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How might we keep the lights on, water flowing, and natural world vaguely intact? It starts with grabbing innovative ideas/examples to help kick down our limits and inspire a more sustainable world. We implement with rigorous science backed by hard data.
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Oroville Spillway Failure Flyover and Explanation 10 Feb 2017

Take a flight in the Luscombe over the Oroville Spillway just prior to overtopping.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, February 12, 1:10 PM
Climate change is giving us both increased droughts and increased rainfall events in climate crazy California.  Both of these situations have been long predicted, driven by the unprecedented anthropogenic greenhouse gas build-up in our atmosphere.  

Oroville is the tallest dam in the United States and (thanks to the intense precipitation this year) the focus of national attention and concern over infrastructure in the wake of a climate changed world.  The most recent estimate pegs the repair of the eroding concrete channel at perhaps $100-200 million (and we are only in early February).

See also these refs:

nice overview/explanation of the current conditions at the dam: https://youtu.be/jIzldNLv8ww
Construction of the Oroville Dam: https://youtu.be/p_5udzKfLQM
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High-tech water-saving system draws a crowd at North Hollywood home

High-tech water-saving system draws a crowd at North Hollywood home | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Whether she's driving a hybrid car, installing solar panels on her roof or tearing up her beloved front lawn and replacing it with mulch, Carrie Wassenaar said, she wants to do her part for the environment.
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Clearly, we don't all need computer controlled flushing our our rain barrel systems, but the idea is a sound one for larger systems (think apartments, office buildings, etc.).  Again, the cost will be huge for the early adopters but pave the way for more affordable systems in the future.

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California Drought News: Thirsty almonds and higher prices

California Drought News: Thirsty almonds and higher prices | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Today's journey through the drought reveals the growing impacts on California's all-important agricultural sector. But renewable energy offers a bright spot.
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The ultimate California water cheat sheet

The ultimate California water cheat sheet | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
There's only so many acre-feet of water jargon the public can absorb during a drought. Here's a primer that avoids wading into cubic-feet-per-second, appropriative water rights, overdraft, conjunct...
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Our golden state's plumbing.

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Unique NASA film illustrates Earth's hydrological cycle

Unique NASA film illustrates Earth's hydrological cycle | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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This looks like a beautiful film for folks needing to introduce hydrological cycles and rainfally dynamics to students or the public.

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As snowpack deepens, drought concern lingers

As snowpack deepens, drought concern lingers | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
News: As snowpack deepens, drought concern lingers | snowpack, water, california, year, reservoirs, percent, last, snow, rain, winter
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Trees may be making California's drought worse

Trees may be making California's drought worse | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Researchers are trying to find out if denser forests in California are soaking up more water and adding to the state's horrible drought.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Wow!  There is so much wrong with this story summary it is hard to know where to begin.

 

Nature "gets to water first" huh?  Really?  In California?  Not exactly.

 

And while it might be correct from an academic viewpoint, the notion that the problem with our water supply is an overly dense Sierra Nevada (a consequence of our fire suppression policies for the past century) is, how do you say....crazy.  The issue with water supply is the population northward of 34 million who drink, flush, water their almond trees, divert it with dams, etc.   And the fact we are actively manipulating the climate to become direr via increased greenhouse gas emissions for the past 150 years.

 

It may well be true that a slightly larger sliver of water would be remnant in the soils of our state relative to a more traditional tree stand density.  But the very notion of featuring a story such as this is fantastically ill informed and adds fuel to the ignorance fire.  Trees "vs." humans pretty much says all you need to know about this reporters conceptualization of the issue.

 

It would be nice if we had science reporters who actually knew something about science.

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California Salmon Will Get a Free Ride to the Ocean—In Tanker Trucks

California Salmon Will Get a Free Ride to the Ocean—In Tanker Trucks | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
If the salmon won't come to the ocean, then the ocean will come to the salmon. Well, not quite: Tanker trucks will take them there. Such are the extreme measures in California this spring, as drought forces major salmon hatcheries to funnel their fish into tanker trucks and ride them straight to the Pacific.
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No drought = no water = no fish.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, March 14, 2014 11:34 AM

Is the fact that we need to move our salmon via trucks instead of rivers (er...I mean the few rivers that aren't dammed up) a sign that something wrong?

 

Yep.

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Israel is creating a water surplus using desalination

Israel is creating a water surplus using desalination | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
SEDE BOQER, Israel -- In the land of milk and honey, water has always been in short supply. Researchers here have linked temperature rise and drought to migration patterns across this arid region dating back to biblical times. Now, for the first time in its history, Israel is on track to experience a water surplus.
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