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18 Jan 2021 LOS ANGELES CA
In the decades since engineers first blanketed the Los Angeles River with concrete, working-class communities along its armored banks have struggled with blight, poverty and crowding — unintended consequences perhaps of an epic bid to control Mother Nature. Now, as many of these neighborhoods suffer disproportionately higher rates of infection from COVID-19 — and as the nation seeks to atone for racial and institutional injustices laid bare in the police killing of George Floyd — famed architect Frank Gehry has unveiled a bold plan to transform the river into more than just a concrete flood channel and establish it as an unprecedented system of open space.
12 Oct 2020 PARIS, France
The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service has confirmed that September 2020 was 0.05°C warmer than 2019 and 0.08°C warmer than in 2016, the previous monthly records. It is possible that 2020 could be the warmest year ever recorded, depending on La Nina weather patterns and autumn Arctic ice cover in the last three months of the year...
3 Mar 2020 PRINCETON NJ, United States
New research from the US Geological Survey (USGS) assesses climate change impacts on the shrinking Colorado River which supplies water to approximately 40 million people in six southwest US states and parts of Mexico, and supports about $1 Trillion USD in economic activity.A USGS report emphasises that there is growing potential for severe water shortages throughout the basin due to diminishing snowpack...
6 Oct 2019 SAN FRANCISCO CA, United States
In an apparent distraction ploy to increase political pressure on the water-stressed state of California, the US Environment Protection Agency (USEPA) has issued a formal notice accusing the city of San Francisco of a number of violations of the country's Clean Water Act.A letter from the federal agency follows accusations last month that the city allows used needles and human waste to be released untreated into the Pacific Ocean...
30 Sep 2019 LOS ANGELES CA, United States
Funding to understand environmental sustainability challenges received a whopping boost 26 September with the commitment of US philantropists Stewart and Lynda Resnick to support cutting-edge research at California Institute of Technology (CalTech) home to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The $750 Million USD is the second largest ever to a US academic institution...
28 Sep 2019 Washington DC, United States
A 26 September letter from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to the Governor of California cites the agency’s concerns with the state’s slack enforcement of the US's Clean Water Act and appears to blame the state’s large homeless population, and in particular the city of San Francisco, for a variety of violations of the legislation...
7 May 2019 SACRAMENTO CA, United States
Gavin Newsom, the new Governor of California, United States, has announced that the State will withdraw permit applications to state and federal water and wildlife agencies to build two giant water transfer tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.The two-tunnel transfer project, chamioned by former Governor Jerry Brown, would have cost about $19 Billion USD...
22 Mar 2019 DENVER CO, United States
Following about 20 years of drought and shrinkage in available Colorado River water resources, negotiators for seven Western states (Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California) and federal authorities agreed March 19 to a new sharing plan including voluntary conservation measures...
16 May 2018 San Francisco, CA
The Santa Clara Valley Water District has voted to support State Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two massive tunnels to transfer Northern California water to Southern California.The district’s board voted 4-3 May 8 to support the $17 Billion USD project and to commit up to $650 Million USD to help pay for it...
26 Apr 2018 LOS ANGELES CA
A proposal to borrow $8.9 billion for improvements to California’s water quality systems and watersheds and protection of natural habitats is eligible for the statewide ballot in November, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced in a press release Wednesday. Padilla said the measure, which is backed by agricultural interests, had exceeded the 365,800 valid signatures it needed to qualify for the general election ballot.
12 Apr 2018 LOS ANGELES CA
Southern California's largest water wholesaler decided Tuesday to commit nearly $11 billion to build two tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to divert water south to Los Angeles and neighboring counties. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's vote was a landmark decision following a decade of study and debate...
14 Mar 2018 LOS ANGELES CA
Environmentalists have talked for decades about the value of the clean air, clean water, biodiversity and other “services” provided by nature. Now comes the fullest accounting to date of actual transactions that pay for such services. The headline number: between $36 billion and $42 billion per year, in more than 550 “payment for ecosystem services” programs worldwide.