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Hurricane Patrick fueled by unprecedented warm waters in the Pacific

Western U.S. Braces for Onset of El Niño Storms

This year’s strong El Niño is wreaking havoc around the world, including in the U.S., where Californians are bracing for the onset of a series of expected storms.

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Drought, Climate Change Exacts Heavy Toll In Central America

From Panama on up, the greenhouse effect and the onset of El Niño is leading to more in the way of drought and extreme variability in weather patterns. Drought across El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua displaced some 2 million rural residents, mostly smallholder farmers and their families this year. In Panama, rainfall this spring has set a new record low and residents have been coping with a heat wave.

Folsom Lake at Sunset during the California drought

EarthTalk: Should We Blame the California Drought on Environmentalists?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is California’s epic drought really the result of too much meddling by environmentalists like some conservatives have suggested?   — Betsy Martin, Butte, MT While no one questions that California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in…

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Amid Threat of Brownouts, DOE Releases First Ever National Hydropower Assessment

As states across the U.S. West struggle to cope with drought and climate change the Energy Department released the first ever nationwide assessment of the market for U.S. hydropower.

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LA Mayor Launches ‘Save the Drop’ Campaign Amidst California’s Record-Breaking Drought

In an effort to mobilize efforts to conserve water in the face of the unprecedented California drought, Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced yesterday the launch of “Save the Drop,” a campaign designed to to coordinate existing water conservation outreach programs across the city. The campaign launch comes on the heals of California Governor Jerry Brown issuing the first mandatory…

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Dead-Zone Nutrient Reduction Target Pushed Out to 2035

Progress has been achieved in certain watersheds, but pushing back the target date to reduce run-off of nitrogen and phosphorous two decades is a testament to the extent and intractability of the problem.

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IUCN: Value of Natural World Heritage Sites Goes Far Beyond Monetary Gain

Contributing billions of dollars per year to local communities and national economies, UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites provide critical ecosystem benefits and a lifeline that keeps our connection to nature intact.