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El Niño Just Pushed America to Its Lowest Level of Drought in Six Years

El Niño Just Pushed America to Its Lowest Level of Drought in Six Years

Throw a fistful of almonds into the air , folks. El Niño did it—we’re now at our lowest level of drought since 2010. But that doesn’t mean the drought is over yet, not even close.

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Ria Misra

February 8th

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Here’s Video Proof That the US Needs an Earthquake Early Warning System

At a big seismic summit yesterday at the White House, the federal government reaffirmed its commitment to creating an early warning system for earthquakes. A great new video shows exactly how this might work—and illustrates how it could help save lives .

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Alissa Walker

February 3rd

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California’s Most Famous Empty Lake Is Full Again, Thanks to El Niño

El Niño’s been very busy blasting the West Coast (and everywhere else ) with storms. Now Folsom Lake, one of the most famous lakes to be depleted by California’s drought , has surpassed its average water level for early February and will soon reach capacity for this time of year.

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Alissa Walker

February 2nd

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Way to Go Everyone, We Ruined Almonds

Great job, internet. Remember all that shit-talking you did about almonds sucking up too much of California’s drought-plagued water? Now the price of almonds is way down, and people just aren’t grabbing America’s nuts like they used to, causing serious damage to the industry.

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Alissa Walker

February 1st

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Can California Drought-Proof Itself With This Pair of Giant Gravity-Powered Water Tunnels?

As part of his State of the State address today, California Governor Jerry Brown released a new video to explain his plan for protecting California’s water supply. According to Brown, it’ll not only drought-proof the state’s water, but also make it earthquake-proof, terrorism-proof, and climate change-proof. Ambitious.

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Alissa Walker

January 21st

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A California Reservoir Infamously Depleted By Drought Rises 20 Feet in 10 Days

A series of big storms sending much-needed rain and snow to Northern California has dramatically replenished a drought-stricken reservoir that was on the brink of disaster. Thanks, El Niño!

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Alissa Walker

January 21st

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LA’s Water District Forced to Name Those Who Received Turf-Removal Incentives

One of the biggest battles of the drought in the Western US has been over the flow of data—namely, who is using (and wasting) the region’s scarcest resource . Now a victory on the water data front has been claimed with Los Angeles’s water district ordered to hand over the names and addresses of homeowners who received incentives to drought-proof their yards.

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Alissa Walker

January 20th

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California Fines Uber $7.6 Million for Ignoring Regulators

Uber has oh-so-graciously agreed to pay a $7.6 million fine relating to failure to report driver data to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Although Uber denies any wrongdoing in the case, it’s paying the fine to avoid a suspension of its license to operate.

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Chris Mills

January 15th

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California Finally Declares State of Emergency for Disastrous Gas Leak 

California has declared a State of Emergency for the Southern California Gas Company gas leak in Porter Ranch—the largest natural gas leak ever recorded, which has been going on since last year. What took so long?

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Kate Knibbs

January 6th

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El Niño Is Running Late But It’s Been Pounding Beers All Day

So El Niño was supposed to arrive this morning, and in true California style, it hasn’t showed up yet. Be warned, though, when El Niño does get here, it’s in the mood to fucking party—and it’s drinking to get drunk.

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Alissa Walker

January 5th

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