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Climate Change/Energy

California’s Future

Major change at the federal level and increasing pressure from demographic and economic forces are pushing California into uncharted territory. Wide-ranging critical issues—our environment, our…

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California’s Future: Climate Change

Global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) are raising air and water temperatures as well as sea levels, with serious consequences for California. The state has…

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California’s Future: Water

Water management in California has always been challenging. The state’s variable climate is marked by long droughts and severe floods, with stark regional differences in…

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A New Approach to Accounting for Environmental Water: Insights from the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta

How water is apportioned to California’s cities, farms, and the environment can lead to conflict and competition in times of drought. Allocation of water to…

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Managing California’s Freshwater Ecosystems: Lessons from the 2012-16 Drought

The 2012–16 drought caused unprecedented stress to California’s ecosystems and pushed many native species to the brink of extinction. It also tested the laws, policies,…

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Priorities for California’s Water

This report summarizes issues that are front and center for managing California’s water supply and natural environment, and describes priorities for action.

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Dams in California

Dams play a crucial role in California’s water management. California relies heavily on nearly 1,500 reservoirs for managing water supply. The state’s dry summers and…

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Floods in California

California is a flood-prone state. Most of California is vulnerable to floods. Every county has been declared a flood disaster area multiple times. One in…

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