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California Drought News: Clinton comes to town, but drought moves around

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Friday's drought news reminds us that we're all in this together.

  • Mayor Garcetti and former President Clinton talked one of my favorite subjects yesterday: infrastructure. The Clinton Climate Initiative came to town, and LA's mayor said his city needs to be more resilient: “We’ve had two earthquakes in the last month.” That surely applies to climate and drought related issues too. (LA Daily News, KPCC)
  • California's water problems aren't limited to drought, anyway. What we use every year is really close to the amount we can actually renew as a resource. So there's not a lot of room at the margins, says the World Resources Institute: (Next City)
According to WRI’s research, 66 percent of the state’s irrigated agriculture is facing “extremely high levels of baseline water stress,” meaning that 80 percent of the available water supply is already being tapped by users — including farms, homes, businesses, and energy producers. With usage like that, there’s no margin for dry spells.
  • And the problem of drought will be global within the century, say the authors of a new study published in Climate Dynamics. The team estimates global warming's impact changing rainfall and drying patterns using two benchmarks – the Palmer Drought Severity Index, commonly used to measure U.S. droughts, and the Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index. (Climate Dynamics)
About 12 percent of the planet will be susceptible to drought by 2100 through changes in precipitation patterns alone, the study found. That number rises to about 30 percent – an area that spans large parts of the western U.S., Europe and China – when evaporation rates are factored in. (Weather Channel)
  • One author suggests the problem starts close to home, in the human ability to negate its own perception of risk. Anne Taylor Fleming offers a meditation on the bad kind of "drought tolerance" - ours. "What a beautiful and spooky winter we had. The balmy days just kept coming, one after the other. Up we went into the 70s and 80s..." (Los Angeles Magazine)
  • For your Friday moment of zen, here's a pretty amazing picture of Governor Jerry Brown at a California Drought Conference - in 1977 - in the Framework blog. (LA Times/Framework)

And this week I'd like to thank two Californians for their unusual solutions to dry times - twitter users @SarahTilley21 and @RichardDJordan.

Guess which one of the Tweets o' the week I think is a great way to end drought in the comments below - and enjoy your weekend.

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