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Droughts and Heat Waves

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  • Western drought causes Earth's surface to rise as water levels drop

    Western drought causes Earth's surface to rise as water levels drop
    A year and a half of drought has depleted 63 trillion gallons of water across the Western United States, according to a new study that documents how the parched conditions are altering the landscape. The loss of groundwater, as well as surface water...
  • Are we taking the drought seriously enough?

    Are we taking the drought seriously enough?
    To the editor: I got a postcard from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power last week informing me how to conserve electricity during hot summer months. Good to know, despite the absence of an electricity shortage. ("L.A's water ruler, DWP chief...
  • Early grape crush kicks off California's winemaking season

    Early grape crush kicks off California's winemaking season
    At the University of California's prized winemaking institute near Sacramento, a sleek metal wine crusher on Thursday morning let out a deep rumble and began to shake, jostling grapes made sweeter by the state's ongoing drought into sticky juice. Dry...
  • Ice Bucket Challenge in drought-stricken California? Use dirt, men say

    Ice Bucket Challenge in drought-stricken California? Use dirt, men say
    Most everyone by now has heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, but two men in drought-stricken California are trying to push a message of water conservation by using dirt instead. As in, dumping a bucket of dirt on their heads. The viral campaign to...
  • Mailbag: I've noticed traffic getting worse in Costa Mesa

    Has anyone noticed the traffic getting worse? As I was sitting in traffic the other day, I thought about how our streets look better, with the new plants and new cement medians, but they don't seem to do much to alleviate the burgeoning amount of...
  • Water agencies are learning pools aren't a big factor during drought

    Water agencies are learning pools aren't a big factor during drought
    The Sieferts are the kind of environmentally conscious family who attend local sustainability workshops and have solar panels atop their Mar Vista home. They use timers on their kids' showers and have planted drought-tolerant landscaping. But they...
  • 'Severe' drought covers nearly 99.8% of California, report says

    'Severe' drought covers nearly 99.8% of California, report says
    Drought conditions may have leveled off across California, but nearly 100% of the state remains in the third-harshest category for dryness, according to the latest measurements. For the past two weeks, California's drought picture has remained the same,...
  • L.A.'s water ruler, DWP chief Marcie Edwards, on keeping the city hydrated

    L.A.'s water ruler, DWP chief Marcie Edwards, on keeping the city hydrated
    The Department of Water and Power began 107 years ago, after Los Angeles bought back the civic water system from a group of privateers. Like its top man, William Mulholland, who began as a ditch-digger, the new DWP chief, Marcie Edwards, also started at...
  • More Costa Mesans going lawnless during drought

    More Costa Mesans going lawnless during drought
    Lane and Linda Koluvek recently had a rude awakening when seeing their water bill. Usage at their Costa Mesa home had skyrocketed to a degree that, for Lane, "It just kind of knocked me off my feet." The couple decided it was finally time to do...
  • Water too precious to waste on charity's campaign, Californian says

     Water too precious to waste on charity's campaign, Californian says
    When I was challenged to dump a bucket of ice water on my head last week, my initial reaction was, "Ugh, do I really have to do this?" I could instead donate to the cause — which seeks to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral...
  • Cool it on Ice Bucket Challenge, and keep Gov. Brown's dog out of it

    Cool it on Ice Bucket Challenge, and keep Gov. Brown's dog out of it
    As if the parade of publicity-seeking celebrities, newscasters, tech billionaires and past and present politicians dumping pails of ice water on themselves wasn’t tiresome and annoying enough, now we must watch California’s First Dog subjected...