There's no Oscar for Best Manmade 'Natural' Disaster, but if there were, Southern California would win in a mudslide. You really can't overstate the severity of California's current drought, from its national impact on our food chain to its global implications for climate change.
A far better approach would be an idea that has been around for decades: Make the polluter pay. Making polluters pay makes sense because it makes markets more efficient by placing the incentive to reduce pollution where it belongs -- on those responsible for it.
Mega-droughts in California and other Southwest regions of the United States have been getting worse, and locals are determined to do something about ...
At long last, California is expected to receive some significant rainfall and snowfall this week. It will help ease the historic drought. But we are not out of the woods. Far from it.
Californians are looking out their windows and seeing dry lakes, dead grass, and empty reservoirs. Towns are restricting water use. Some have less than 100 days of water left. The environmental and personal effects of our current drought are everywhere.
As California is enduring the worst drought in its history, some politicians are blaming it all on federal and state environmental laws that protect ...
Lucky for us, we have the largest talent pool ever assembled in one political jurisdiction: 38 million Californians. Let's just get to work.
Sure, every year is a great year to start a vegetable garden, but this year I kind of realized how Noah must have felt when he decided it might be a good time to build an ark.
by guest blogger Deirdre Imus, author and environmental health advocate Maybe you've heard about the ongoing drought in California. Maybe you haven...
We'll have a bad water year this year, no doubt. But the fault lines to our core problems are less weather-related than the handed-down rules drawn up more than a quarter century before the first New York to San Francisco phone call.
If we don't start managing our groundwater, we will be trying to fill a tub with a hole in it. All of our other actions and investments won't fix the problem. We need to do more than hope for more rain.
Californians are welcoming rain, but that hasn't stopped the astonishingly bold-faced water grab by San Joaquin Valley Republicans which would massively redistribute the state's water in the favor of Republican farming districts.
The costs of drought vary widely from sector to sector, and often include things that are hard to measure or to quantify. It is difficult to report on drought costs in a comprehensive or consistent way. And until a drought ends, it is impossible to know the ultimate costs.
Such reports are terrifying to every farmer in the state, but in the wine industry, where irrigation is critical to raising healthy, bountiful grapes to be made into prestigious wines carrying $100 price tags on their labels, such a drought has no precedent.
You may have heard that California is experiencing a devastating drought. Sure, we're using social media to share photos of ourselves cavorting on the beach in Santa Cruz, wearing swimsuits on Martin Luther King Jr''s birthday so that loved ones in, say Ohio, will hate us, but things are getting really serious.
We may gloat about sunny days, but would we about our food supply? Half of U.S. food products are imported from other countries, and most states produce less than 10 percent of the food they consume.