i find this interesting because mcdonalds is really trying to reach the extent of trying to make everyone "happy" and eating there food so they even opened a vegetarian restaurant in india to have more people eat there. its concerning because they keep trying to expand in over all citizen intake of food and i don't want to even think about what there cooperation is going to do over the next years trying to "improve" there business...
▶ RIVERS WORK BEST WHEN THEY'RE WET. The water supply system in the Colorado River Basin is near its breaking point. Despite an above normal snowpack in the Rockies, climate change and prolonged drought have sapped the once-vigorous Colorado River, threatening the water supply for 36 million people, 15% of the nation’s agriculture, and a $26 billion recreation economy. - See more at: http://www.americanrivers.org/blog/rivers-work-best-when-theyre-wet/#sthash.jLQdgH3h.dpuf ; http://www.americanrivers.org/blog/rivers-work-best-when-theyre-wet/
▶ NASA STUDY: GLOBAL WARMING MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF EXTREME RAINFALL AND DROUGHT http://sco.lt/8I3aTJ
Guardian Environment, February 8, 2014 ▶ WHY GLOBAL WATER SHORTAGES POSE THREAT OF TERROR AND WAR: U.S. INTELLIGENCE From California to the Middle East, huge areas of the world are drying up and a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. US intelligence is warning of the dangers of shrinking resources and experts say the world is 'standing on a precipice' http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/09/global-water-shortages-threat-terror-war
▶ 2012 BROUGHT EXTREME HEAT AND DROUGHT. BUT THAT'S NOTHING TO WHAT'S AROUND THE CORNER
2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States. Widespread drought, wildfires and extreme heat affected human health and caused food prices to skyrocket. According to new research out of Columbia University, however, last year’s heat wave may be nothing compared to what’s just around the corner.
Researchers at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory predict that a megadrought, the likes of which haven’t been experienced since the 12th century, could hit planet Earth within the next eight years, and it might never leave [PDF]. The cause? According to scientists, this drought will be brought on by “anthropogenic radiative forcing”, also known as ‘stronger-than-normal greenhouse warming caused by climate pollution’.
HuffPost Green, January 31, 2014 ▶ CALIFORNIA DROUGHT PROMTS UNPRECEDENTED WATER CONSERVATION EFFORTS. State Water Project won't send any water from the state's vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 million acres of farmland. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/31/california-drought-reserv_n_4706344.html
San Francisco Bay Guardian, January 30, 2014 ▶ DROUGHT: Driest year in California history sparks arid memories and previews the warmer world we're creating, This could be the new normal by the end the century. Most reputable climate change models predict California's average temperature will increase 3-8 degrees by 2100. That's enough to radically change our climate, causing shorter winters with less precipitation, and more of it coming in the form of rain than snow, undermining the elegant system of storing water within the Sierra snowpack...http://www.sfbg.com/2014/01/28/drought?page=0,0
▶AQUIFER ALERT: Stretching across eight U,S states, the Ogallala aquifer is the lifeblood of agriculture on the Great Plains. But can it survive a future of drought, pollution, and pipelines? ... Underlying almost 175,000 square miles in eight states, the aquifer sustains nearly one-fifth of all wheat, corn, cotton, and cattle production in the United States. But several years of drought and decades of intensive crop irrigation have left it seriously depleted http://www.onearth.org/articles/2014/01/so-what-exactly-is-an-aquifer-we-explain
IN PICTURES Al Jazeera, March 29, 2013 BRUTAL DROUGHT LINGERS IN BRAZIL
Sacramento | Reuters — A large winter storm brought much-needed relief to parched California on Friday, boosting its reservoirs and dropping snow on the Sierra Nevada mountains, but the precipitation will not be enough to counter years of drought, officials said.
California is in its third year of a drought that may break all records in the most populous U.S. state, where lawmakers on Friday were expected to send a series of relief proposals to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. President Barack Obama has also pledged millions of dollars in aid.
“Despite these recent storms, it would still have to rain every other day until around May to reach average precipitation totals, and even then we would still be in a drought due to the last two dry years,” said Richard Stapler, spokesman for the California Natural Resources Agency.
Brown declared a drought emergency last month and has called on state officials to prepare for water shortages and develop solutions for potentially long-term dry weather.
Officials have said that California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle half a million acres of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage.
The National Weather Service predicted moderate to heavy rain in southern and central California on Friday, slowing by Saturday afternoon. The Service said Oxnard, a coastal city just north of Los Angeles, had the highest precipitation in all of the United States on Friday at five centimetres by 2:45 p.m.
Officials warned residents about possible mudslides in areas where the summer’s wildfires left hillsides bare and unprotected by tree roots and bushes.
While the wet weather was welcome, rain and high winds caused road closures and power outages in southern California and brought enough snow that tire chains were required for driving on mountain roads near the Nevada border.
In Los Angeles, 14,000 customers were without power by mid-morning. People were soaked as high winds turned umbrellas inside out and drove the rain nearly sideways as they waited for buses and light rail trains.
Near Malibu, crews worked to clear debris from the Pacific Coast Highway north of the affluent seaside city after rockslides prompted officials to close a 16-km stretch of the scenic road.
Patrick Chandler, a spokesman for the California Department of Transportation, said a large wildfire in the area last year had caused the hillsides to be less stable.
“A lot of times, when you have rain in this area, especially with the drought, you’re going to have a lot of loose rocks coming down,” Chandler said.
Later Friday, the agency closed the Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles after another rockslide made the road impassable.
By noon, there had been 158 vehicle crashes in the Los Angeles area, 112 more than the previous Friday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Firefighters lowered themselves on ropes to pull a man out of the Los Angeles River, a treacherous culvert with concrete sides that rushes quickly to the sea when it rains. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, but his condition had not been released by mid-afternoon on Friday.
The Accu Weather service reported that more than an inch of rain had fallen on Southern California since the storm moved in on Thursday night, and that two neighbourhoods in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains had been evacuated as a precaution in case the wet weather prompted mudslides.
Air traffic was also affected at Los Angeles International Airport, where 19 incoming and outgoing flights were canceled on Friday morning, officials said.
In northern California, about 13,000 customers lost power in the San Francisco Bay Area and the wine-making Sonoma County, said Jason King, a spokesman for the Pacific Gas & Electric utility company.
Although many of those households and businesses had their power restored by early afternoon, the company expected additional outages to occur on Friday night as the rainy and windy weather continued, King said.
this article is really interesting! even though we revived around 7 or 8 inches, were still not out of our drought. this can be concerning regarding how much more rain we will receive this year. Richard Stapler stated that it would have to rain every other day from today all the way to may for this drought to be over… sure makes us think...
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