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El Nino may not be able to save California

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The Golden State issues statewide water restrictions as it prepares for the worst drought in its history

California has imposed statewide water-use regulations for the first time as its three-year drought worsens. Yesterday, state regulators approved stringent new measures limiting outdoor water, which include $500 fines for using an outdoor hose without a shut-off nozzle. Meanwhile, hopes that the drought would break by autumn have been tempered. The National Weather Service’s Climate......read more

In California, Brown is the New Green

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In a state plagued by water shortage, drought tolerant gardens make more sense than ever

In the arid American West, green grass lawns are as "natural" a part of the ecosystem as polar bears. Now California's drought is making well-watered lawns even less sensibles. Many homeowners are either replacing water-intensive grass with more suitable landscaping, or simply letting lawns turn brown. From The New York Times: With rainfall at below-normal levels for several years, and......read more

John Kerry Likens Climate Change to WMDs

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US Secretary of State is right about the 'fearsome' potential of global warming

NRDC's Susan Casey-Lefkowitz for the Huffington Post:  Secretary Kerry got it right when he identified climate change as one of the most urgent issues facing the world in a February 16 speech in Jakarta. Kerry got it right on the science, the urgency, and the opportunity to be found in clean energy solutions. He ranked climate change right up there with “terrorism, epidemics,......read more

Massive Wind Farm Planned in South Dakota

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State looks to build on its reputation as American wind energy leader

Best known for its mountain carvings of presidential faces, South Dakota is earning a new reputation as one of America's wind energy leaders. The prairie state is already home to nearly 500 turbines that collectively generate 784 megawatts of power, and now it's looking to double that capacity. A group of over 80 landowners are joining forces to build a one-gigawatt wind farm, to......read more

California Doubled Solar Production in 2013

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The Golden State continues to lead the country toward a clean energy future

Lydia O'Connor for the Huffington Post: California installed more megawatts of solar energy in 2013 than it did in the last 30 years combined, the California Solar Energy Industries Association reported. "It took California over 30 years to build 1,000 MW of rooftop solar, hitting that landmark in early 2013. Today, California is closing out the year with more than 2,000 MW of rooftop solar......read more

Interstate Sublime: Paintings by Timothy Tompkins

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California painter challenges traditional notions of landscape art

In the mid-19th century, a group of New York City landscape painters launched the first true American art movement. The artists of the Hudson River School, as they came to be known, were infused with Romantic notions about the sublimity of nature. Their rapturous, plein-air paintings of the "wilderness" to the north of the city came to symbolize American independence and vitality. In his 2005......read more

John Kerry to Pursue Climate Treaty

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US Secretary of State looks to lead establishment of global climate pact in 2015

No one can question John Kerry's ambition. Already in the process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons, crafting a nuclear agreement with Iran and brokering a peace deal between Israel and Palestine, the Secretary of State announced last week that he aims to pursue a global climate treaty in 2015. The New York Times reports: His goal is to become the lead broker of a global climate......read more

Amelia Bauer: Burned Over

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New York state forests appear lit by mysterious force

Amelia Bauer creates photographic and sculptural interventions that explore the American experience with the "wilds." For her Burned Over series, the Brooklyn-based artist ventured deep into the forests of central New York, where she used fireworks to light up the trees. The results are dramatic and eerie, depicting uncanny happenings in the natural world. "I worked with a small pyrotechnics......read more

States Make EV Pledge

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The governors of California, New York, and six other states join forces to put 3.3 million electric cars on the road by 2025

Citizens of eight U.S. states are going to start seeing a lot more electric vehicles on the road, thanks to a landmark agreement between governors this week. The agreement, signed by the governors of New York and California — along with Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont — calls for 3.3 million zero-emissions cars by 2025, up from the 165,000......read more

University Student Sues Alaska Over Climate Change

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College freshman Nelson Kanuk takes the state to court for not adequately addressing global warming

To witness first-hand the dramatic consequences of climate change, perhaps the best (or worst) place to go is Barrow, Alaska--the northernmost town in America. There, on Alaska's north coast, sea ice is thinning, permafrost is melting, river banks are eroding, warm water fish species are showing up in nets, and extreme coastal storms are forcing residents to move inland. Finding food has become a......read more

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