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Quit Astroturfing Your Lawns, California—Just Get Rid of Them.

There’s an insidious message being delivered to drought-hit Californians: You can have your lawn, and your water too, with a little help from synthetic grass. But, no, be bold, California! Don’t double-down on a failed experiment. It’s time to tear down your lawns. Each and every last one of them.
» 7/21/15 11:00am 7/21/15 11:00am

How Much Rain Would End the Drought?

What’s the best way to get people to stop watering their lawns? Why aren’t we investing in desalination? Will we ever get used to the idea of drinking our own (recycled) pee? And most importantly, when will this drought be over? You had a lot of questions about water, so we turned to two experts to get us all some… » 7/14/15 3:30pm 7/14/15 3:30pm

There's A Way to Make Big Earthquakes Safer. The US Won't Pay For It.

Everyone’s fretting about a terrifying article on the terrifying Cascadia Subduction Zone, which will almost certainly deliver the deadliest earthquake in US history. That earthquake would almost certainly be made less deadly with an early warning system that’s ready to be implemented—if only the US would decide to… » 7/14/15 2:00am 7/14/15 2:00am

Nudists Accused Of Illegally Diverting Water To Resort During Drought

If you need evidence that the California drought has severely impacted outdoor recreation in the state, look no further than Lupin Lodge — a clothing-optional resort that would no doubt prefer keeping prying eyes out of its business, and yet made headlines this week when its owners were accused of water theft. » 6/16/15 3:40pm 6/16/15 3:40pm

Meet the People Who Are Wasting the West's Water on Purpose

On Friday, California passed its deepest water cuts yet, the state’s latest attempt to conserve a dwindling resource in a region crippled by drought. Yet there remains a small group of people in states throughout the West who continue to flagrantly waste water. Yes, on purpose. And it’s not just the wealthy. » 6/16/15 12:55am 6/16/15 12:55am

Rich Californians Don't Think They Should Have To Ration Their Water

California’s wealthiest do not think that they should be subject to the same restrictions on water consumption as everyone else, the Washington Post reports. Rich people pay higher property taxes and are therefore entitled to more water and poor people are just going to have to suck it up.
» 6/14/15 10:00pm 6/14/15 10:00pm

If We're Going to Do Celebrity #DroughtShaming Let's Do It Right

In April, snitchy Californians lodged 22,000 water-wasting complaints that resulted in 838 penalties issued. And guess what? The state reduced overall water use by 13.5 percent. It’s evidence that these kinds of reporting efforts might be working. What’s not really working? Posting photos of celebrity homes on Twitter. » 6/04/15 6:00am 6/04/15 6:00am

California's Wealthiest Are Being Drought Shamed on Social Media

The hard data on Cali’s biggest water hogs may not be publicly available, but we all have eyes and a smartphone. So, as another season of “exceptional drought” descends on the West, people sick of witnessing egregious water waste in their backyard are taking to social media to vent. » 5/17/15 12:05pm 5/17/15 12:05pm

Learning From Australia's Drought Lessons to Avoid a Mad Max Future

The drought is no longer a California problem. The Colorado River, which supplies water to one-eighth of the country’s population, is reporting record low water levels due to overallocation. The US needs a little perspective when it comes to how bad this is going to get. Luckily we have one: Australia. » 5/15/15 12:40pm 5/15/15 12:40pm

California Is In the Middle of a Sea Lion Crisis

In January and February of 2015, over 1,450 sea lions have appeared on the beaches of California in need of rescue. The reason? Experts believe that their food is being driven away from the islands where sea lions breed, forcing immature sea lions to enter the sea in a search for food. And ending up on the coast,… » 3/16/15 4:00am 3/16/15 4:00am

California Would Need A Ridiculous Amount Of Rain To End Its Drought​

California has been having a bit of a rainy season lately, so much so that some people are asking if we're finally coming to the end of its three-year long drought. The answer is almost certainly not. Here's the numbers on how much water California would need to see the drought's end — and, fair warning, it's a lot. » 1/15/15 11:30am 1/15/15 11:30am