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Forget The Snow, It's The Drought That Is Crushing The US Economy

With all eyes and talking heads focused on the 'weather', it seems cold, wet, snowy, and frigid are the most GDP-destructive adjectives. However, as …

Appeals court rejects higher water rates for big users

A state appeals court dealt a potentially serious blow Monday to local governments’ attempts to encourage water conservation in drought-parched California, ruling that they cannot charge higher rates to big users simply because those customers guzzle more water.<p>Instead, the court said, cities and …

From Almond Milk to the Putting Green: California Drought Shaming, Diagrammed

In the weeks following California governor Jerry Brown’s historic speech heralding water-use restrictions in the state, aspersion casting has quickly become a full-contact sport in the golden West. The almond farmers—and their gallon-per-nut crop—were the first to draw ire, but it hasn’t stopped …

Politics Live

<i>For the duration of the election, The Globe is answering your questions – from fact-checking leaders’ statements to digging deep into policies and promises. Have a question? Tweet it with #AskTheGlobe</i><p><i>JJ June</i> poised this question: #<b>AskTheGlobe</b> Fact Check “Harper says ‘most’ cases of murdered …

California drought threatens luxe Beverly Hills lawns and swimming pools

California’s drought is threatening Beverly Hills with a triple whammy on its lawns, pools and checkbooks.<p>New water restrictions could limit watering to two days a week, ban draining and refilling of existing swimming pools and set fines of up to $1,000 for violations.<p>The city council is also …

Water

Water Data Deluge: Addressing the California Drought Requires Access to Accurate Data

By<p>Kim S. Nash<p>California, now in its fourth year of drought, is collecting more data than ever from utilities, municipalities and other water providers about just how much water flows through their pipes. The state legislature is due to vote in two weeks on additional water conservation regulations …

A record drought is forcing Southern California to dramatically cut local water deliveries

The Metropolitan Water District's plan aims to put cities in the greater Los Angeles area in compliance with an order by Governor Jerry Brown to reduce water use by 25 percent, the first mandatory statewide reduction in California history.<p>Beginning in July, two-dozen member agencies will be fined …

Did California drought clear up Lake Tahoe? - Futurity

Lake Tahoe is the clearest it's been in more than a decade. Should the drought in California get at least some of the credit?

California

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 …

Water

Why Is Media Coverage of California Drought Omitting Biggest Culprit?

In its extensive coverage of the California drought, the New York Times has consistently focused on the cultivation of crops without so much as …

California drought renews thirst for desalination plants | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California’s 3-year-old drought has thrust seawater desalination into the spotlight as San Diego County, Santa Barbara and other cities push ahead with treatment plants that will soon turn the Pacific Ocean into a source of drinking water.<p>Water valves are seen as …

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California drought from above: Aerial photos show need for water restrictions in arid state

What will it take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, with its technicolour landscape of perfect lawns, verdant …

California faces 'Dust Bowl'-like conditions amid drought, says climate tracker

With a slew of statistics projected on the slideshow behind him, California's state climatologist had a stark warning during a Thursday presentation on the severity of<p>the drought.<p>"You're looking on numbers that are right on par with what was the Dust Bowl," said the climatologist, Michael …