Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

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A cap-and-trade system? Stanford researchers consider a different approach to California water management

A delayed start to this year’s rainy season has made 44 percent of the state “abnormally dry,” and fueled worries of a return to drought. FLORENCE LOW / DWR

DWR

Stanford | Water in the West

At the height of the state's drought, water conservation levels varied widely as California utilities worked independently toward state-mandated goals. Now, researchers at Stanford University are considering a different approach to water management, taking a page from energy and climate playbooks. They have proposed a cap-and-trade approach to water conservation based on local supply and demand realities.

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Delta deal: Cheap water for farms, but not cities

Los Angeles Times

Months of behind the scenes talks have failed to drum up enough money to pay the full costs of replumbing the center of California's sprawling waterworks with two giant water tunnels. State officials are expected to soon announce exactly what form a revised California WaterFix would take. But one possible deal would give cheap water to farmers — and more expensive water to cities.

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State’s vegetation at risk from climate stress

UC Davis

Current levels of greenhouse gas emissions are putting nearly half of California’s natural vegetation at risk from climate stress, with transformative implications, according to a new study led by UC Davis. Cutting emissions so that global temperatures increase by no more than 2 degrees Celsius could reduce those impacts by half, with about a quarter of the state’s natural vegetation affected.

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