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How Donald Trump Could Become an Accidental Climate Hero

Time | June 9th, 2017

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate treaty won’t stop the clean-energy revolution that is already replacing America’s dying coal industry. But what it could do, ironically, is set the stage for Trump to declare himself a “climate hero” once the economic effects of cheap renewables and gas become more deeply and widely felt. Read more »

Posted in Economy, Environment, Politics

How California Can Make the Most of Its Rainfalls

Water Deeply | January 23rd, 2017

The deluge that hit California this month may have eased some people’s concerns about the drought. But it also raised a new question: Is the state doing enough to capture all that excess stormwater for later use? Read more »

Posted in Environment

Wallace Weir: A New Beginning in California’s River Management

Water Deeply | October 18th, 2016

Think of the Delta floodplain as a giant bathtub. Now imagine you’ve got a plug that you can insert or take out at will, allowing you to control the amount of water that fills up the plain, creating ideal conditions to grow the aquatic plant life that supports salmon and other fish species. Finally, imagine that you can do all this without causing any harm to Central Valley farmers. Read more »

Posted in Environment

What Falling Water Conservation Numbers Mean for California

Water Deeply | October 14th, 2016

California’s drought may not be over, but a troubling number of residents – and the suppliers that deliver water to them – appear to be acting like it is. Last week, the State Water Resources Control Board announced that, compared to 2013 numbers, urban water conservation dropped from 27 percent in August 2015 to 17.7 percent this past August. It’s a clear sign that voluntary reduction targets aren’t having the same effect as the 25 percent statewide mandatory cuts issued by Gov. Jerry Brown a year and half ago, which were lifted in June.

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Posted in Environment

Why California May Ban New Small Water Agencies

Water Deeply | September 22nd, 2016

California’s goal of ensuring universal access to safe drinking water, as mandated in the 2012 Human Right to Water Bill, will come a step closer to being met if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a new measure into law that halts the creation of new small, unsustainable ­– and in many cases dangerous – water districts in the state. Read more »

Posted in Environment