Southern Californians struggle to conserve water during drought, use up

Southern Californians struggle to conserve water during drought, use up

July 17, 2014 at 8:45 am Comments are Disabled

Southern Californians used 8 percent more water in May than last year, a bump related to soaring temperatures and faith in a drought-busting El Niño that made conservation seem less urgent, water experts said Wednesday. A water use increase in the Los Angeles and San Diego urban area was theRead More

El Niño predicted for California, but impact on drought may be weak

July 14, 2014 at 8:28 am Comments are Disabled

National climatologists are sticking to their prediction that an El Niño is about 80 percent probable in North America during fall and early winter, when the rainy season begins in Southern California, according to a bulletin released Thursday. However, they predict the El Niño will be “weak-to-moderate” strength, meaning itRead More

California drought blankets entire state; El Niño forecast dims

California drought blankets entire state; El Niño forecast dims

July 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm Comments are Disabled

Not too long ago in this season of California’s massive and extended drought, climate experts saw a small glimmer of hope on the horizon: Predictions for a wet El Niño season coming in the winter that would bring badly needed rain and relief to a parched state. Now that glimmerRead More

Fighting wildfires leaves little money to manage the forests, US Forest Service says

Fighting wildfires leaves little money to manage the forests, US Forest Service says

June 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm Comments are Disabled

The cost of fighting frequent wildfires in the nation’s forests is draining dollars from non-fire-related portions of the budget, leaving less money for ecological restoration, road and trail repairs and fire prevention, according to a federal report released Monday. With fire seasons running 60-80 days longer and burning twice asRead More

EPA proposes first-of-its-kind regulation to help curb climate change

June 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm Comments are Disabled

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed states reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent in 16 years, an ambitious plan to curb greenhouse gases that cause global climate change. A first-ever nationwide proposal, local energy experts say it won’t have much of an effect onRead More

Water allocations to be increased for Southern California, drought conditions may be easing

April 18, 2014 at 11:11 am Comments are Disabled

The state Department of Water Resources announced Friday it will increase the amount of water it will release from the State Water Project from zero to 5 percent, a sign that drought conditions in California may be easing. Storms in February and March increased the snowpack in the Sierra NevadaRead More