Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Stormy report

Natural forces likely caused drought, NOAA study says

Causes and Predictability of the 2011-14 California Drought. NOAA

NOAA

San Jose Mercury News

Natural patterns, not human-caused climate change, produced one of California's worst droughts, federal researchers have concluded. Global warming is a problem, particularly here, the NOAA study notes, but sea surface temperatures in a patch of water of the tropical Pacific Ocean are largely to blame for the state's 3-year-old dry spell.

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House-passed drought bill likely to sink in Senate

McClatchy

House Republicans who have scrambled all year to complete a California water bill threw a Hail Mary pass today, with legislation that's drawn a presidential veto threat. Hatched without public hearings, the drought relief bill is guaranteed passage in the House, but the maneuver appears to fall short of actually scoring.

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Salton Sea is crucial wildlife habitat. Here's why

KCET Los Angeles

The Salton Sea as we know it is doomed unless the state takes action, and that's bad news for wildlife. The sea's 340 or so square miles of open water, and its hundreds of miles of shoreline, are perhaps the most important bird habitat of comparable size in North America.

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