Even after epic storms, groundwater still depleted by drought – SFGate

The blizzards that ravaged the Sierra Nevada in the past month wiped out more than a third of the California snowpack deficit that built up over five years of drought, a team of scientists said Monday, while encouraging state residents to continue conserving water. The storms deposited roughly 17.5 million acre-feet of frozen water in […]
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Human nature makes it easier to deny climate change than to confront it – LA Times

At one point in the Senate hearing to confirm Oklahoma Atty. Gen.  Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency , Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders asked the nominee to share his personal views about climate change. Pruitt, a longtime ally of the oil industry and bane of the EPA, repeatedly evaded the question, saying […]
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How would Trump’s 20 percent import tax affect Bay Area?

Mexico is the largest market for exports of California-made goods. In 2015, California exported $26.8 billion in goods to Mexico, accounting for 16.2 percent of California’s overall merchandise exports. The highest export to Mexico from California has been computers and electronic products, but the state also exports agricultural products like fruits, nuts, cereals and beverages, […]
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New California bill would ease candidate residency rules | The Sacramento Bee

The proposed change, if it had been in effect in 2008, could have spared the political career of former state Sen. Rod Wright, who resigned in September 2014 after a Los Angeles County judge upheld his conviction for lying about where he lived. The author of Senate Bill 163, state Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, represents […]
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