california drought

Los Angeles unleashes millions of plastic balls into reservoirs to fight drought

Los Angeles unleashes millions of plastic balls into reservoirs to fight drought

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqhF2JpZBVs While Los Angeles may appear to be turning its reservoirs into giant versions of childhood ball pits with the addition of 80-90 million plastic balls, they

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New study confirms global warming is making California’s drought worse

New study confirms global warming is making California’s drought worse

Climate scientists have been keeping a close eye on the years-long drought plaguing California, looking for clues that might suggest how to cope with or even reverse the drought conditions. Although

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This California city is building a water park during the state’s worst drought

This California city is building a water park during the state’s worst drought

In the town of Dublin, 35 miles inland from San Francisco, the municipality and its residents have been diligent about saving water. As California endures the worst drought in its history, children are

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Frank Gehry to revitalize the LA River as “a water reclamation project”

Frank Gehry to revitalize the LA River as “a water reclamation project”

Frank Gehry is one of our favorite architects here at Inhabitat. We’ve been eagerly awaiting his designs for the next two buildings at Facebook’s California HQ and now we have another west coast

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Fuelled by drought conditions, California’s 70,000-acre Rocky Fire is completely unpredictable

Fuelled by drought conditions, California’s 70,000-acre Rocky Fire is completely unpredictable

The 70,000 acre Rocky Fire that is still raging near Clear Lake California has defied firefighter's predictions of how a wildfire should behave. It has already crossed highways, fire lines and other

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California’s drinking water source Lake Oroville plummets to 33%

California’s drinking water source Lake Oroville plummets to 33%

Lake Oroville, a source of drinking water for 23 million Californians, has plummeted dangerously to a low 33 percent capacity. Illustrated in an emotional narrative by Diana Marcum for the LA Times, the

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Massive wildfire threatens 6,300 properties north of San Francisco

Massive wildfire threatens 6,300 properties north of San Francisco

The largest of 23 major wildfires currently burning in drought-stricken California has destroyed two dozen houses, while over 12,000 people have been advised to flee their homes in the Lower Lake region.

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California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

California lawmakers are finally getting serious about the worsening drought in the coastal state. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer jointly introduced a bill this week that outlines a host of

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Firefighters say drones are getting in the way of battling California’s wildfires

Firefighters say drones are getting in the way of battling California’s wildfires

Wildfires regularly rage in California over the hot and dry summer months, but this year firefighters are finding an additional obstacle- drones. Firefighters have been working overtime to put out what

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What scares you more? Climate change or ISIS?

What scares you more? Climate change or ISIS?

When you lie awake at night, staring at the ceiling and worrying about the world, what grips your intestines with fear? Money - either how to live without it, or never having enough? Is she or she in love

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Shrinking Lake Mead reveals surprising treasures as Southwest drought deepens

Shrinking Lake Mead reveals surprising treasures as Southwest drought deepens

Although the California drought is a scary nightmare for many throughout the Southwest, and the once mighty Lake Mead is no longer so mighty, a strange benefit of the receding waters is bringing tourists

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Tom Selleck sued for stealing tens of thousands of gallons of public water in California

Tom Selleck sued for stealing tens of thousands of gallons of public water in California

As California languishes in the worst drought in the state's history, the uber-wealthy are finding themselves "drought shamed" for wasting massive quantities of water, flouting restrictions and keeping

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Carcinogenic water from the oil industry used to irrigate California farms

Carcinogenic water from the oil industry used to irrigate California farms

Environmentalists are outraged by a longstanding practice allowing oil companies to sell water laced with known carcinogens to California farmers. Madeline Stano of the Center on Race, Poverty and the

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California oil refineries use 94 million gallons of water a day and nobody is stopping them

California oil refineries use 94 million gallons of water a day and nobody is stopping them

In California, the ground is dry, cracking, and sinking faster than ever. Farmers are walking away from hundreds of thousands of acres of croplands because there is no water to irrigate. Golf courses and

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Ten solutions to California’s drought

Ten solutions to California’s drought

Desalination systems Carlsbad, plus small scale solar alternatives Fog Catchers http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2012/sep/19/peru-fog-catchers-water-supplies Atmospheric Water

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New California water cuts force farmers to abandon 620,000 acres of cropland

New California water cuts force farmers to abandon 620,000 acres of cropland

California officials announced further water usage restrictions on Friday, this time aimed mostly at farmers in the San Joaquin and Sacramento areas. More than 100 water rights holders who gained access

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California is sinking as farmers dig deeper for water

California is sinking as farmers dig deeper for water

  California is sinking. We can’t mince words on this one. The dire drought conditions in the state have had a profound and devastating effect on crops in the state, spurring farmers to draw out

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INFOGRAPHIC: 10 tips to save water in your home

INFOGRAPHIC: 10 tips to save water in your home

Water is important to everyone and everything: we use it every day and, as a result, sometimes don't realize how much we waste. With the recent devastating droughts impacting huge portions of the US, Asia

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7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

Intro - western drought, particularly California (link to IH posts) Culprits - lawns, etc. What can you do? Save water and cut costs - not to mention maintenance. Drought tolerant plants and

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California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

Regulators in California accepted an historic offer by the state’s farmers on Friday to reduce their water usage by 25 percent by either leaving part of their land unplanted or by finding other ways to

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How Nestle is pillaging California’s water in the 4th year of the state’s worst drought

How Nestle is pillaging California’s water in the 4th year of the state’s worst drought

If you've been paying any attention to the drought in California, chances are you've shared—or at the very least encountered—some of the growing rage towards Nestle over their ongoing, unchecked

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Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history

Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history

New aerial photos show that some of California's biggest stars appear to be pouring water into their lawns and landscaping at an alarming rate, even while the state suffers from its worst drought in

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Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Fire, earthquakes and one of the worst droughts in recent history - these days California is not looking like the best place to settle down. In fact, things have gotten so bad that the state could run out

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San Diego is building a massive $1 billion desalination plant to fight severe drought

San Diego is building a massive $1 billion desalination plant to fight severe drought

As the drought in California reaches desperate proportions, San Diego County has undertaken to build the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere, one which will transform 50 million gallons

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Starbucks to move Ethos bottled water operations out of drought-stricken California

Starbucks to move Ethos bottled water operations out of drought-stricken California

Starbucks will stop sourcing its bottled water from California, the company said Friday. Starbucks’ Ethos Water will now be bottled in Pennsylvania in deference to California’s worsening drought and

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William Shatner proposes $30 billion Kickstarter-funded pipeline to solve California’s water woes

William Shatner proposes $30 billion Kickstarter-funded pipeline to solve California’s water woes

William Shatner has been many things over the course of his career—actor, author, activist, car insurance spokesperson, but his latest area of concern is somewhat of a head-scratcher. In an interview

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Could a giant blob be causing our crazy weather?

Could a giant blob be causing our crazy weather?

Yup. You read that right. Scientists say a "blob" in the Pacific Ocean could be to blame for the drought in the West and the East's seemingly endless season of snow. Apparently, about 1,000 miles off the

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California issues first-ever mandatory water restrictions to combat disastrous drought

California issues first-ever mandatory water restrictions to combat disastrous drought

As record low snow packs increase the seriousness of California's drought, Governor Jerry Brown has issued the first mandatory water restrictions in the state's history.

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California’s drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

California’s drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

As California enters its fourth year of drought, there's still no relief in sight. According to NASA, the state has just one year of water left, and in a last ditch effort cities are drilling wells to tap

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California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

California has been making headlines for the gravity of its drought. The Los Angeles Times reported that January was the driest month on record since 1895. Other sites including this one have explained

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