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California’s momentous climate gamble: How the governor’s pledge to slash emissions shatters precedent

Brown issued an executive order calling for a 40 percent cut in emissions by 2030<p>Wednesday, in the midst of his state's epic, ongoing drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced an ambitious new target for fighting climate change.<p>The executive order is momentous in magnitude: the aim is to cut …

Photograph: Al Golub/AP<p>Almonds ready for harvest in Hilmar, California, In 2011. 'Contrary to some claims, almond farms occupy less than 12% of the state’s total irrigated farmland and use only about 8% of the agricultural (not total) water supply,' writes Richard Waycott. Photograph: Al Golub/AP<p>276<p>…

Water

California's Destructive Cycle: Wasting water to produce carbon energy.

In California and around the world, water supply and carbon-based energy production are locked in a destructive feedback cycle. Fossil fuel …

Fossil Fuels

California’s drought isn’t doomsday, but yes, it will change the state

As California parches, people in the state have begun to ask tough questions. Will we be talking about rationing drinking water at some point? Will …

Why is California screwed? Californians.

A Big Culprit In California's Drought Starts With 'A' -- And It's Not Almonds

California's water-intensive almond industry has faced mounting criticism during the drought, especially after Gov. Jerry Brown announced that the state's first mandatory water cutbacks wouldn't apply to farmers. But several deep looks into where the agriculture industry's water goes point to …

Report: Bay Area needs to prepare for 'mega storm'

A new environmental report is warning that the Bay Area can expect to go from drought to deluge and should brace for a "mega storm."<p>Researchers say a …

Wiping out California’s almond industry won’t fix the water crisis

And to think, just a few years ago, working for the California Almond Board was probably a relatively boring job.<p>As the most important agricultural state in America struggles through the fourth year of a historic drought, California has started to turn on itself. The state's government has imposed …

Executive Order provisions on conservation for State Water Board regulation

State Water Board Drought Year Water Actions<p>Executive Order provisions on conservation for State Water Board regulation<p><b>Mandatory Statewide</b> …

California cities reel as state details urban water-saving targets

There still will be plenty of Mercedes-Benzes, BMWs and Teslas on Beverly Hills’ famed Rodeo Drive this summer, but they’ll probably be a lot …

California Almonds Roasted In Drought Debate Over Irrigation

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — California almonds are becoming one of the world’s favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for …

Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey have never been more relevant in the drought-stricken West

In this overheated, overcrowded world, the books of these “reluctant environmentalists” can be our guides<p>It was 2012, a summer of fires and fracking. The hottest summer on record, they said, with Midwest cornfields burnt crisp and the whole West aflame, a summer when the last thing a card-carrying …

The Big Idea: California Is So Over

California’s drought and how it’s handled show just what kind of place the Golden State is becoming: feudal, super-affluent and with an impoverished …

California Towns Shrink Amid Drought, in More Ways Than One

Tony Azevedo’s a third-generation farmer in California’s Central Valley. For decades, his family has grown cantaloupes. This year, he won’t — and he’ll leave a third of his 11,500-acre farm fallow.<p>"This field would have been cantaloupes, had we had the water," he explained, pointing to some of his …

Almonds in California: They use up a lot of water, but they deserve a place in California’s future.

This year’s “rainy” season is over, and California is beginning to accept its fate: Business-as-usual farming in the Golden State may soon become a …

Parts of California are missing 2 years' worth of rain

California is in a record drought of the kind that hasn't been seen in at least 1,200 years, by one measure.<p>Now the National Weather Service in …

A Last-Ditch Drought Strategy for the Delta: Rock Barriers

Officials estimate it will cost $28 million for what is essentially an engineered rock pile, to be constructed in May and then taken down again in …

Dry Wells Plague California as Drought Has Water Tables Plunging

Near California’s Success Lake, more than 1,000 water wells have failed. Farmers are spending $750,000 to drill 1,800 feet down to keep fields from …

The Drought's Latest Victim Out West Is the Housing Market

The drought out West isn't just evident in parched front lawns. It's also starting to infiltrate U.S. housing data, according to the chief economist …