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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.
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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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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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