California Drought

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Bigger Wildfires, Animal Die-Offs Predicted If California Drought Extends To 2017

A new report by the Public Policy Institute of California non-profit think-tank paints that distressing picture of California for the next two years if the state’s driest four years on record stretches further into the future.

08/19/2015

Ground sinking in California's Central Valley. (CBS)

Parts Of Central Valley Sinking Nearly 2 Inches A Month As Farmers Pump Groundwater In Drought

Parts of California are sinking even faster than previously thought. New research from NASA shows the ground in parts of the Central Valley is sinking nearly two inches a month, or two feet per year.

08/19/2015

Workers drill for water for a farmer on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Groundwater Pumping In Drought-Parched Central Valley Has Land Sinking Fast

Vast areas of California’s Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, NASA said in new research released Wednesday.

08/19/2015

Water meters in front of the River of Life Christian Church in Santa Clara. (CBS)

Vehicle Description Released In Santa Clara Water Meter Thefts

Police are looking for a vehicle linked to more than a dozen thefts of water meters or back-flow regulators in Santa Clara.

08/18/2015

Farm Machinery

California Drought Causes Estimated $1.84 Billion Agricultural Losses

Researchers from the University of California at Davis looked Tuesday at the likely farm costs of the drought in 2015.

08/18/2015

National Guardsmen assigned to the 578th Brigade Engineer Battalion, and the 1st Battalion, 18th Cavalry, 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team help extinguish a small fire while battling the Rocky Fire near Clear Lake, Aug. 12, 2015. (Department of Defense)

National Guard Troops Join California Wildfire Fight

Hundreds of California National Guard soldiers and airmen have been added to the fight against wildfires throughout the state, according to the Pentagon.

08/17/2015

Radar Image of West Coast storm in February 1998. (NOAA.gov)

5 Things You Should Do Now To Prepare For A Strong, Rainy El Niño

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is warning that this year’s El Niño could be as costly and devastating as the one that drenched California in 1997-98. Be prepared.

08/17/2015

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It’s Hot! High Pressure System Sends Thermometers Into Triple-Digits As Heat Wave Blankets The West

Much of the West was smothered in a blanket of heat Saturday with triple-digit temperatures hitting the Bay Area, Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

08/15/2015

Homeowners in drought-stricken California are coming up against neighborhood rules requiring green grass. (CBS)

You Can Let The Lawn Go Without Killing The Trees

Bay Area residents are turning brown into the new chic by cutting off the lawn sprinklers, but in the process, they may be endangering something much harder to replace than turf: trees.

08/14/2015

An American black bear (Ursus americanus) in forest (Getty Images)

Man Fights Off Black Bear Attack On His Porch In Mariposa County

A 67-year-old man fought off a black bear that attacked him on his porch Thursday as the state sees an uptick in encounters, likely a result of California’s relentless drought that’s sending bears into populated areas to forage for food, officials said.

08/13/2015