drought

    04/01/2015 12:05:51 PM PDT · by dware · 109 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04.01.2015 | AP via Fox News
    ECHO LAKE, Calif. – California Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered state officials to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought. In an executive order issued Wednesday, Brown ordered the state water board to implement reductions in cities and towns to cut usage by 25 percent.
  • California governor order first ever water restrictions (25% reduction across the state)

    04/01/2015 11:41:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 105 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/1/15 | BBC
    The governor of California has created the state's mandatory water reduction orders, following a historic drought. The order mandates a 25% reduction in water sage for cities and town across the state. --snip--
  • Bill Gates: From stinky poop to fresh water – Omni Processor

    01/08/2015 9:29:26 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 61 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 7, 2015 | By Joseph Lamy
    Bill Gates and friends have developed a simple system to convert human feces into electricity, fresh water and pathogen-free ash – and no stink! In a quest to find a way to end the tragic death of more than 700,000 children annually from drinking bad water, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has sponsored a variety of waste treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Janicki Bioenergy develops and manufactures a variety of sizes of this system. It uses the combustible biomass (roughly 20% of the feces) to heat mass quantities to ~2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The super-heated steam from...
  • Time Magazine's Polar Bear Paradox: Curbing Global Warming ... To Hunt Polar Bears

    09/25/2007 11:20:04 AM PDT · by Saint X · 12 replies · 281+ views
    Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel writes how climate change is threatening man's ability to kill polar bears. By Jeff Poor Business & Media Institute 9/25/2007 Now we must save the polar bear – so that we can kill it? In the October 1 Time Magazine – an issue that is dedicated to “who owns the Arctic” – Managing Editor Richard Stengel compares two Arctic regions that have been affected by the warmer swing in temperatures in the northern regions of Norway and Canada. Stengel reported on two different Arctic attitudes based on what two Time reporters are telling him. In...
  • 'Ignore Global Warming,' Says Former Greenpeace Member

    12/15/2004 8:53:10 AM PST · by worldclass · 23 replies · 1,633+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 12/15/2004
    A former member of Greenpeace who became disillusioned with what he saw as bad eco-science urged a United Nations climate change conference to "save the world" by ignoring global warming. "Climate change is a huge thing, but there is very little that we can do about it," Bjorn Lomborg told CNSNews.com following a speech in Buenos Aires on Monday.
  • Michael Crichton -- Planet Earth's novelist of doom

    12/09/2004 10:03:31 AM PST · by bagadonutz · 64 replies · 2,613+ views
    Slate ^ | Dec. 8, 2004 | Bryan Curtis
    Who dinosaured Michael Crichton? Was it a comet or just the responsibility of being America's prophet of doom? In his new book, State of Fear, Crichton once again ascends to the pulpit to warn us of an impending horror. Like the diabolical Japanese businessmen in Rising Sun and the corporate vixen in Disclosure, these new shadowy forces, Crichton says, lurk among us, poised to wreak havoc. They're among America's fiercest enemies. They're … environmentalists. State of Fear is a 600-page tirade about global warming. Crichton thinks environmentalists have become overheated about the threat and have substituted demagoguery for hard science....
  • Court Voids a Bush Move on Energy

    01/14/2004 9:09:00 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 369+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 14, 2004 | Matthew L. Wald
    Should be titled, "Court acts illegally on energy": Court Voids a Bush Move on Energy by Matthew L. WaldJanuary 14, 2004The rule, which applies to central air-conditioners for houses, was one of several published by the Clinton administration during its last few days in office. It was effectively rescinded in a memorandum sent by Andrew H. Card Jr., chief of staff in the Bush White House, to the Energy Department, which formally acted in the early months of the new administration. Tuesday's decision, by a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York,...