Tag Archives: California Drought

HERO Is One Of California’s Better Stories

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMSince it started up in 2011, The HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (HERO PACE) Program completed more than 50,000 residential projects. That may not seem like much, in a state whose 39 million inhabitants are still hoping to see the end of the worst drought in their recorded history, but HERO is one of California’s better stories.

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Californians Waste A Lot Of Water

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMWater is a finite resource. According to Stephanie Feldstein of the Center of Biological Diversity, “Every time you turn on the tap, that water is coming from rivers, lakes and streams that wildlife depend on.” With Levi Strauss & Co’s help, the Center created the “Don’t Be a Drip” to identify some of the most wasteful activities and counties in the United States. Despite a four year long drought, they discovered Californians waste a lot of water.

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PACE Water Conservation Programs Work

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Renovate America announced that California will save more than a billion gallons of water through the completed water-efficiency projects financed through its’ HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. More than half of those projects have been completed in the five months since Governor Brown announced water reduction mandates. HERO has shown that PACE water conservation programs work.

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Is this Climate Change?

As the West Coast’s drought spreads North to BC & Alaska and the number of wildfires seems unprecedented. The ECOreport asks: Is this Climate Change?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The first seven months of this year were the warmest on record, and last month was the hottest known July. California’s drought has become a West Coast phenomenon, spreading as far north as Alaska. Wildfires are being reported in areas like Washington’s Olympic National Park, where there have been not been fires in living memory. “Rainy” British Columbia’s abnormally dry conditions are expected to continue through this fall and into winter. Trees are stressed and fish populations are failing. Is this Climate Change?

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California’s Giant Sequoias Are Threatened

Paraphrased from Ezra David Romero’s story on KVPR.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1They have withstood droughts before. Many of these trees have stood in the Sierra Nevada for 3,000 years. This is different. Their leaves have not turned this brown, or sparse, at any previous time in the park’s history. Join Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero as he joins a team of scientists investigating how California’s Giant Sequoias Are Threatened.

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BC’s fire situation appears to be improving

By Roy Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though the number of active wildfires increased to 240, of which 17 are classified as “active fires of note,”the province was no longer covered by smoke. Port Hardy’s evacuation order has been rescinded. There was rain in some of the most critical areas last night and today. Aside from Whistler, which is still “5” (moderate), the province’s Air Quality Health Index has dropped to 2’s and 3’s. BC’s fire situation appears to be improving.

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What Climate Change May Bring To The West Coast

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The situation in California is intensifying. More than half of Oregon is now officially in extreme drought conditions. Washington’s snowpack has disappeared and more than a quarter of the state’s rivers are at record time lows. Though the emergency has not yet reached British Columbia, the province predicts “some regions will likely experience significant water supply shortages.” The drought shows us what Climate Change could bring to the West Coast. Continue reading What Climate Change May Bring To The West Coast

The Man Who Made Standing On Sacred Ground

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Sacred places are the oldest form of protected areas on the planet. In my interview with filmmaker, Christopher McLeod we talked about the importance of sacred places to indigenous cultures and the message his documentary series Standing on Sacred Ground has for EuroAmerican culture, the California drought and the Alberta oilsands.

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