Earth Day: 40 years of imminent catastrophe

Four decades later, the world hasn’t come to an end. Most measures of human welfare show the Earth’s population is better off today than at any other time in human history. Life expectancy is increasing, per-capita income is rising, and the air we breathe and the water we drink are cleaner. And, of course, concerns about climate change have shifted from cooling to warming.

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Power: Hybrid Plants: Adding Desalination to Solar Hybrid and Fossil Plants

Shrinking water supplies will unquestionably constrain the development of future power plants. A hybrid system consisting of concentrated solar thermal power and desalination to produce water for a plant, integrated with a combined cycle or conventional steam plant, may be the simple solution.

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Calif. lawmakers reject hurdle for delta canal

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have allowed the Legislature to approve or deny plans for a canal to route water around the delta.

Democratic Assemblyman Jared Huffman of San Rafael says lawmakers don’t need new legislation giving them the authority to oversee such a large construction project.

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DWR OBSERVES WATER AWARENESS MONTH IN MAY

SACRAMENTO — The Department of Water Resources (DWR) reminds the public that May is “Water Awareness Month,” a time to appreciate and carefully use the water resources essential to California’s special quality of life.

“Water is vital to California’s people, animals, ecosystems and economy,” noted DWR Director Mark Cowin. “As warm weather and vacation season arrive, the need is greater than ever to use water wisely and practice water conservation.”

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Panelists Size Up Water Supply Through 2060

Since the state’s formation in 1850, water has been one of the signature issues in California.

Today, three San Diegans are part of a panel looking at water use in Southern California during the next 50 years. They are Ruben Barrales, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; John Lormon, a partner with Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP; and Julie Meier Wright, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

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Reviving San Francisco native creeks

Now, as part of an estimated $4 billion sewer upgrade, Islais Creek and other streams that last saw daylight more than a century ago could flow openly once again through neighborhoods of one of the country’s most densely built cities.

Such “daylighting” of urban creeks is being embraced in cities throughout the world.

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Rising waters mean rising worries on Yuba River

As snow from a strong Sierra Nevada winter starts its annual rush down the Yuba River, concerns about downstream safety are rising with the water level.

After performing six swimmer rescues and responding to one fatality at the river last year, Nevada County Consolidated Fire Chief Tim Fike wishes potential spring swimmers would heed his advice about the Yuba.

“Admire it from a distance,” Fike said.

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