California governor marks official end of state’s historic drought

April 10, 2017 by  
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A wet winter that filled reservoirs with rainwater and blanketed the Sierra Nevadas with heavy snow has officially brought an end to California’s historic drought . On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown lifted the emergency order in effect since January 2014 for all of the state except for the Central California counties of Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne that are still dealing with dried-up wells. Brown’s executive order continues conservation measures such as the State Water Resources Control Board maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibiting wasteful practices like watering lawns right after rainfall or in a manner that causes runoff. Related: Only 9% of California is still in drought as Sierra Nevada snowpack hits 185% The severely dry conditions that began in the winter of 2011-2012 killed an estimated 100 million trees , disrupted agricultural production, reduced drinking water supplies in rural communities and diminished groundwater basins. According to the executive order, Californians responded to the drought by conserving water at unprecedented levels — reducing water use in communities by more than 22 percent between June 2015 and January 2017. Also on Friday, state agencies put forth a long-term plan to make water conservation a way of life in California as part of resiliency efforts to prepare for more frequent and severe droughts as a result of human-caused climate change . “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” Brown said in a statement. “Conservation must remain a way of life.” Via The Washington Post Images via Flickr 1 , 2

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Only 9% of California is still in drought as Sierra Nevada snowpack hits 185%

March 3, 2017 by  
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A year ago 95 percent of California was in a drought . Today, just 9 percent of the state is still experiencing drought conditions thanks to one of the wettest winters on record. Those are the findings of the United States Drought Monitor, a weekly map of drought conditions produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The percentage of the state currently in drought is the lowest since 2011, when the drought began. Scientists say the Sierra Nevada snowpack measured on March 1 was an astounding 185 percent of average, measuring 45.5 inches. The Sierra Nevada hasn’t had this much snowpack since 1993 when the snowpack was at 205 percent of normal, measuring 51.25 inches. The historical average snowpack is 24.6 inches, according to the state Department of Water Resources. Related: California storms could herald the end of punishing historic drought A series of “atmospheric river” storms flowing east from Hawaii and the tropical Pacific have slammed the state, bringing heavy rain and dumping massive amounts of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. There have been about 30 atmospheric river events since Oct. 1 – well above the yearly average of 12, and the six annually during the last five years of the drought. However, even with record levels of rain filling up reservoirs and snow accumulating in the Sierra Nevada, Gov. Jerry Brown is not about to declare the drought over. The snowpack will be measured again on April 1 when it is considered at its peak and Brown said he will wait until those results are announced before making a call on the drought and associated water conservation measures . + United States Drought Monitor Via Los Angeles Times Images via Pexels and Wikimedia

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LEAFXPRO is the world’s first umbrella for your bike

February 18, 2015 by  
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Not being able to use your bike because of bad weather shouldn’t force you to fall back on transportation that’s harmful for the environment. LEAFXPRO is a flexible umbrella that’s easily installed on any bike and provides a versatile, comfortable solution for those rainy days. Because of it’s aerodynamics, using the LEAFXPRO makes the bicycle more predictable and comfortable under rain and when affected by winds. Each kit is modular so it can fit your specific needs and an aerodynamic channel pulls water away from your body, keeping you clean and dry. Early birds will be able to pre-order one for £99 on Kickstarter + LEAFXPRO on Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle umbrella , bike umbrella , biking in the rain , first bike umbrella , kickstarter projects , LEAFXPRO , LEAFXPRO bike umbrella , LEAFXPRO Kickstarter , riding in bad weather

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Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert

January 12, 2015 by  
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Some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert’s Wadi Zim region got to see something truly incredible as a dramatic video posted to YouTube captured the rebirth of the River Zin. Within seconds, the dry riverbed, also known as nahal in Hebrew and wadi in Arabic, is overwhelmed by gushing water as the dozens of spectators and one excited dog watch in awe. Read the rest of Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beersheba , biblical , Dead Sea , Drought , dry riverbed , flooding , Israel , nahal , Negev Desert , rain , Ramon Crater , River Zin , WADI , water issues

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Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert

September 3, 2014 by  
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While the Hollywood version of the biblical Noah’s Ark story recently hit movie theaters, some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert’s Wadi Zim region got to see a real flood in the Holy Land as a dramatic video posted to YouTube captured the rebirth of the River Zin. Within seconds, the dry riverbed, also known as nahal in Hebrew and wadi in Arabic, is overwhelmed by gushing water as the dozens of spectators and one excited dog watch in awe. Read the rest of Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beersheba , biblical , Dead Sea , Drought , dry riverbed , flooding , Israel , nahal , Negev Desert , rain , Ramon Crater , River Zin , WADI , water issues

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A Third of Borneo’s Forests Have Been Wiped Out in Just 40 Years

July 17, 2014 by  
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The fact that the world’s tropical forests are disappearing at an astonishing rate is cause for real concern, but the rate of destruction in Borneo’s forests makes the usual deforestation look like amateur hour. That’s because Borneo’s tropical forests are disappearing twice as fast as those in other areas, and in the past 4 decades, nearly a third of the total forest has been completely wiped out. Read the rest of A Third of Borneo’s Forests Have Been Wiped Out in Just 40 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Borneo forests , Borneo forests disappearing , Borneo rain forests , deforestation , deforesting Borneo , destroying rainforests , LANDSAT studies , logging Borneo , native forests , plantations Borneo , plos one , preserving rain forests , rainforest logging , saving the rain forests , tropical deforestation , vanishing rainforests

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Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Drought-ridden Negev Desert

March 18, 2014 by  
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While the Hollywood version of the biblical Noah’s Ark story is about to released in movie theaters, some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert’s Wadi Zim region got to see a real flood in the Holy Land as a dramatic video posted to YouTube this week captured the recent rebirth of the River Zin. Within seconds, the dry riverbed, also known as nahal in Hebrew and wadi in Arabic, is overwhelmed by gushing water as the dozens of spectators and one excited dog watch in awe. Read the rest of Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Drought-ridden Negev Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beersheba , biblical , Dead Sea , Drought , dry riverbed , flooding , Israel , nahal , Negev Desert , rain , Ramon Crater , River Zin , WADI , water issues        

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Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes

October 1, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock In another awesome project inspired by nature , scientists developed a new type of nano coating that makes a surface stay wet or keep it completely dry, and it never needs to be cleaned. Researchers at the University of Sydney created this newly discovered material by using raspberry-shaped nanoparticles that mimic the surface structure of a rose. Depending on the arrangement of these bundled particles, the surface can either repel water or soak it up like a sponge, and one of its many applications includes using it in airplanes to keep airborne viruses at bay. Read the rest of Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airplane , biomimicry , dirt repelant , does not need to be cleaned , fungi , medical technology , Medicine , microscopic , miniature , mold , nanoparticles , News , operation , rain , reduce mold in bathroom , repels water , research , School of Chemistry , science , stain resistant , stainless , surgery , things inspired by nature , University of Sidney , water resistant , waterproof        

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California Bill Brings Rainwater to Your Toilet

February 18, 2011 by  
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Photo by Ladycliff via Flickr Creative Commons While rainwater collection is a contentious issue in some areas, California is looking to make it a little easier to use your rain barrels as a water source. This week, AB 275, the Rainwater Capture Act of 2011 was introduced into the California State Assembly, a bill that would allow la… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Have Australia’s Rains Moved to Antarctica?

February 11, 2010 by  
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Image credit: suburbanbloke /Flickr For more than a decade, Australia has been in the grips of a drought. The severity of the dry spell is the worst since European settlement and so far, this summer has offered no relief. Now, new research is suggesting that the rain Australia has been missing relocated to Antarctica….

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