Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

Botanical calamity

California forests become a biological emergency room

The catastrophic tree loss has taken out 66 million pines and other conifers and more than 5 million oak trees and tanoaks, which are relatives in the beech family. Nearly 60 million more water-starved trees are teetering. KQED San Francisco


Monterey Herald /

Across the state, once-towering pines have collapsed, their desiccated limbs sprawled across forest floors. Toppled oak and tanoak trees, their trunks decomposing from the inside out, litter the ground. Choked with the detritus of at least 70 million dead trees, vast tracts of the landscape have become a botanical emergency room. What is now a botanical calamity threatens to become an environmental disaster.


State's wildfires: No single season tells the story

KQED San Francisco

Judging strictly by recent headlines, you might think this is an epic fire season; a "grim beginning to California fire season," with conflagrations "raining fire from the sky," as recent reports have characterized it. In fact, this year is on par with last year and not too far askew from longer-term averages, a fire scientist says.


Suspension in water service for 600,000 people

San Diego Union-Tribune

About 600,000 residents of Tijuana and Rosarito Beach can expect to see their water deliveries shut off as soon as next weekend as a major aqueduct undergoes repairs. Like San Diego, Tijuana gets most of its water supply — 95 percent — from the Colorado River. Unlike San Diego, Tijuana's pipelines are not interconnected, so that maintenance work often requires shutting off service.

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