Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

Perfect storms

Heat wave, fires bear 'fingerprints of climate change'; rising seas demand a unified defense, experts say

Two young men get their stalled Toyota Corolla out of a flooded parking lot the hard way near the Martinez Marina during high tides in Martinez earlier this year. SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD / Bay Area News Group

Bay Area News Group

Sacramento Bee & Mercury News

Wildfires from the Oregon border to Los Angeles. Temperatures hitting 100 degrees in San Francisco, not to mention two of the most ferocious hurricanes ever recorded. It has to be climate change, right? The answer is a little more complicated than you might think. As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, experts warned of the Bay Area's own risk of inundation, caused by fierce rainstorms, extreme high tides and steadily rising sea levels.


Coalition urges support for safe drinking water bill

KVPR Fresno

California farmers and environmental justice leaders are joining forces to support a bill that would help fund a clean drinking water program. The coalition, which includes the Community Water Center, is urging California Assembly leaders to bring SB 623, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to a vote, instead of tabling it until the next legislative session.


Will the $5B Sites project actually come to pass?

Capitol Weekly

Sites Reservoir has been talked about for decades, but now project officials — and backed by 70 major allies — have formally submitted an application for state bond money. The proposed surface reservoir would be built in Colusa County, but is competing with 11 other applicants for part of a $2.7 billion coffer of state money devoted to water storage projects. Sites wants $1.6 billion in state money, the largest amount of any applicant.