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Tribal Water Activists Organize to Stop the California Water Heist

Tribal Water Activists Organize to Stop the California Water Heist
Tribal water activists presented short films about threats to Northern California's rivers from Governor Jerry Brown's drought plans at Arcata's D Street Community Center on the evening of Friday, May 8.
The films included the Yurok Youth Fish Kill video, Sovereigns Water and the Shasta Dam raise video, according to event organizer Regina Chichizola.
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Drought Is Here to Stay: CA Enviros Propose $6B Water Conservation Plan

Drought Is Here to Stay: CA Enviros Propose $6B Water Conservation Plan
For better or worse, Jerry Brown's water bond from yesterday is still the leading candidate to replace what is tentatively scheduled to be on the ballot as Prop 43. But a coalition, mainly culled from the environmental community, has another plan.
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Activists: Fracking Making California’s Drought Even Worse

Activists: Fracking Making California’s Drought Even Worse
Fracking is bad in a variety of ways, but nowhere is its impact more profound than on the drought-devastated state of California. The oil industry wastes water that the state desperately needs, and leaves behind pollution that infects anything remaining behind.
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California Drought Declaration Fails to Address Fracking, Tunnel Projects and Corporate Water Waste

California Drought Declaration Fails to Address Fracking, Tunnel Projects and Corporate Water Waste
On January 19, the California Environmental Water Caucus issued a press release commending the "emphasis on conservation" in Governor Brown's 20-point drought declaration, but criticized five of the points as "wolves in sheep's clothing," particularly Directive 4 that directs state agencies to expedite the processing of water transfers and Directive 9 that effectively suspends the California Environmental Water Quality Act.
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Texas Will Run Out of Water Before It Runs Out of Oil

Texas Will Run Out of Water Before It Runs Out of Oil
While fracking may contribute millions of dollars to the state fund every year, it's also using up millions of gallons of water — more water than the state of Texas has, according to some experts. If drought conditions continue, the state could be in big trouble if a long-term fix isn't figured out.
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Hottest November Ever: Earth Records 345th Straight Month of Above-Average Temperatures

Hottest November Ever: Earth Records 345th Straight Month of Above-Average Temperatures
Government scientists reported Tuesday that last month set a heat record. They say it was the warmest November on record, across Earth, since record-keeping began in 1880. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says average global temperature, for water and land surfaces combined, was 56.6 degrees (13.7 Celsius). That's 1.4 degrees (0.78 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average.
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Marcia Dunn
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The Under-Reported Effect of Climate Change on Syria's Civil War

The Under-Reported Effect of Climate Change on Syria's Civil War
Desperation after a five year drought in Syria had agriculturalists tapping wells with a demand far above mother nature's supply. The results? Crop failures reached 75 percent, an estimated 85 percent of live stock perished, a large number of farmers abandoned their farms in search of non-existent inner-city jobs...and one civil war that might just ignite global warfare.
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Lessons From The Dust Bowl

Ken Burns' documentary The Dust Bowl is based on the terrifying dust storms and extended drought in the 1930s in areas centered around Boise City in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
The weather conditions devastated the area, impoverished many people and created an exodus to California. It's a story embedded in our state's psyche.
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Amidst Historic US Drought, Report Highlights Massive Water Needs of 'Cheap' Energy

Amidst Historic US Drought, Report Highlights Massive Water Needs of 'Cheap' Energy
This visceral threat of water scarcity puts a new report about the true cost of fossil fuels in perspective. "The Hidden Costs of Electricity: Comparing the Hidden Costs of Power Generation Fuels" evaluates, among other parameters, the water demands of fuel sources such as biomass, coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar, and wind.
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