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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.

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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Extreme Weather, Climate Controversy Set the Political Stage

The flow of news and developments directly and indirectly related to climate change has been fast and strong this past couple of weeks as government leaders in the U.S. and around the world prepare for U.N. climate treaty talks in Paris.

Risk of Southwest Megadrought Higher than Thought

The risks of prolonged “megadrought” across the U.S. Southwest, as well as arid/semi-arid regions around the world are substantially higher than believed, according to scientists from Cornell, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey.

The California drought is "exceptional" in nearly the entire state and continues to worsen. Is this a global harbinger of things to come?

California’s Drought is a Global Warning

California drought is “exceptional” and getting worse While many places in the U.S. suffer from drought, no state is suffering more than California. For three years, the nation’s most populace state has been enduring one of the worst droughts since record-keeping started in 1885. The long stretch of subnormal precipitation dates back to 2011. In 2012, the drought had already reached historic proportions…

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