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May 8, 2015--California wildfire concerns rise after drought kills 12.5m trees (Guardian)

An astonishing 12.5m trees have died in California, unable to survive a harsh fourth year of drought, according to a US government study. The news of the massive tree die-offs came this week, after the United States Forest Service, a Department of Agriculture agency, released the results of an aerial survey it undertook in April over 8.2m acres of forest.


April 30, 2015--$8bn habitat conservation plan scrapped as California prioritises agribusiness (Guardian)

For the past eight years, California politicians, utility companies, farmers and environmentalists have been arguing over the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). Environmental groups are now speaking out after recent announcements that the conservation part of the plan has been shelved.


April 18, 2015--Drought is not just a California problem (USA Today)

With all the attention focused on California's water woes, an observer might conclude that the Golden State's drought is the exception. It isn't. Forty states expect to see water shortages in at least some areas in the next decade, according to a government watchdog agency.


April 18, 2015--Dry wells plague California as drought has water tables plunging (Bloomberg Business)

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 going fallow. Makeshift showers have sprouted near the church parking lot.


April 16, 2015--California's drought grabs headlines, but other states face water woes too (Huff Post)

With all the attention focused on California’s water woes, an observer might conclude that the Golden State’s drought is the exception. It isn’t. Forty states expect to see water shortages in at least some areas in the next decade, according to a government watchdog agency.


April 14, 2015--California’s rainless summer will dry up drinking water supplies (Circle of Blue)

Communities in California’s seared Central Valley and arid mountain foothills are expected to end this year’s rainless summer with drinking water supplies so tight they may give out by September, according to state and local water administrators.


April 13, 2015--The real reason Californians can't water their lawns (Bloomberg Business)

In response to the ongoing drought, California Governor Jerry Brown has set limits on urban water use—ordering cuts of as much as 25 percent. Cities across the state will stop watering highway median strips and rip up grass in public places. Golf courses and cemeteries will turn on the sprinklers less frequently, and water rates might rise.


April 12, 2015--In California, rights to water exceed the supply (Los Angeles Times)

It's arguable whether California has enough water to meet its actual needs. But it clearly does not have enough to match people's expectations. And one reason is simple. Government historically has over-promised — not exactly a new concept. In the last century, the state has handed out rights to five times more surface water than our rivers produce even in a normal year.


April 9, 2015--Water conservation nullified by population growth (Water Online)

Many California residents are trying to conserve water, but it may do little good in the face of population growth. "California water agencies are on track to satisfy a state mandate to reduce water consumption 20 percent by 2020.


April 8, 2015--One solution to California's drought: Tax water (Christian Science Monitor)

California desperately needs its residents and businesses to use less water. So rather than trying to curb water use through a complex maze of regulation, why not just raise the price though a new state-wide tax on all users? The idea is straight out of Economics 101: If you want people to do less of something, raise the price.

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