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California is drought-free for the first time in nearly a decade

Published: 
Thu, 03/14/2019 - 6:46pm

It’s official: California is 100% drought-free.

For the first time since 2011, the state shows no areas suffering from prolonged drought and illustrates almost entirely normal conditions, according to a map released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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In the middle of a butterfly crisis, California sees a burst of painted ladies

Published: 
Wed, 03/13/2019 - 9:20pm

Perhaps you spotted them on La Cienega, flitting north by the thousands near the Westfield mall.

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MWD vote moves Colorado River drought plan forward

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Wed, 03/13/2019 - 8:17pm

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Tuesday sealed California’s participation in a landmark Colorado River drought management plan, agreeing to shoulder more of the state’s future delivery cuts to prevent Lake Mead from falling to dangerously low levels.

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Southern California Edison power lines sparked deadly Thomas fire, investigators find

Published: 
Wed, 03/13/2019 - 9:13pm

Investigators have determined that Southern California Edison power lines ignited the 2017 Thomas fire, a massive blaze in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties that killed two people and later gave rise to a massive mudflow that resulted in at least 21 deaths.

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Destruction from sea level rise in California could exceed worst wildfires and earthquakes, new research shows

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Wed, 03/13/2019 - 9:08pm

In the most extensive study to date on sea level rise in California, researchers say damage by the end of the century could be far more devastating than the worst earthquakes and wildfires in state history.