The giant wholesaler that provides drinking water for half the California population has drained two-thirds of its stored supplies as the state contends with a punishing drought, officials said Monday.
Government scientists say exceptionally hot, dry conditions and a lack of insulating snowpack primed Mt. Shasta for the massive mudslide that rumbled down over the weekend after a pulse of water burst out from under an alpine glacier. That a severe drought could cause flooding is the latest expression of a three-year dry spell that is afflicting California with increased wildfires, crop losses, water shortages and spikes in air pollution.
In the latest surveys, respondents said California’s massive wine industry will hold its own in the global marketplace despite shifts in consumer demographics, drought, competition from imported wines and the rising popularity of craft beers and cocktails.
Perhaps only in Stockton might the City Council be asked to declare a Stage 1 Water Shortage Emergency and simultaneously have to shell out nearly $50,000 to repair City Hall rainwater damage at the very same meeting.
Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.
Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute.
It has been almost 25 years since the United States joined much of the world in Rio de Janeiro and tentatively agreed to do something to reduce the pollutants associated with global warming and other climate disruption. Since then, though, the U.S. has been a laggard in taking major action.
We’re all mindful of the need to conserve water in what’s shaping up as the hottest and driest year in California history. That can make dousing a garden with water seem wasteful and vaguely subversive.
Gov. Jerry Brown, who has positioned himself as a climate-change leader in California, is taking his message to the international stage with a pair of speaking engagements today at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.
A small Mount Shasta community is on flood watch Monday after a chunk of the Konwakiton Glacier, high on the flank of the 14,179-foot volcano, broke off over the weekend and sent high, muddy flows careening down slope toward Highway 89 and into the renowned McCloud River.
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop clean domestic energy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Tuesday will visit the Palm Springs area to celebrate an important renewable energy and landscape-level conservation milestone. Secretary Jewell will be joined by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), U.S.
A new report released today [Sept. 22] by the Department of the Interior’s Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor finds that projected changes in temperature and precipitation, combined with a growing population, will have significant impacts on water supplies, water quality, fish and wildlife habitats, ecosystems, hydropower, recreation and flood control, in California’s Central Valley this century.