2018/10/09: In the past few years, California has emerged as a global leader in tackling climate change through agricultural policy. One of its most successful programs to date has been the State Water Efficiency Enhancement Program, known as SWEEP. The first program of its kind in the country, SWEEP provides financial incentives to farmers to improve irrigation management in ways that both save water and reduce emissions. So far, the greenhouse gas emissions reductions the program is projected to achieve over its lifetime are equivalent to taking nearly 65,000 passenger vehicles off the road. However, state funding for the program hasn’t kept up with farmer demand. In the first three years, applications outnumbered awards by a nearly three-to-one ratio. And since drought faded from the headlines, funding for the program is in question.
Similarly promising, but struggling, is another first-of-its-kind climate-smart agriculture program: The Healthy Soils Initiative. This initiative offers financial assistance to farmers for a whole suite of practices that sequester carbon in soils, from reducing tillage to planting perennial vegetation to adding a thin layer of compost to the land. Although small, this program has been celebrated far beyond California as a particularly promising win-win policy, since carbon sequestered in soils not only reduces the burden on the atmosphere, but actually improves soils’ fertility and capacity to support healthy crops.
2016/12/16: Democrats who are having trouble getting out of the first stage of grief - denial - aren't being helped by the fact that, now that all the votes are counted, Hillary Clinton's lead in the popular vote has topped 2.8 million, giving her a 48% share of the vote compared with Trumps 46%.
To those unschooled in how the United States selects presidents, this seems totally unfair. But look more closely at the numbers and you see that Clinton's advantage all but disappears.
As we noted in this space earlier, while Clinton's overall margin looks large and impressive, it is due to Clinton's huge margin of victory in one state - California - where she got a whopping 4.3 million more votes than Trump.
California is the only state, in fact, where Clinton's margin of victory was bigger than President Obama's in 2012 — 61.5% vs. Obama's 60%.
But California is the exception that proves the true genius of the Electoral College - which was designed to prevent regional candidates from dominating national elections.
2018/08/01: For most people who work on climate change policy, targets have been aspirational, something we’re working towards. California has changed all that by announcing that its first key climate policy milestone is now in our rear-view mirror, more than three years early.
California is about to become the only state in the nation mandating that virtually every new home have solar panels by 2020.
The problem with Oracle v. Google is that everyone actually affected by the case knows what an API is, but the whole affair is being decided by people who don't.
Kathryn Schulz writes about the Pacific Northwest's Cascadia fault line, and the region's inadequate disaster-preparedness plans.
What's up with the Colorado River? What are my water rights? Should I feel guilty about almonds? Answers to these questions and more.
California needs to preserve its groundwater, and it's turning to satellite monitoring to keep tabs on how it's doing.
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A UC Davis researcher, working with citizen scientists, has been tracking flattened animals. Here's what they've learned.
While some water technology companies take on solving California's drought, tech kingpins prefer to follow the money to mobile apps and internet startups
Dramatic images illustrate the severity of California's drought with past and recent images from around the state, now in its fourth consecutive dry year.
Young Johanna Romo of Kern County in California never made it to her first day in seventh grade. She has been hospitalized and has suffered three seizers,
California Gov. Jerry Brown imposes mandatory water restrictions on residents, businesses and farms. The state is caught in an historic drought.
It takes a gallon of water to produce one almond. And that's not the most insane fact about the hedge-fund-fueled race to plant thirsty trees in the middle of a catastrophic drought.
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Silicon Valley is a place that is just as much about people reinventing themselves as it is about people reinventing industries. As a new year turns, it's time to go through that silly (but actually necessary) exercise of pausing to reflect. In a world of endless e-mail and distractions, it&#
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