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Bringing awareness to the vital importance of forests: The International Day of Forests

Hug a Tree: International Day of Forests

Happy International Day of Forests! – March 21 marks the International Day of Forests (IDF). The United Nations General Assembly established  IDF on November 28, 2012 as a means of raising awareness of the beauty, importance and plight of the world’s forests. The history of IDF stretches back to 1971 when the 16th session of the Conference for Food and Agriculture voted…

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Land Masses Soaking Up More Water as Climate Warms

As ice sheets and glaciers continue to melt, continents and land masses around the world are soaking up and storing more water. That’s temporarily slowing sea level rise, according to new research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the University of California, Irvine.

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.

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.

Fire Road - the California drought

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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