California Drought

Man carries his son in his arms during a daily walk at his property in  Queensland, Australia that suffered from the country's longest drought on record. Almost 80% of the region was affected. The government approved emergency drought relief to assist eligible farmers. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

California Seeks Drought Solutions From Australia, World’s Driest Inhabited Continent

Desperate for solutions, Californians have taken a keen interest in how Australia coped with its “Big Dry,” a torturous drought that stretched across the millennium, from the late 1990s through 2012.

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Alameda Creek dam destroyed by vandals, releasing 50 million gallons of water that had been stored for the drought. (KPIX)

50 Million Gallons Of Water Lost In Attack On Inflatable Dam, Worsening Drought Emergency For Alameda County

An attack early Thursday destroyed water supplies that could have sustained 500 families, and police are searching for suspects in the crime.

05/22/2015

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Governor Brown Signals Support For ‘Toilet-To-Tap’ Water Amid State’s Historic Drought

Governor Jerry Brown signaled his support for more aggressive water-saving measures Thursday in the face of the state’s historic drought, including a controversial plan to use recycled wastewater to replenish the drinking water supply.

05/21/2015

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Amid Record Drought, Group Of California Farmers Offer To Give Up 25 Percent Of Their Water

A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.

05/20/2015

Sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures and La Niña by unusually cool temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. Anomalies represent deviations from normal temperature values, with unusually warm temperatures shown in red and unusually cold anomalies shown in blue. (NOAA)

Strengthening El Nino Brings Drought-Drenching Rain To Texas, California May Be Next

There’s a strong chance the rain that’s drenching Texas and the Southern Plains will be heading to California if the current El Nino pattern continues to strengthen.

05/19/2015

A crew from ZLC Corporation removes a pool from a Bay Area home. (CBS)

Drought Leading Growing Number Of Bay Area Homeowners To Ditch Backyard Swimming Pools

The built-in backyard swimming pool was once the epitome of suburban luxury. But now because of the drought and other factors, they are quickly becoming a thing of the past.

05/18/2015

Almond tree being ripped out in Modesto. (CBS)

Central Valley Almond Farmer Rips Out Trees To Save Water, Business

While most of us are scrambling to save water, California almond growers are taking heat for planting more and more trees amid a historic drought.

05/18/2015

What is this wet stuff falling from the sky? This California toddler tried to taste his first drop of rain. (CBS)

Drought So Bad This California Kid Has Never Seen Rain

Should you touch it? Eat it? Run from it? Some of California’s youngest children have no idea what rain is.

05/16/2015

A bud is seen on a mature marijuana plant that is displayed at The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Climate Change, Drought Likely Means Marijuana Grown In California Will Be More Potent

Researchers are also concerned about how the increasing number of people growing marijuana on public lands will affect the ecosystem.

05/13/2015

Backyard swimming pool. (CBS)

San Jose Bans Filling Hot Tubs, Pools Amid California’s Historic Drought

San Jose is the latest big city in the state to ban filling outdoor swimming pools, and business at hot tub stores in the city has gone cold.

05/11/2015

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