Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

Final push

Governor, lawmakers set to modify climate change bill

Legislators dealt at least a temporary blow on Tuesday to extending and expanding California's landmark climate change law, as they counted down the final hours of session for 2015. MAX WHITTAKER / KQED San Francisco

KQED

Los Angeles Times & Sacramento Bee

Facing resistance from even some fellow Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders were scrambling Tuesday to find a compromise on a controversial bill that embodies some of the governor's most ambitious environmental goals. Time is running out, as lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn for the year Friday. Let's pause for a reality check: What's at stake in California's climate bill?

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With El Niño winter threat looming, worries mount

San Jose Mercury News

Among all the apocalyptic disasters that Californians routinely prepare for — earthquake, drought, wildfire, carmageddon — the most welcome is rain. But weather scientists suggest El Niño will open an atmospheric fire hose in the jet stream this winter. That's caused a rising tide of anxiety that has left even the highest-and-driest Californians on edge.

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Tribal elder brings water history to life for students

UC Berkeley

The record-breaking drought may be a wake-up call for many Golden State residents, but for Harry Williams, water scarcity is anything but new. Williams is a Native American water activist whose intimate knowledge of the Owens Valley makes the course "Researching Water in the West" anything but dry.

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