Tag Archives: California Drought

Trump Threatens The Environment, Health & Economic Development

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed, Donald Trump threatens the environment,  health & economic development

Press release from the Center for American Progress

By Carolyn Kenney

The first months of Donald Trump’s presidency have raised serious concerns about the new administration’s understanding of climate change and the associated security risks. President Trump’s vocal skepticism of climate change and his appointment of several prominent climate deniers to his Cabinet, along with deep proposed budget cuts to government activities aimed at slowing or adapting to climate change, could see the new administration do untold damage to the environment, human health and security, economic development, and international peace and stability.
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102 Million Trees Died in California’s Drought

The ECOreport reposts a story about drought & warming temperatures, 102 Million trees died in California’s Drought

Press Release from USDA Office of Communications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California’s drought stricken forests. In 2016 alone, 62 million trees have died, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die in the coming months and years.
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California’s Longer-Term Water Conservation Measures

The ECOreport reposts an Executive Order Aims to Make Water Conservation a Way of Life,  California’s longer-term water conservation measures

Originally Published on the Office of Governor Edmund G Brown

SACRAMENTO – Moving to bolster California’s climate and drought resilience, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions to establish longer-term water conservation measures, including permanent monthly water use reporting, new permanent water use standards in California communities and bans on clearly wasteful practices such as hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes.

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California’s Almond Acreage Increased 60,000 Acres During Drought

The ECOreport reposts story: California’s Almond Acreage Increased 60,000 Acres During Drought

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

As Governor Jerry Brown urged Californians to “Save Our Water” by taking shorter showers and letting our lawns turn brown, corporate agribusiness continued to expand its acreage in water-intensive almond trees in the Central Valley.

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Carlsbad Desalination Plant certified Drought Resilient

The ECOreport reposts a news release stating the Carlsbad Desalination Plant certified Drought Resilient

Press Release from San Diego County Water Authority

In March 2016, state regulators certified the supply of potable water from the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant as drought-resilient, reducing the regional impacts of emergency water-use mandates the state imposed in June 2015. Certification by the State Water Resources Control Board lowers the regional aggregate water conservation goal from 20 percent to about 13 percent, though water-use targets will continue to vary by local water agency.

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HERO Is One Of California’s Better Stories

The ECOreport finds that 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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Restore The Delta’s “Over Troubled Waters”

There is more to California’s Water Crises than the drought. Some of the deeper issues are documented In Restore The Delta’s “Over Troubled Waters”

From Restore The Delta

Available for the first time for free to the public. Our award winning documentary narrated by Ed Begley, Jr. on the struggle to stop the water grab via the Delta tunnels project, and the ways to create a sustainable water supply for California. Grab a cold one and learn. View time 45 minutes. Sign our petition to stop the Delta tunnels boondoggle: http://bit.ly/NoCAWaterFix

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California’s Water Scarcity Is Anything But New

Originally Published on Berkeley News

By Cathy Cockrell

California’s record-breaking drought may be a wake-up call for many Golden State residents. But for Harry Williams, a Bishop Paiute elder whose reservation occupies 900 parched acres near the California-Nevada border, California’s water scarcity is anything but new.

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The Climate Revolution We set In Motion

Ray Grigg argues that the record temperatures, drought & wildfires across the West Coast this summer are all part of The climate revolution we set in motion

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Ray Grig

Wildfires are ripping across California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska during this summer of 2015, the result of unprecedented droughts and record temperatures. Millions of hectares are being burned along with hundreds of homes. Fire-fighting costs are multiplying, the economic damage is soaring and the environmental consequences are foreboding.

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