Human noise, light are creating fundamental changes in ecological communities

Human noise, light are creating fundamental changes in ecological communities

February 25, 2015

SAN JOSE — Human noise and light are creating fundamental changes in ecological communities — changing the density, diversity and dependencies of bird species that are biological barometers of the natural world. But peace can be restored to the wilderness by enlisting technologies that create a darker and more silentRead More

This California city is being used to determine a better way to inform the public on climate change

This California city is being used to determine a better way to inform the public on climate change

February 25, 2015

In today’s world, science — once considered sacrosanct — can get tossed into the centrifuge of social media and spun into a thousand different opinions. For example, some parents ignore doctors and instead listen to bloggers when they refuse to vaccinate their children. Many folks, including 56 percent of congressionalRead More

California’s drought is killing dogs in one impacted community

February 3, 2015

CASTRO VALLEY — Stemming from California’s drought, three pet dogs have died after lapping up water in a popular recreation lake fouled by toxic algae flourishing in scarce rain and runoff. The East Bay Regional Park District reported Saturday it is installing bigger and bolder signs at Lake Chabot RegionalRead More

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

February 26, 2015

Jim Canyon was complaining to a cellphone designer friend about his lawn over beers. Given historically dry conditions, he couldn’t seem to get the watering schedule right. “You can’t put it on a timer,” the San Diego-based electromagnetic techie remembers saying. “You need a demand-based system.” Putting their technological backgroundsRead More

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

February 26, 2015

Jim Canyon was complaining to a cellphone designer friend about his lawn over beers. Given historically dry conditions, he couldn’t seem to get the watering schedule right. “You can’t put it on a timer,” the San Diego-based electromagnetic techie remembers saying. “You need a demand-based system.” Putting their technological backgroundsRead More

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

February 26, 2015

Jim Canyon was complaining to a cellphone designer friend about his lawn over beers. Given historically dry conditions, he couldn’t seem to get the watering schedule right. “You can’t put it on a timer,” the San Diego-based electromagnetic techie remembers saying. “You need a demand-based system.” Putting their technological backgroundsRead More

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Human noise, light are creating fundamental changes in ecological communities

Human noise, light are creating fundamental changes in ecological communities

February 25, 2015 at 2:29 pm 0 comments

SAN JOSE — Human noise and light are creating fundamental changes in ecological communities — changing the density, diversity and dependencies of bird species that are biological barometers of the natural world. But peace can be restored to the wilderness by enlisting technologies that create a darker and more silentRead More

Get ready for more ‘Megadroughts’ in Southern California

Get ready for more ‘Megadroughts’ in Southern California

February 25, 2015 at 2:23 pm 0 comments

As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse “megadroughts” are coming — and they’re bound to last for decades. “Unprecedented drought conditions” — the worst in more than 1,000 years — are likely to come to the Southwest and CentralRead More

Southern California close to mandatory water rationing

Southern California close to mandatory water rationing

February 10, 2015 at 11:29 am 0 comments

The Metropolitan Water District, the agency that supplies the bulk of the water for Southern California, is considering water rationing by summer unless statewide drought conditions radically improve, the agency announced Monday. Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee considered varying scenarios Monday and concluded it may recommend to its governingRead More

California’s hottest year ever caused by more than global warming

California’s hottest year ever caused by more than global warming

February 10, 2015 at 10:55 am 0 comments

Many blame man-made global warming. Others say it’s more about the natural cyclical ocean currents, sea temperatures and wind patterns. Some wag the finger at urbanized humanity — too many people, cars and concrete heating up inside nonporous asphalt jungles. Actually, the reasons for 2014 being Earth’s warmest year sinceRead More

California drought sends skiers to Idaho, Washington

California drought sends skiers to Idaho, Washington

February 10, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

WINTHROP, Wash. >> Warm temperatures and drought conditions in the West have changed the migratory patterns of birds and wildlife, but are also impacting another group: skiers, especially cross country skiers. Some Alpine resorts – which offer downhill skiing — are responding to tough conditions by making snow. But forRead More

How can Southern California be so dry while storms soak Northern California

How can Southern California be so dry while storms soak Northern California

February 9, 2015 at 8:06 pm 0 comments

Lots of issues divide Southern and Northern California: The Dodgers vs. the Giants. Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley. Southern Californians say “the” before naming a freeway; northerners don’t. Now, after this past weekend’s soaking storms, there’s a new difference emerging: the drought. As the state faces a possible fourth year ofRead More

Federal government to boost drought funding by $50 million

Federal government to boost drought funding by $50 million

February 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm 1 comment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. >> The federal government is making available up to $50 million in drought-relief funds for western states, with the largest portion earmarked for parched California, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday. The additional funding includes about $20 million for the CentralRead More

Southern California used 23 percent less water in December 2014

Southern California used 23 percent less water in December 2014

February 4, 2015 at 9:26 am 0 comments

Southern Californians used 23 percent less water in December compared with the year before, the most water saved since the state declared a drought emergency last June, according to data released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Board. The December milestone marks the first time the state met Gov. JerryRead More

Californians use 22 percent less water in December, beating Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for conservation

Californians use 22 percent less water in December, beating Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for conservation

February 3, 2015 at 1:05 pm 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Thanks to a rainy December, California’s drought-suffering residents met Gov. Jerry Brown’s call to slash water consumption by 20 percent for the first time last month, using 22 percent less water than in December 2013. But water officials are only cautiously optimistic, noting that in an otherwise dismalRead More

California’s drought is killing dogs in one impacted community

February 3, 2015 at 11:00 am 1 comment

CASTRO VALLEY — Stemming from California’s drought, three pet dogs have died after lapping up water in a popular recreation lake fouled by toxic algae flourishing in scarce rain and runoff. The East Bay Regional Park District reported Saturday it is installing bigger and bolder signs at Lake Chabot RegionalRead More