Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

It's getting warmer

2014 was state's hottest year, and it wasn't even close

Federal climate scientists confirmed Thursday that 2014 stands as California's warmest year on record. CRAIG MILLER/KQED

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San Francisco Chronicle

California not only sweated through its hottest year on record in 2014, but obliterated the previous mark by nearly 2 degrees while experiencing firsthand some of the worst fears of a warming planet — from intensified drought to melting snowpack. The state's average temperature last year was 61.5 degrees, more than 4 degrees above the average.

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Experts say California farmers lost $2B in 2014

KXTV Sacramento

A new study by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences estimates some stunning losses — about $2 billion — to California agriculture last year, and indicates losses in 2015 could be even worse if drought conditions do not improve.

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Huntington Beach desalination plant gets a boost

Orange County Register

The Orange County Water District gave a much-needed boost this week to a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach by agreeing to purchase its water. Wednesday night, the district, which sells water to local retail agencies, said it was interested in buying all of the 56,000 acre-feet of drinking water the plant would produce.

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