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Breaking: California Farmers Agree to Water Cuts 23.5.2015 Mother Jones
As California endures its fourth year of grueling drought, officials are getting more serious about mandatory water cuts. Gov. Jerry Brown imposed the state's first-ever water restrictions last month , ordering cities and towns to cut water by 25 percent. But the vast majority of water in California goes not to homes and businesses but to farms, which so far have suffered minimal cuts. Today, the state's Water Board approved a deal with farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in which some farmers will voluntarily reduce water use by 25 percent in exchange for assurances that they won't suffer reductions later in the growing season. "We're in a drought unprecedented in our times," said Board Chair Felicia Marcus. "The action we're announcing today is definitely unusual, but we are in unusual times." Here's a primer on how farms are using water now, who holds rights to it, and what restrictions may come next. How much water do California farms use? Farms consume about 80 percent of the state's ...
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Apps help turn water guzzlers into sippers 23.5.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
A handful of apps can help you learn more about water usage and how you might change your practices, especially in a time of drought conditions.
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Immigrant Couple, Including Husband Who Fled Nazis, Leaves Estate To 'America' 23.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A married couple from Seattle, including a husband who had fled Nazi persecution, made it their last wish that Uncle Sam inherit their entire estate. In identical wills, immigrants Peter and Joan Petrasek, who had no known relatives, left all of their money and assets to " the government of the United States of America ," ABC News reported on Thursday. Last month, a cashier check totaling $847,215.57 was made out to the Department of the Treasury. Joan died in 1998 at age 79 from breast cancer. Peter lived another 14 years, dying in 2012 at age 85. It took a lawyer a few years to fulfill the couple's request of donating their estate to the government. "[Peter Petrasek] wanted to make a statement about how much it meant to him to be an American citizen," said Peter Winn , an assistant U.S. attorney who handled the couple's donation. The government deposited the money into its general fund. It was a winding path that led the couple to each other and ultimately to the Pacific Northwest. Peter was born in ...
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Destroying What Remains 22.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Is Your Balance Sheet An Effective Management Tool For Today And Tomorrow? 22.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Water challenges, climate change, and other such issues are changing the business operating context like nothing we've ever seen before. Future-oriented companies are beginning to consider and account for impacts - with the plan of out-competing laggards to this change in context and business measures. By Sissel Waage and David Myers This article originally appeared on Ecosystem Marketplace. Click here to read the original. 22 May 2015 | CFOs and accountants should be bracing themselves for shake-ups in the coming years – Sarbanes-Oxley type shake-ups, but orders of magnitude more complex, in part because the dynamics of these bubbling changes are more diverse, more widespread, and less well-tracked by the average CFO and accounting team than were the accounting issues that Sarbanes-Oxley addressed. But they’re not hidden. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been highlighting them for decades, and the Carbon Tracker Initiative crystallized them in 2013 for fund managers when it ...
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Who are the first victims of climate change? 22.5.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Climate change is all about degrees.
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Why the Boy Scouts can do no right politically 22.5.2015 Washington Post
“We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it would be,” Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates announced to an auditorium full of scouting officials and volunteers Thursday. “The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.”Read full article ...
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Enter the Twilight Zone, Home to Earth’s Strangest Reefs 22.5.2015 Wired Top Stories
So-called deep reefs operate with little light or, if waters grow murky, no light at all. Yet they still ...
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Devastating Photos Show How An Oil Spill Consumed Santa Barbara's Coastline 22.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Animals and marine life are washing up on Santa Barbara's shores after a ruptured underground pipeline leaked an estimated total of 105,000 gallons of crude oil on Tuesday -- 21,000 gallons of which ended up in the ocean. Shayne Tuthill, a local resident who was cleaning up a section of the coastline with a group of volunteers, told The Huffington Post that he saw oiled fish, squid, and even a seal and a pelican that appeared to be dying on the beach. "It was really sad to see the seal because it came to shore and couldn't breathe or swim," he said. "The pelican was alive at one point. It landed, but it was consumed by the oil ... and died." Official cleanup crews supervised by the U.S. Coast Guard have spent the past three days working on the beach. Wildlife officials say they've counted at least five oiled brown pelicans . As of Thursday evening, more than 8,300 gallons of oily water had been collected , according to the Los Angeles Times, but Coast Guard officials say it could take months to restore ...
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What became of jet-set playgrounds 22.5.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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Review: Cozoy Astrapi 22.5.2015 Wired Top Stories
Attaching a digital-to-analog converter to your mobile phone makes your music sound better. Here's a great-sounding option from China that is, by audiophile standards, relatively ...
'White Helmets' race to save lives 22.5.2015 CNN: Top Stories
In the last five years, life expectancy has dropped by nearly 20 years in Syria. It is an astonishing figure.
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Curtain rises Saturday on $100 million Riverwalk extension 22.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The first two blocks of the Chicago Riverwalk's $100 million extension are set to open Saturday, raising the curtain on an urban playground of kayaks, Tiki bar cocktails and floating concert ...
Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights 22.5.2015 LA Times: Environment
In the 1976-77 drought, the state ordered growers with some of the oldest water rights in California to stop pumping from many rivers and streams. Now, in a sign of the spreading pain of another punishing drought, regulators are preparing to do the same thing.
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Climate Change and Rights Talk 22.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Where does talk about rights get you? A climate talk I listened to last week began from a familiar starting point in arguing for the obligations of the Developed World to the rest: rights. Citing the Declaration of Human Rights, the claim was that humans have a right to life, liberty and justice, but also food security, housing, economic well being and ...the contrast here is between what philosophers call negative rights and positive rights. Negative rights arise out of what are sometimes called duties of non-interference. I have a duty not to interfere with your freedom of speech for example. Positive rights are duties I have to do things for you -- like a duty to provide you with food. Philosophy is pretty good at generating an account of negative rights. One way to do that is to start with the idea that the benefits of cooperative living bring us into inevitable conflict with each other as we live cheek by jowl. It is in all of our interests to limit the kinds of interferences that can arise under ...
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How Santa Barbara compares to other U.S. oil spills 22.5.2015 CNN: Top Stories
The Santa Barbara oil spill has environmentalists and California officials scrambling as an estimated 105,000 gallons of oil may have spilled into the Pacific Ocean and onto the Golden State's coast.
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Plastic Pollution: A Social Justice Perspective 21.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Plastic Pollution Movement is very new. The problem developed within our lifetimes with the explosion of single use plastics thanks to mankind's acceptance of a fossil fuel based economy and increasingly disruptive extraction methods for petroleum and natural gas such as fracking, off shore drilling, and tar sands extraction that have produced a glut of petrochemicals we have used for both energy and products that harm our climate, wildlife, oceans, food chain and poison us. I am a child of activists, it's in my blood, and this gives me hope that through education we are producing a whole new generation of environmental and health activists to carry on the mission after us. My parents were civil rights activists. They attended Duke University for graduate school in 1960's and were horrified to come face-to-face with segregation. They organized to desegregate Durham. For a time, I thought Civil Rights was my calling as well, but I've always been an avid nature lover, and when I discovered about ...
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Destroying What Remains 21.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com [This essay is a joint TomDispatch / Truthout  report.]  I lived in Anchorage for 10 years and spent much of that time climbing in and on the spine of the state, the Alaska Range. Three times I stood atop the mountain the Athabaskans call Denali, "the great one." During that decade, I mountaineered for more than half a year on that magnificent state’s highest peaks.  It was there that I took in my own insignificance while living amid rock and ice, sleeping atop glaciers that creaked and moaned as they slowly ground their way toward lower elevations. Alaska contains the  largest coastal mountain range  in the world and the highest peak in North America. It has more coastline than the entire contiguous 48 states combined and is big enough to hold the state of Texas two and a half times over. It has the largest population of bald eagles in the country. It has 430 kinds of birds along with the brown bear, the largest carnivorous land mammal in the world, and ...
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Sgt. James Brown, 26, Survived Two Tours in Iraq Only to Die Begging for His Life in Texas Jail 21.5.2015 Truthout.com
Newly released video has revealed the dying moments of an African-American active-duty soldier who checked himself into the El Paso, Texas, county jail for a two-day sentence for driving under the influence, and died while in custody in 2012. Authorities claimed Sgt. James Brown died due to a pre-existing medical condition, but shocking new video from inside the jail raises new questions about what happened. The video shows guards swarming on top of him as he repeatedly says he can't breathe and appears not to resist. By the end of the video, he is shown naked, not blinking or responding, his breathing shallow. Attorneys say an ambulance was never called. Brown was eventually brought to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His family had long suspected foul play in his death but received little information from authorities. They've now filed a lawsuit against El Paso County saying his constitutional rights were violated. We are joined by Brown's mother, Dinetta Scott. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush ...
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Destroying What Remains: How the US Navy Plans to War Game the Arctic 21.5.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The USS Cowpens launches a Harpoon Missile from the aft missile deck as part of a live fire excercise, September 12, 2012. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/US Navy ; Edited: JR/TO) In Iraq in wartime, I saw what the US military was capable of in a distant ravaged land. In June, I'll see what that military is capable of in what still passes for peacetime and close to home indeed. As I sit at my desk writing this story on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, the roar of Navy jets periodically rumbles in from across Puget Sound where a massive naval air station is located. I can't help but wonder whether, years from now, I'll still be writing pieces with titles like "Destroying What Remains," as the Navy continues its war-gaming in an ice-free summer Arctic.  The USS Cowpens launches a Harpoon Missile from the aft missile deck as part of a live fire excercise, September 12, 2012. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/US Navy ; Edited: JR/TO) Want to challenge ...
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