our lake is frozen


Apparently, no, actually, Lake Erie is still mostly frozen from this past harsh winter, so we will not be getting a real spring for at least another month or so.  So the recent cold days and snow haven’t just been hiccups along the way to getting this spring thing going, it’s something more substantial.  It snowed for a little while today, and snowed hard.  My only hope is that the cooling effects of the Lake stay around through late summer to at least make it a pleasant one.  Makes me want to move out west, but California is running out of water.

12 solid miles in the park today, in the cold, unsure what season I’m in.

Folks, you need to care about this drought in California. It is the 5th-largest food producer in the world and the biggest in the States. Thousands of migrants risk losing their jobs as crops are quickly drying up. Food prices will inflate nationwide if this does not get better. Water rations in the state will get stricter and hit low-income communities the hardest. People may need to be moved out of California. Pre-existing inequality will worsen with the economic strain. So how much time do we have to address this? NASA estimates that California has about one year of water left. You NEED to care about this.

NASA: California Has One Year of Water Left

Plagued by prolonged drought, California now has only enough water to get it through the next year, according to NASA.

In an op-ed published Thursday by the Los Angeles Times, Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, painted a dire picture of the state’s water crisis. California, he writes, has lost around 12 million acre-feet of stored water every year since 2011. In the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins, the combined water sources of snow, rivers, reservoirs, soil water and groundwater amounted to a volume that was 34 million acre-feet below normal levels in 2014. And there is no relief in sight.

"As our ‘wet’ season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows" Famiglietti writes. "We’re not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we’re losing the creek too."

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that one-third of the monitoring stations in California’s Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountains have recorded the lowest snowpack ever measured.

"Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing,” Famiglietti writes.

He criticized Californian officials for their lack of long-term planning for how to cope with this drought, and future droughts, beyond “staying in emergency mode and praying for rain.”

Last month, new research by scientists at NASA, Cornell University and Columbia University pointed to a “remarkably drier future” for California and other Western states amid a rapidly-changing climate. “Megadroughts,” the study’s authors wrote, are likely to begin between 2050 and 2099, and could each last between 10 years and several decades.

With that future in mind, Famiglietti says, “immediate mandatory water rationing” should be implemented in the state, accompanied by the swift formation of regulatory agencies to rigorously monitor groundwater and ensure that it is being used in a sustainable way—as opposed to the “excessive and unsustainable” groundwater extraction for agriculture that, he says, is partly responsible for massive groundwater losses that are causing land in the highly irrigated Central Valley to sink by one foot or more every year.

Various local ordinances have curtailed excessive water use for activities like filling fountains and irrigating lawns. But planning for California’s “harrowing future” of more and longer droughts “will require major changes in policy and infrastructure that could take decades to identify and act upon,” Famiglietti writes. “Today, not tomorrow, is the time to begin.”

Nestle Water Bottling Plant Protest in South Sacramento by Darla-Tess Weaver

Protesters are trying to stop operations at the Nestle Water Bottling Plant off Florin-Perkins Road. Demonstrators gathered as early as 4:30 a.m. to stand up against the company’s water practices.

Water activists are arguing that the facility is draining up to 80 million gallons of water a year from Sacramento aquifers while the state is in a drought.

The Nestle plant manager, Shawn Edmondson, tells FOX40 they are also concerned about the drought.

“We are also a regulated facility. So anything that comes from the water board or the city of Sacramento, we will comply,” Edmondson says.

(Photo Credit: US Uncut)


Charizard X // Charizard Y

“Charizard flies around the sky in search of powerful opponents. It breathes fire of such great heat that it melts anything. However, it never turns its fiery breath on any opponent weaker than itself.”

Kristenella 2015


WHY DOES NO ONE CARE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE? Warnings about California’s drought are apocalyptic. Yet only a minority of Californians support rationing. Are we too lazy to address the issue or are we simply in denial?

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Innumerable scientists have tried to convince us that climate change is real and human actions are to blame. In the U.S., no matter how many different ways experts explain it to us, many people remain unconvinced. Even those who are, often make no discernible effort to contribute to a solution.

Working against climate change education is the fact that it’s strongest support is science and science doesn’t deal in absolutes. While denialists can say that global warming is obviously untrue because they found a snowball outside, people on the other side of the argument have…

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How California’s Drought Affects The World

A NASA scientist recently said that California only has one year of water left. What happens if California runs out of water, and how does it affect the world?


California is in its fourth year of one of the worst droughts in modern history, with recent reports showing only enough water to last the state one more year. Keep in mind that this is a state whose water fuels a major portion of our entire nation’s food supply. But while residents are urged to conserve water and are facing mandatory water usage restrictions, Nestlé is bottling this scarce resource straight from the heart of California’s drought, exporting it out of state, and selling it for profit. And this is all happening right under the state water regulator’s nose!

JOIN US to call on the California Water Resources Control Board to immediately shut down Nestlé’s bottling operations during this devastating drought!

“California can’t spend its way out of a water crisis any more than it can frack its way out of the climate crisis. More money is as much besides the point as shorter showers, when such a huge portion of this problem comes from Sacramento’s willingness to let oil companies pour millions of gallons of fresh water down holes across our state in exchange for crude. If Governor Brown was truly serious about doing more than nibbling around the edges of the water crisis, step one would be obvious: place an immediate moratorium on fracking in our state, and prevent the pollution of more than 2 million gallons of fresh water per day.”

— Linda Capato

Belize's Famous 'Blue Hole' Reveal Clues to the Maya's Demise

SAN FRANCISCO — The ancient Mayan civilization collapsed due to a century-long drought, new research suggests.

Minerals taken from Belize’s famous underwater cave, known as the Blue Hole, as well as lagoons nearby, show that an extreme drought occurred between A.D. 800 and A.D. 900, right when the Mayan civilization disintegrated. After the rains returned, the Mayans moved north — but they disappeared again a few centuries later, and that disappearance occurred at the same time as another dry spell, the sediments reveal.

Although the findings aren’t the first to tie a drought to the Mayan culture’s demise, the new results strengthen the case that dry periods were indeed the culprit. That’s because the data come from several spots in a region central to the Mayan heartland, said study co-author André Droxler, an Earth scientist at Rice University. Read more.


These 5 photos show Yosemite National Park’s famous Half Dome feature. They are all taken by the webcam of the Yosemite Conservancy and are available here. 

You might notice a slight difference between them. These photos are, remarkably, taken on almost the exact same day - March 19 or within a few days of that time, each year since 2011.

That’s one of the more impressive demonstrations of the depth of California’s drought I’ve seen.


Why The Ocean Can’t Fix The Drought

California’s drought is bad. Really bad. If we could take salt out of ocean water, could that fix the problem?