Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

March miracle?

What’s the chance for a ‘normal’ rain year now? Grim

Lake Mead's bathtub ring glares white in December. LUKE RUNYON / KUNC


Mercury News

Hoping for a March Miracle to bail out California’s dry winter? It’s not likely. A review of more than 100 years of rainfall records of major cities in California shows that none have ever finished the rainy season with normal rainfall totals after ending January with the amount of rain they’ve had so far this winter. In other words, California winters are like Olympic ski racers. Stumble at the beginning of the race, and it's very difficult to catch up by the end.


Robotics, AI make headway in the water industry

Water Deeply

We hear plenty these days about breakthroughs in green energy, robotics and communications. But as everyday technologies go, water management is virtually invisible to the general public. ImagineH2O, a startup accelerator, is mentoring a new crop of entrepreneurs, applying the latest technology to water treatment, leak detection and other problems in the water sector.


Floods getting worse; chemicals in water's path

New York Times

Anchored in flood-prone areas in every American state are more than 2,500 sites that handle toxic chemicals, a New York Times analysis of federal floodplain and industrial data shows. About 1,400 are in areas at highest risk of flooding. Flooding nationwide is likely to worsen because of climate change, an exhaustive scientific report by the federal government warned last year.