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Worst Mediterranean drought in 900 years has human fingerprints all over it
A new study shows that the current Mediterranean drought is likely the worst in 900 years, probably due to human-caused intensification [...] To be clear, this study doesn’t prove that droughts are getting worse, and it doesn’t prove that human emissions of greenhouse gases are making droughts more severe. In fact, proving such statements would be nearly impossible. What this study does is put recent extreme weather into historical context.
California  Mediterranean  drought  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  climate  change  global  warming  COP21  National  Security  food  water  scarcity  water  Wars  water  management  water  rights  water  shortage  water  supply  livestock  farming  sustainability  sustainable 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Eurasia Group - 2/3 of the global population face severe water...
2/3 of the global population face severe water scarcity at least 1 month of year // even the south of UK.
water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security  food  security  National  drought  global  warming  climate  change  climate  crisis  mass  extinction  Wildfire  UK  USA  California  Australia  Africa  Asia 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
The Central Valley is sinking: drought forces farmers to ponder the abyss | US news | The Guardian
As people dig ever deeper to find water, nearly 1,200 square miles of California is sinking 2 inches a month – destroying roads, bridges and farmland in the process //
economic  damage  drought  California  climate  crisis  global  warming  climate  change  short-termism  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  Cowspiracy  food  industry  Dairy  Meat  sustainability  sustainable 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Tech Stocks Rebound: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/25) - YouTube
15:53 - you can build sw companies everywhere else. cost of living out of control as well dampens quality of life and standard of living. // lower burn rate, more time, more runway to find traction (product market fit) beyond MVP,
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The small fruit with a big flavour - BBC News
More than 250 crops are grown in California's Central Valley, including some of the world's tastiest peaches. But several years of drought have left the farmers facing an uncertain future.
California  drought  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  weather  system  global  warming  climate  change  climate  science  climate  crisis  climate  system  food  prices 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
L.A.’s History of Paper Water | DroughtMath
This graph shows the City of Los Angeles’s history of ‘paper water’ since 1990 and the actual amount of water it has been able to obtain. Paper water is the gap between what the city anticipated it would need for it future growth versus the amount of water it actually received. The projections appear in the city’s Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) which is published and approved by the city council every five years. The city uses paper water along with real water to demonstrate that it has sufficient water supplies for the thousands of medium and high density projects going through the planning process. As time goes by however the city has not been able to access that water which has created a severe deficit resulting in a drought. Despite not having access to this water, each new water plan would continue anticipate levels of water supplies that it clearly has no access to.
drought  urban  planning  California  sustainable  sustainability 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
As Lake Mead Levels Drop, The West Braces For Bigger Drought Impact : NPR
The Colorado River and its reservoirs make the desert bloom. About 70 percent of all the water in the system goes to growing crops: vegetables, but also alfalfa and cotton. The river and its tributaries also provide the main drinking water for 40 million people. Some of the West's biggest metropolises — Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego — all grew up during what scientists now believe was a wet period, a relative anomaly in the West.
California  drought  USA  Lake  Mead  Lake  Powell  Colorado  River  sustainable  sustainability 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Don’t stop showering, California. Just lay off the burgers & nuts. — Medium
farming in that climate zone with that little water resources. = bad long-term. // - Why did Governor Jerry Brown exempt Big Oil and Big Agriculture from his order this week to cut water consumption by 25 percent? Big Oil uses more than 2 million gallons of fresh water a day in California for fracking, acidizing, and steam injections – nearly 70 million gallons last year alone. Meanwhile, California’s farmers consume 80 percent of the water used in the state and generate only 2 percent of the state’s economic activity. Oddly, the Governor’s order focuses on urban water use, which makes up less than a quarter of the water consumed here. California could save the same amount of water by requiring its farmers to increase water efficiency by 5 percent. & &!
California  drought  water  security  water  rights  water  scarcity  water  supply  industrial  agriculture  Farming  inefficiencies  Policy  Makers  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  lobby  lobbyist  Lobbying  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  folly  error  USA  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  global  warming  climate  change 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
California has about one year of water left | Hacker News
As difficult as it may be to face, the simple fact is that California is running out of water — and the problem started before our current drought. NASA data reveal that total water storage in California has been in steady decline since at least 2002, when satellite-based monitoring began, although groundwater depletion has been going on since the early 20th century. How was Exide allowed to pollute for so long and endanger so many people? How was Exide allowed to pollute for so long and endanger so many people? 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. California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one (let alone a 20-plus-year mega-drought), except, apparently, staying in emergency mode and praying for rain. &! - California Is Drilling for Water That Fell to Earth 20,000 Years Ago &!
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Don't Be Awful: Former SF Bay Guardian Editor Tim Redmond - YouTube
end of talk >> "how we respond to economic disruption without human disruption" << also universal basic income &! money talks, not democracy and long-term views &! // via - "The “Anti-Tech Backlash” is over, now let’s talk San Francisco housing" &! &! commuting is a bad thing; (1) greenhouse gases, (2) time consuming (3) stress (4) lost productivity &! &! profit maximisation - building +2m a piece condos vs 250-500k houses // also! companies get generous tax breaks (like in london via tax loopholes, tax evasion/tax avoidance not being challenged by HMRC) they don't need!!! &! &! &!
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
How Silicon Valley’s counterculture went corporate and ruined everything | PandoDaily
Politicians, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, hippies, and corporations all working together to make the world a better place? In 2015, that arrangement seems unthinkable. So where did the dream of tech-powered togetherness go wrong? [...] [...] // As of last November, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco was $3,350 [£2200]. [...] So contrary to Gosney’s and Archer’s dream of a techno-utopia that benefits every slice of San Francisco’s population, the tech boom — along with various city statutes that limit residential housing — have made it harder than ever for artists and other members of the counterculture to live in the city. These are the very people, mind you, who helped spark the region’s technological revolution. And that’s saying nothing of the struggles felt by teachers, social workers and other non-tech workers struggling to stay afloat as housing prices skyrocket. [...] [C]ity officials and outdated statutes are as much to blame as tech companies
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - US 'at risk of mega-drought future'
The American Southwest and Central Plains could be on course for super-droughts the like of which they have not witnessed in over a 1,000 years. Places like California are already facing very dry conditions, but these are quite gentle compared with some periods in the 12th and 13th Centuries. Scientists have now compared these earlier droughts with climate simulations for the coming decades. The study suggests events unprecedented in the last millennium may lie ahead. [...] Imagine instead the current California drought going on for another 20 years." [...] American Southwest and the Central Plains (a broad swathe of land from North Texas to the Dakotas) will dry as a consequence of increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
drought  California  USA  Southwest  climate  change  global  warming  ecological  disaster  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  weather  system  climate  science  climate  crisis  climate  system  climate  Central  Plains  water  security  water  rights  water  scarcity  water  supply  environmental  disaster  economic  damage 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Waste Water from Oil Fracking Injected into Clean Aquifers | NBC Bay Area
Waste Water. WASTE. WASTE! "California Dept. of Conservation Deputy Director admits that errors were made" [...] NBC reports that California officials “allowed oil and gas companies to pump nearly three billion gallons of waste water” from fracking “into underground aquifers that could have been used for drinking water or irrigation.”
fracking  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  STEM  California  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  trust  trustagent  confidence  transparency  Political  Governance  oversight  accountability  corporate  crony  capitalism  profit  maximisation  drinking  water  water  pollution  pollution  water  scarcity  Wall  Street 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Our cities' water systems are becoming obsolete. What will replace them? - Vox
But as David Sedlak explains in his fascinating book, Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource, nothing about water has ever been simple. The urban water systems we rely on so heavily were developed in response to three major crises stretching back centuries — from water shortages in the Roman Empire to cholera outbreaks in the Industrial Revolution to polluted lakes in the United States in the 1970s. And now, Sedlak writes, we're about to face a fourth major water crisis — "as continued population growth and climate change stretch the ability of urban water systems to meet our needs." [...] 1) Our water infrastructure needs costly upgrades [...] 2) Many sewer systems are becoming overloaded [...] 3) Water scarcity in drought-prone areas [...] Climate change will make this all harder. "The most recent global climate models suggest that the wet places will get wetter and the dry places will get drier.
infrastructure  investment  urbanisation  urban  planning  USA  water  security  water  scarcity  water  rights  drinking  water  water  supply  climate  change  global  warming  drought  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  population  desalination  California  resource  depletion  natural  resources  finite  resources  capitalism  Wall  Street  shareholder  shareholder  value  uncertainty  unknown  unkown  unknown  unknowns  complexity 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
With Dry Taps and Toilets, California Drought Turns Desperate -
"For months, families called county and state officials asking what they should do when their water ran out, only to be told that there was no public agency that could help them. CONTINUE READING THE MAIN STORY 433 COMMENTS “Nobody knows where to go, who to talk to: These aren’t people who rely on government to help,” said Donna Johnson, 72, an East Porterville resident whose own well went dry in July. As she began learning that hundreds of her neighbors were also out of water, she used her own money to buy gallons of water, handed them out of her truck and compiled a list of those in need. County officials rely on her list as the most complete snapshot of who needs help; dozens are added each day. “It’s a slow-moving disaster that nobody knows how to handle,” Ms. Johnson said." + +
California  drought  water  rights  water  security  drinking  water  water  scarcity  water  supply  Aquifer  Lake  Powell  Lake  Mead  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  climate  change  global  warming  Dust  Bowl  USA  Public  Policy 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
'Gay Panic' Legal Defense Outlawed in California - YouTube
'Gay Panic' Defense / 2nd class citizens in-front of Law & Justice +!+!+ "California Becomes First State to Ban Gay, Trans 'Panic' Defenses In a groundbreaking move, the state takes a stand against defendants being able to use a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity as justification for murder." +
LGBT  USA  hate  crime  Transgender  straight  white  male  homophobic  Homophobia  Transphobic  transphobia  California  human  rights  equality  inequality 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Super-rich make last stand against California drought - Telegraph
"It doesn't matter how much money you have, if you run out of water you're screwed. It's a great leveller. "Gone are the days in California when you could throw water around. This is a desert and people have to realise if we run out of water it's going to return to desert." [...] He trucked water in once but is now drilling his own well instead. Dozens of other Montecito residents have also applied to drill wells, which can cost up to $100,000 – and could eventually cause to the subterranean aquifers beneath their feet to run dry. Mr Nesbitt said: "I'm getting five gallons a minute, eight hours a day out of it at the moment. Not much. Pray for rain, that's the only solution." << Stupid
California  drought  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  Aquifer  global  warming  climate  change  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  Santa  Barbara  Lake  Cachuma  Montecito  water  security  drinking  water  water  scarcity  water  supply  flat  world  natural  resources  resource  depletion  finite  resources  Lake  Powell  Lake  Mead  USA  Consumerism  consumerist  zombie  consumer  status  symbol  status  anxiety  sustainability  sustainable 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Dürre: Kalifornien spart Wasser und bestraft Verschwender - SPIEGEL ONLINE
_ || "Some 40 million people – including those in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson and San Diego — and 4 million acres of farmland rely on water from the Colorado River Basin, much of it stored in Lake Mead. [...] “We don’t know exactly how much groundwater we have left, so we don’t know when we’re going to run out,” Castle said in a press release announcing the study. “This is a lot of water to lose. We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking.” [...] By focusing only on the drop in Lake Mead and paying too-little attention to the drop in water levels underground, we have placed the West’s water security in serious jeopardy." -
water  rights  California  Colorado  River  Colorado  River  Basin  Colorado  Basin  Lake  Mead  Lake  Powell  drought  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  USA  water  security  water  scarcity  water  supply  inefficiencies  marketplace  inefficiencies  marketplace  agriculture  industry  industrial  agriculture  agriculture  policy  Dust  Bowl  Aquifer  Groundwater  Las  Vegas  Ogallala  Aquifer  complexity  unknown  unknowns  unintended  consequences  Public  non-rechargeable  aquifers 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
Grundwasser-Verlust in USA droht Dürre-Folgen zu verschärfen - SPIEGEL ONLINE "New study finds groundwater supply to 40 million people in western states drying up much faster than predicted. Time for them to make the connection to food choice. Over 1 trillion gallons of water are used each year in California alone just to irrigate their 900,000 acres of alfalfa--all going to livestock.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Dürre in Kalifornien: Geldstrafen für Wasserverschwender - SPIEGEL ONLINE
+ Die anhaltende Dürre hat bereits deutliche Auswirkungen auf die Bauern in Kalifornien. Der Bundesstaat verfügt über die größten Anbauflächen in den USA. Landwirte mussten in diesem Jahr bereits mit rund einem Drittel weniger Wasser als üblich auskommen. Dies geht aus einem Bericht des Center for Watershed Sciences an der University of California, in Davis hervor. Die Forscher um Richard Howitt prognostizieren, dass die Dürre Kosten in Höhe von 2,2 Milliarden Dollar verursachen wird, über 17.000 Arbeitsplätze könnten verloren gehen. ++
drought  California  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  global  warming  climate  change  water  security  water  scarcity  water  supply  drinking  water  climate  science  climate  system  USA  Lake  Mead  Lake  Powell  food  security  food  prices  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  meltwater  Sierra  Nevada 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
State of Flux
Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico Left: June 1994 - 89% full. Right: July 2013 - only 3% left thanks to drought. Elephant Butte is New Mexico's largest reservoir. It provides water for about 90,000 acres of farmland and nearly half the population of El Paso, Texas. If that doesn’t make you stop and take notice, nothing will.
drought  California  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  climate  change  climate  science  Elephant  Butte  Texas  New  Mexico  Lake  Powell  Lake  Mead  Colorado  River  water  security  water  scarcity  water  supply  global  warming  unintended  consequences  unknown  unknowns  complexity  food  security  food  prices  food  poverty 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Dürre im Westen der USA: Stausee Lake Powell trocknet aus - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die aktuelle Dürre sei "beispiellos seit dem Beginn der verlässlichen Aufzeichnungen im Jahr 1895", heißt es im National Climate Assessment, dem offiziellen Klimabericht der US-Regierung, den Präsident Barack Obama Anfang Mai vorstellte. Er verheißt dem Südwesten Ungemach: Das Wasser schwinde weiter, es fehle in Städten, Agrarlandschaften, Ökosystemen, Waldbrände häuften sich. Und das könnte erst der Anfang sein: Wissenschaftler befürchten, dass die Region in frühere Zeiten zurückfallen könnte. Baumring-Analysen haben ergeben, dass das 20. Jahrhundert die niederschlagreichste Periode der vergangenen 1200 Jahre war. Zuvor war es im Westen der USA deutlich trockener als heute. Eine Studie etwa hat gezeigt, dass zwischen den Jahren 850 und 1300 gleich zwei Megadürren herrschten - jede für sich fast 200 Jahre lang. Die größte Befürchtung der Experten ist, das Klima könne nun wieder zu derartigen Verhältnissen zurückkehren.
California  Nevada  Arizona  New  Mexico  Pheonix  Texas  Las  Vegas  drought  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  climate  change  climate  science  weather  system  global  warming  Lake  Mead  Colorado  River  Lake  Powell  USA  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  Public  water  security  drinking  water  water  scarcity  water  supply  2014  Wildfire  Los  Angeles  San  Francisco  Silicon  Valley  food  security  food  prices  food  poverty  San  Diego 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Draper University & Tim Draper's state of California | Launch Festival 2014 - YouTube
California is 50th in tersm of edu cost (too expensive), California spends 3% of their rev on infrastructure investments. ... It has to be really bad that they see as only solution to make it smaller. make 6. The only good thing that has CA going is the weather and that can have unintended consequences as well - extreme weather events, droughts, wildfires, flashfloods, ... + + + ||| +++ -- BOOK ! 'The race for reinvention' ""The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State"" - - IN THEIR new book, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge explain why the state faces a historic juncture
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Report: San Francisco has worse income inequality than Rwanda | PandoDaily
It’s not difficult to see evidence of income disparity in San Francisco. The headquarters of Twitter, now valued at around $20 billion, looms massively over a neighborhood plagued by homelessness, drug addiction, and prostitution. Median rents continue to hit record highs, and despite the wealth that continues to pour into San Francisco thanks to the tech boom, the number of homeless individuals has remained more-or-less the same since 2005. The gap between rich and poor is widening across the country, but according to a new study, San Francisco income inequality was found to be not only above the US national average – it was even slightly worse than that of Rwanda, which is among the most unequal countries in the world. +++ See "Gender (+ Race) + Class" paragraph.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
This isn't even the start of the wildfire season, high tide of the wild fire season is August/September. ... If this is an omen of what is to come in future years. HF & GL Californians. #qualityoflife - + 125000 people told to leave homes. ... - The blaze, known as the Cocos fire, is one of nine different fires that have been plaguing San Diego County over the past three days. + +
California  Wildfire  drought  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  global  warming  San  Diego  climate  change  climate  science  weather  system  jet  stream 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
'This is extreme': Wildfires strike early, hard in Southern California -
Spate of fires causes concerns around region Wildfires aren't typically a problem in California until the summer, when things get even hotter and dryer. But San Diego County got an unwanted early start Tuesday, when the Bernardo Fire broke out. At one point, that blaze prompted some 5,000 evacuation notices to be issued, though people were allowed back not long thereafter. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the county late Wednesday. As Carlsbad police Capt. Paul Mendes said, "This is May. This is unbelievable." Throughout the region, though, the situation only deteriorated. Steady winds and high temperatures -- including daily record highs between 93 in San Diego and 99 in El Cajon, according to the National Weather Service -- certainly didn't help. "This is extreme. This has gone from dry conditions to volatile conditions," said one firefighter in Carlsbad, after using a torch to ignite backfire. "This isn't something we don't normally see until November or September.
California  Wildfire  drought  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  2014  global  warming  climate  change  climate  science 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Missing snowpack in the West - The Washington Post
In a Feb. 24 Oval Office meeting, two of President Obama’s top climate advisers presented these sharply-contrasting images of California’s snowpack on Jan. 13, 2013 and a year later, as a way to underscore how global warming is changing conditions on the ground in the United States. Move the slider bar left or right to compare the two images. Read related article.
drought  California  USA  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  climate  change  climate  science  global  warming  Wildfire  unknown  unknowns  unintended  consequences  complexity  food  security  food  prices  food  poverty 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
New White House report: Climate change is here and action needed now -
+ U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods || + Nine maps that show how climate change is already affecting the US >> 1) Most of the country is getting hotter + 2) The heaviest storms are getting wetter + 4) The Southeast is getting more 95°F days + 5) Snowpack is dwindling in the Southwest — putting water supplies at risk ++ ( Wine grapes, nuts, and other perennial California crops will be hard-hit. [...] And even if they can get enough water, heat stress and other climate effects will likely knock down yields of some crops. )
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Hedge Fund Boss: "We Are Witnessing Our Second Tech Bubble"
+ "There are hundreds more examples of big companies spending eye-watering sums for acquisitions, firms going public at fat valuations, tech stocks reaching high highs and venture-capital firms tossing money at start-ups. That’s not to mention the cultural afterbirth of all that cash, from the medieval-themed weddings to the office ball pits. (If HBO sees fit to satirize your corner of the economy, things have probably gone a bit weird.) Meanwhile, the rest of the country slouches along, unemployment high, wages stagnant, credit tight. But Silicon Valley feels like a foam party." [...] “Valuations are at extreme levels because you cannot get a decent return on your money doing anything else,”
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
Erdbeben-Serie in Los Angeles: Kalifornien fürchtet "The Big One" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Chile had 2 big ones just recently - + + The answer is a resounding no, according to George Priest, a geologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, and numerous other Oregon and Washington scientists. Increases or decreases in earthquake activity are all part of normal fluctuations, they said. "This was not an unusual event," Priest said. "We have lots of 4s and magnitude 4.5s in the region, but maybe not there at that spot (in Sherwood). There is no evidence that these earthquakes mean anything for the future."
California  Earthquake  Chile  San  Andreas  Fault  2014  The  Big  One 
april 2014 by asterisk2a
How Much Climate-Change Denial Can the Market Bear? | VICE News
Market analysts anticipated none of these because their focus is the economy, NOT the environment. Those guys are looking to make money, while scientists are overwhelmingly in agreement that not only is global warming happening, but that the worst is yet to come.
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
HBO VICE: The World Is Sinking - YouTube
currently there is no plan b, bc there is no planet b. how do you adapt to rapid change. Hurricane Sandy - was only a tropical storm, 13ft storm surge "Climate Change is here." Storm Surge - 2013/14 UK has been a victim too. >> Climate change deniers are sponsored and supported by the lobby of the Fossil fuel industry. Fossil fuel industry is the strongest most powerful political lobby industry in history, followed by Wall Street and big Pharma. *Christian Parenti // Koch Industries - Koch Brothers have huge interest in keeping the petrochemical industries they own, running. Thus fund climate change denier campaigns massively. + + +
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
23 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When You Move To NYC "For most Americans, “commute” refers to the physical act of traveling to and from work. In L.A., it refers to the soul-sucking, morale-crushing physical act of traveling to and from work."
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Siemens in Kalifornien: Konzern will Hochgeschwindigkeitszug bauen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Präzedenzfall für eine Nation, deren bröckelnde Infrastruktur den Ansprüchen des 21. Jahrhunderts längst nicht mehr standhält. US-Präsident Barack Obama steht dahinter, sein bahnbegeisterter Vize Joe Biden sowieso. Gouverneur Jerry Brown und seine Demokraten im Landesparlament haben den Weg gebahnt. Der Spatenstich für das 68-Milliarden-Dollar-Vorhaben ist für Ende 2014 avisiert, die ersten Züge sollen 2022 fahren. "In 50 Jahren", glaubt Kick, "wird Kalifornien ohne Highspeed-Strecken undenkbar sein." Es bleibt wohl auch keine andere Möglichkeit. Der US-Staat erstickt am eigenen Wachstum: Die Einwohnerzahl wird bis 2030 von 38 auf 60 Millionen ansteigen. Die übliche Flickschusterei - mehr Autos, mehr Autobahnen, mehr Flüge - reicht schon lange nicht mehr aus.
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
'Science Guy' Bill Nye Debates Lawmaker on Climate Change - NBC
California (West Coast) is suffering Drought and Fires. East Coast and Lake Area is suffering its 2nd Polar Vortex. UK has wettest start into the new Year since records 250 years began. And the Republican Congress women cites a cost-benefit-analysis.
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february 2014 by asterisk2a
Hidden House Coffee
in the heart of old San Juan Capistrano, California. >>
California  travel  advice  vacation  citybreak 
july 2013 by asterisk2a
Guest Post: The Coming Water Wars | Zero Hedge
Way before people run out of drinking water, something else happens: When Lake Mead falls below 1,050 feet, the Hoover Dam's turbines shut down – less than four years from now, if the current trend holds – and in Vegas the lights start going out. What Doesn't Stay in Vegas Ominously, these water woes are not confined to Las Vegas. Under contracts signed by President Obama in December 2011, Nevada gets only 23.37% of the electricity generated by the Hoover Dam. The other top recipients: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (28.53%); state of Arizona (18.95%); city of Los Angeles (15.42%); and Southern California Edison (5.54%). [...] Industrial cultivation is extremely water intensive, with 80% of most US states' water usage going to agriculture – and in some, it's as high as 90%.
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february 2013 by asterisk2a
Payback Time - Budget in the Red, Illinois Has Stopped Paying Bills -
He picks the papers off his desk and points to a figure in red: $5.01 billion.

“This is what the state owes right now to schools, rehabilitation centers, child care, the state university — and it’s getting worse every single day,” he says in his downtown office.

Mr. Hynes shakes his head. “This is not some esoteric budget issue; we are not paying bills for absolutely essential services,”

For the last few years, California stood more or less unchallenged as a symbol of the fiscal collapse of states during the recession. Now Illinois has shouldered to the fore, as its dysfunctional political class refuses to pay the state’s bills and refuses to take the painful steps — cuts and tax increases — to close a deficit of at least $12 billion, equal to nearly half the state’s budget.

Then there is the spectacularly mismanaged pension system, which is at least 50 percent underfunded and, analysts warn, could push Illinois into insolvency if the economy fails to pick up.
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july 2010 by asterisk2a
Editorial - America’s Uncertain Recovery -
intractable unemployment, currently 9.9 percent, or 15.3 million people, nearly half of whom have been jobless for more than six months. Even if last month’s strong job growth is sustained — a big if — it would take five years to get back to a more tolerable unemployment rate of 5 percent.

state budgets are collapsing, with governments facing a collective budget hole of $112 billion in the fiscal year that starts for most of them on July 1. Closing the gaps will mean tax increases and spending cuts, which will provoke more layoffs, both among public employees and businesses that contract with state and local gov

more house price declines are likely, foreclosures distressed homes sales. small business credit will continue to be tight, as potentially hundreds of small banks fail, most of them weakened by souring loans on commercial real estate. FDIC - 775 banks were on its watch list

Any one of those issues would be worrying. Collectively, they constitute an emergency.
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june 2010 by asterisk2a
Rick Bookstaber: The Municipal Market
Once a few municipalities default, there is a risk of a widespread cascade in defaults because the opprobrium will be lessened, all the more so if the defaults are spurred along by a taxpayer revolt – democracy at work.
municibal  bonds  government  economy  default  recession  2010  greatrecession  recovery  california  newyork 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
California Pushes for Federal Help -
The state has a fairly good chance of receiving additional federal assistance, especially from what remains in the stimulus package, said Barbara O'Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at California State University, Sacramento. California has "a fairly persuasive case as to why we deserve it now," she said.

Arturo Perez, a fiscal analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures, said states' requests for waivers on federally mandated spending are common, especially when states face budget deficits. Federal departments usually handle the requests; some are approved, though many are denied, Mr. Perez said.

The governor once dubbed himself the "Collectinator" for his efforts to get more federal money. He has made his case to President Barack Obama and cabinet secretaries this year. "You can expect even more of that this coming year," Mr. McLear said.
california  recession  2010  2011  budget 
january 2010 by asterisk2a
El Centro in Kalifornien: Sonne, Sonne, nichts als Sonne - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wirtschaft
Die größten Hoffnungen setzt Crouchman aber in das Zentrum für erneuerbare Energien, das Investoren bei der Verwirklichung grüner Projekte zur Seite steht. Das Imperial County rühmt sich, die einzige Region der USA zu sein, wo Energie aus Wind, Sonne, Biomasse und Erdwärme gewonnen werden kann. Bei der Eröffnung des Zentrums im Mai sagte ein Vertreter der Stadt, El Centro habe das Zeug zur "nationalen Hauptstadt der erneuerbaren Energien" - ein Titel, den die Menschen hier jenem der Arbeitslosen-Hauptstadt vorziehen. Kommendes Jahr soll mit den Bauarbeiten für den Sunrise Powerlink begonnen werden, der San Diego künftig mit bis zu tausend Megawatt Ökostrom beliefern soll.
california  solar  energy  renewable  usa  stimulus 
december 2009 by asterisk2a
Will California become America's first failed state? | World news | The Observer
Los Angeles, 2009: California may be the eighth largest economy in the world, but its state government is issuing IOUs, unemployment is at its highest in 70 years, and teachers are on hunger strike. So what has gone so catastrophically wrong?
california  economy  economics  recession  USA  government 
october 2009 by asterisk2a

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