Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

Water poll

Drought is no reason to ease protections, voters say

Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC Dornsife, discusses respondents' views on the drought in California. USC Dornsife"

USC Dornsife

Los Angeles Times

After four parched years, most California voters seem to be taking the drought in stride, saying it has had little to no effect on their daily lives. They oppose sacrificing environmental protections to expand water supplies and generally approve of how Gov. Jerry Brown has handled the crisis, according to a new statewide poll by USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times.

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Another climate bill falters: No hearing for SB 32

Sacramento Bee

One day after Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers abandoned a proposal to curtail petroleum use in motor vehicles, another major climate bill fell Thursday. Senate Bill 32, which sought to increase California's greenhouse gas reduction targets, will not get another vote in the Assembly before the legislative session ends.

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Mapping drought a surprising mix of art, science

Water Deeply

The federal government's weekly map of drought severity is an important tool to track the crisis, and an unexpectedly hands-on exercise. What most people don't realize is that those maps are not generated by software models and computer programs. The maps are created by hand.

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