This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine.
Los Angeles gave America the modern street gang. Groups like the Crips and MS-13 have spread from coast to coast, and even abroad. But on Southern California's streets they have been vanishing. Has L.A. figured out how to stop the epidemic it set loose on the world?
Senza continuità nelle politiche pluriennali sull'open government, non c'è modo di fare innovazione. La Vision di Luigi Reggi.
The timing might seem odd, even self-destructive.
Study finds little danger posed to U.S. by power plant meltdown
I speed along highway 99, the asphalt bleary under the high scorching sun. I'm heading to Kingsburg to speak with farmers about one of the worst recorded droughts in California history. I'm running
Late-summer 2014 has brought uncomfortable news for residents of the U.S. Southwest - and I'm not just talking about 109-degree heat.
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The Sustainable Enterprise Conference here last week showed the abundant wealth being generated, and shared, in a community where resilient food, energy and economic systems are all falling in sync.
Humankind has proven time and again that it can reshape mountains, or even tear them down. Now, it appears, we can make them rise as well. Geologists studying growth rates of the Sierra Nevada and of central California's Coast Ranges have identified an anthropogenic contribution to the mountains' uplift that they suggest is tied to the decades-long depletion of groundwater in the state's Central Valley. What's more, the researchers report in a new study published in Nature, the long-term water loss may be affecting how stress builds up on faults like the San Andreas.
Texas has had four times the job growth of California over the last 20 years.
The heat is on, in more ways than one, as California staggers toward a third drought-plagued summer that will probably include rationing and lots of fighting about how the state should use its precious, dwindling supplies of water. Historically dryThe survey results, which are combined with electronic measurements taken from as many as 130 places around the Sierra, are used to calculate California's drinking water supply for the rest of the year. The snowpack in California usually peaks in April, so the latest survey was taken after the bulk of the so-called "frozen water supply" had begun to melt. In January, the governor declared a drought emergency, several communities initiated voluntary rationing, and a few put in place mandatory cutbacks. [...] the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection began hiring seasonal firefighters early in preparation for what is already a busy fire season. [...] we have to put that in the context of how much water we are using now for agriculture, for industry and for humans," said Null, an adjunct professor of meteorology at San Francisco State University and a former lead forecaster for the National Weather Service. The San Luis Reservoir - an important summer supply pool for both the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project - is 47 percent full, which is 52 percent of its historical storage level for this time of year.
On Monday, March 24, I leave on a trip to witness an event I never thought I'd see: the Colorado River flowing through its delta toward the sea.
Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun's light to the top of 459-feet towers, where water is turned to steam to power turbines. Bingo: you have the world's biggest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. Long-mired by regulatory issues and
And why it's too late for the rain.
Water officials say 17 communities are at risk of running completely dry in the next two to four months.
The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is way low, suggesting that Californians can look forward to a year of drought and water shortages.