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California restricts water as snowpack survey finds ‘no snow whatsoever’

Reposted from The Guardian by Lauren Gambino The governor of California has ordered unprecedented and mandatory water restrictions in the state as officials conducted a regular measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack and found “no snow whatsoever” amid the state’s ongoing drought. “This was the first time in 75 years of early-April measurements at the Phillips snow course that no snow was found there,” the California Department of Water Resources said in a statement on Wednesday at the conclusion of a survey attended by the Governor Jerry Brown. It said readings from Wednesday put the state’s level of water content
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Jerry Brown on California drought: ‘Climate change is not a hoax’

Reposted from msnbc.com by Joseph Neese California Gov. Jerry Brown said on Sunday the water rations he imposed in the wake of an historic drought should serve as a “wake-up call” not just for residents of his home state but everyone. “I can tell you, from California, climate change is not a hoax,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We’re dealing with it, and it’s damn serious.” Brown mandated a 25% cut in the Western state’s water consumption in an executive order signed on Wednesday. The emergency actions also planned for the addition of “drought tolerant landscaping” to 50 million
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Climate change: UN backs fossil fuel divestment campaign

Reposted from The Guardian by Damian Carrington The UN organisation in charge of global climate change negotiations is backing the fast-growing campaign persuading investors to sell off their fossil fuel assets. It said it was lending its “moral authority” to the divestment campaign because it shared the ambition to get a strong deal to tackle global warming at a crunch UN summit in Paris in December. “We support divestment as it sends a signal to companies, especially coal companies, that the age of ‘burn what you like, when you like’ cannot continue,” said Nick Nuttall, the spokesman for the UN
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Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s One-Man Mission

Article/Transcript and Video from 60 Minutes & Charlie Rose Forty-five years ago, astronauts landed on the moon and space travel captured the country’s imagination. But NASA isn’t launching astronauts anymore and America’s fascination with space has come down to Earth. Neil deGrasse Tyson is on a one-man mission to change that. He wants to get people so interested in the universe that they look up every time they go out. Tyson is reigniting a fascination for the great beyond. He’s succeeded Carl Sagan as the country’s most captivating scientific communicator. Here’s something you haven’t seen before: an astrophysicist, on stage,
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Costa Rica powered with 100% renewable energy for 75 straight days

Original post at Sciencealert.com by Myles Gough Well done Costa Rica, well done. The Cental American country has achieved a major clean energy milestone, meeting 100 percent of its power demand with renewable energy for 75 straight days. “The year 2015 has been one of electricity totally friendly to the environment for Costa Rica,” the state-owned power supplier Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said in a press release. The ICE says the country’s zero-emission milestone was enabled thanks to heavy rainfalls at four hydroelectric power facilities in the first quarter of 2015. These downpours have meant that, for the months of
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