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California Drought News: Silicon Valley largely ignores drought research, GHG reduction plan gets mixed reception, more

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  • Despite Silicon Valley's position as a global tech capital, little if any research is being done there on technological advances in water conservation and supply management. CNN's Heather Kelly explains why:

Surprisingly, given its California location, Silicon Valley isn't a hotbed of drought and water research. Most local investors and venture capitalists aren't looking to invest in something that will take at least 10 years to pay off. They want software, cheap-to-make mobile apps that gather and monetize data about people, and consumer goods like phones, smart watches and futuristic thermostats. (CNN)

  • EPA head gets mixed reception while pitching greenhouse gas reduction plans to Western governors. (AP)
  • Summer arrives early to Sacramento. (Sacramento Bee)
  • Central Valley supervisors pass groundwater management plan with no limits on new wells or groundwater pumping. (Modesto Bee)

 

 

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