Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Bone dry

Has drought returned to California? 'Outlook isn't good'

About 45 percent of California was experiencing some level of drought conditions as of Feb. 6. NATHANIEL LEVINE / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Weather experts spent much of this winter cautiously optimistic. Now, even the pros are getting more than a little nervous. Weeks have passed with hardly any rain. The Sierra Nevada has received record-low amounts of snow and stands at a measly 22 percent of average. Meanwhile, the calendar is flipping ever closer to California’s blast furnace dry season. “The outlook isn’t good,” said David Rizzardo, chief of snow surveys with the Department of Water Resources.

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Pacific garbage cleanup to launch from Alameda

Mercury News

An innovative system aimed at sweeping up the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” is expected to be launched from Alameda later this year. The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit headquartered in the Netherlands, will use a floater attached to a screen under the water, which if all goes according to plan will concentrate the debris and allow it to be collected.

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Can 1.5 million students address climate change?

University of California

Some of the largest universities in Mexico, Canada and the United States have banded together to fight climate change, pledging to spur action in their communities. The University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3, represents more than 1.5 million college students — a veritable army of climate change warriors — along with many of the nation’s leading climate researchers.

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