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Drought covers 100% of California for first time in 15 years

Published: 
Fri, 04/25/2014 - 1:34pm
Category: 
Water

A prolonged period of below-average rainfall has put the entire state of California under some level of drought, ranging in severity from moderate to exceptional, for the first time in 15 years.

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Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States

Published: 
Sat, 01/11/2014 - 9:02am
Category: 
Water

The sinuous Colorado River and its slew of man-made reservoirs from the Rockies to southern Arizona are being sapped by 14 years of drought nearly unrivaled in 1,250 years.

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Wind farms get extended leeway on eagle deaths

Published: 
Thu, 12/12/2013 - 10:06pm
Category: 
Energy

In a decision that highlights the clash between two cherished environmental goals — producing green energy and preserving protected wildlife — federal officials announced Friday that some wind power companies will be allowed to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty.

Conservation groups decried the Obama administration's new regulation as a "stunningly bad move" for wildlife, but wind industry officials said Friday that the rules from the Department of the Interior were far from a "free ride."