As the state thirstily sucks groundwater from underground aquifers, especially to keep its massive agriculture industry operational, the people up above are feeling the ramifications and are beginning to crack -- literally -- under the pressure.
At the end of February the scenes in the South Pacific atoll island nation of Kiribati were dramatic and frightening. Waves crashed across the lagoon side of South Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati, swamping everything in their path.
For years, people have pointed to El Niño as the culprit behind floods, droughts, famines, economic failures and record-breaking global heat. Can a single climate phenomenon really cause all these events?
The Koch brothers, who have built up their vast fortune through oil, gas and coal, will battle to protect their fossil fuel interests. If they succeed, it would mark doom for Barack Obama's second-term green agenda.
Now that the 15 year global warming "pause" is confirmed dead, it is fascinating, if at times painful, to look back at the sharp disagreements among important scientific figures in the climate community.