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  • California Seeing a Butterfly Boom After 7 Years of Drought

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    California has finally been declared drought-free after experiencing 7 years of alarmingly arid conditions – and it has resulted in a surge of butterflies and wildflowers. According to recent reports from the U.S. National Drought Mitigation Center, California has been experiencing some form of drought since December 20th, 2011 – which is 376 consecutive weeks […]

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  • Clean Energy Fuels Goes All In on Renewable Natural Gas

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    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced it would convert all its natural gas fuel to its renewable product, Redeem, by 2025 as it positions itself to offer the cleanest available fuel alternative to diesel through a broad distribution network. The plan comes as regulatory agencies are considering how to toughen emissions regulations for nitrogen oxide, which […]

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  • California Touts Desalination, but Take It With a Grain of Salt

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    Process is drought-resistant way to meet water demands, supporters say Desalination is harmful to environment, costly compared to other sources, according to opponents Slimming down a $17 billion plan to shunt water from Northern California to the arid south has the state considering ways to supplement water needs. Desalination is one of the methods getting […]

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  • California proposes phaseout of single-use plastics by 2030

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    California lawmakers introduced legislation this week to phase out single-use plastic food containers and other packaging that can’t demonstrate it’s recyclable or compostable. Proponents of the legislation say it could help reduce the problem of plastic littering beaches and oceans. Last year the Golden State became the first in the nation to restrict the use […]

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  • Is California Ready For The Next Catastrophic Flood?

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    When it floods in California, the culprit is usually what’s known as an atmospheric river—a narrow ribbon of ultra-moist air moving in from over the Pacific Ocean. Atmospheric rivers are also essential sources of moisture for western reservoirs and mountain snowpack, but in 1861, a series of particularly intense and prolonged ones led to the […]

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  • DIY Flower Garland Wall Hanging for Spring

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    You can use tapestry thread to sew together strings of fresh flowers to hang from a branch — this delicate wall hanging requires fewer blooms than you’d need to create a fuller, ropier garland. Supplies For 1 Wall Hanging Twine (no wider than 1mm) 1 pair of scissors 1 large twig or branch (about 4 […]

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  • The Devastating California Camp Fire has Been Contained

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    The horrific Camp Fire — which killed at least 85 people, destroyed 14,000 residences and charred an area the size of Chicago as it raged across Northern California — has finally been fully contained, authorities announced Sunday. Cal Fire, the state’s forestry and fire protection agency, made the announcement after spending 17 days beating back […]

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  • Heavy Rains Cause New Dangers After California Fires

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    The deadliest blaze in California history is nearly contained after firefighters got a little help from the rain. While more rain Friday could mean an end to the two-week fire, it also brings the risks of flooding and mudslides. Northern California’s Camp Fire, which has killed 84 people, was 95% contained as of Friday morning, […]

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  • Interior Secretary Zinke blames ‘radical’ environmentalists for contributing to wildfires

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    “The radical environmental groups … would rather burn down the entire forest than cut a single tree,” Zinke said. nterior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday in part blamed “radical environmental groups” for contributing to wildfire conditions. Zinke, in a conference call on Tuesday, said “every time there is a thinning project out, who’s suing?” when […]

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  • Why the California Fires Didn’t Get as much Media as Recent Hurricanes

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    If you lived anywhere near the California wildfires that took at least 81 lives this month and destroyed more than 12,000 structures, a look out the window or a breath of air provided an immediate sense of the scale of the disaster. But if you turned on 24-hour cable news, before getting an update on […]

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