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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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Hell, Fire and Brimstone: California's Godzilla-Sized Nuke Problem

Hell, Fire and Brimstone: California's Godzilla-Sized Nuke Problem
Right in the middle of California's checkerboard of unprecedented wildfires, halfway between the huge population centers of Los Angeles and San Diego, is the recently decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station with its spent fuel stockpile of 1,677 rods still sitting in cooling ponds. Water is the only thing preventing the rods from melting down and releasing unimaginable amounts of deadly radiation into the environment; and water is the first thing to go in a boiling environment.
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Top Wildfire Fighter: 'We've Had Climate Change Beat Into Us'

Top Wildfire Fighter: 'We've Had Climate Change Beat Into Us'
Fires that measured 100,000 acres of destruction were once rare and considered major, but in today's American West, fires twice that size are common place. Watch more as "60 Minutes" walks through the flames with the federal government's chief of fire operations and discusses the impact of climate change on his tragically expanding work.
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Forest Service to States: Give Subsidies Back

 Forest Service to States: Give Subsidies Back
The U.S. Forest Service is in the business of preventing fires, not starting them. Yet the agency set off alarms in Congress and state capitols across the West by citing the automatic spending cuts as the basis for demanding that dozens of states return $17.9 million in federal subsidies.
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