drought

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Meat Makes the Planet Thirsty

Published: 
Sun, 03/09/2014 - 1:20pm
Category: 
Water

California is experiencing one of its worst droughts on record. Just two and a half years ago, Folsom Lake, a major reservoir outside Sacramento, was at 83 percent capacity. Today it’s down to 36 percent.

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In Parched California, Town Taps Run Nearly Dry

Published: 
Sun, 03/09/2014 - 1:08pm
Category: 
Water

People in this mountain town straddling the San Andreas Fault are used to scrapping for water. The lake for which it is named went dry 40 years ago.

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Obama Announces Aid for Drought-Stricken California

Published: 
Tue, 02/18/2014 - 6:55am
Category: 
Water

President Obama arrived in the heart of California’s parched farmland on Friday afternoon to offer tens of millions of dollars in federal assistance to the state, where the lack of rain and snow this winter has led to the severest drought in its modern history.

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California Seeing Brown Where Green Used to Be

Published: 
Sat, 02/15/2014 - 6:52pm
Category: 
Water

Fields that in any other year would be filled with broccoli, melons and onions are instead dusty patches of dirt. Farmers are calculating losses that add up with each arid day.

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The Dust Bowl Returns

Published: 
Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:42am
Category: 
Water

Every Saturday in late December and January, as reports of brutal temperatures and historic snowfalls streamed in from family in Vermont, New York and even southern Louisiana, we made weekly pilgrimages to our local beer garden to enjoy craft brews and unseasonably warm afternoons.