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BBC News – California declares drought as early wildfires rage

17 January 2014 Last updated at 19:08 ET

Governor Jerry Brown warned against the drought’s danger to make wildfires worse
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The governor of California has declared a state-wide drought, urging residents to conserve water in what could be the state’s driest year on record.

The declaration by Governor Jerry Brown also means farmers will receive aid and more firefighters will be employed.

Mr Brown faced pressure to declare the drought as the state’s largest reservoirs are at record low levels.

The dry conditions have been blamed for a wildfire that destroyed five homes north-east of Los Angeles on Thursday.

In a press conference on Friday, Mr Brown called on residents to cut back “at least 20%” on their water usage but said the move was voluntary.

“We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California’s drought now threatens,” Mr Brown said in a statement.

Receding water lines can be seen on waterways and reservoirs across the state

He added the declaration was a way to focus Californians on how serious the drought conditions were.

“We are in a unprecedented, very serious situation that people should pause and reflect on how dependent we are on the rain, nature and one other,” he said on CNN.

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Beware of the Military Industrial Complex!


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Published on Jan 17, 2014

Thom Hartmann shares clips from President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “Military Industrial Complex” speech.

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Senator Sherrod Brown on the Trans Pacific Partnership


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Published on Jan 17, 2014

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MITx: 12.340x: Global Warming Science | edX

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 Published on Oct 22, 2013

Global Warming Science
An introduction to the physics of the climate system and the basic science underpinning discussions of anthropogenic climate change.

Register for Global Warming Science from MITx at http://edx.org/courses.

ABOUT THIS COURSE
12.340x introduces the basic science underpinning our knowledge of the climate system, how climate has changed in the past, and how it may change in the future. The course focuses on the fundamental energy balance in the climate system, between incoming solar radiation and outgoing infrared radiation, and how this balance is affected by greenhouse gases. We will also discuss physical processes that shape the climate, such as atmospheric and oceanic convection and large-scale circulation, solar variability, orbital mechanics, and aerosols, as well as the evidence for past and present climate change. We will discuss climate models of varying degrees of complexity, and you will be able to run a model of a single column of the Earth’s atmosphere, which includes many of the important elements of simulating climate change. Together, this range of topics forms the scientific basis for our understanding of anthropogenic (human-influenced) climate change.

We will not cover issues regarding policy responses to climate change. Rather, Global Warming Science is designed to be a strictly scientific introduction to this important topic.

12.340x is geared toward students with some mathematical and scientific background, but does not require any prior knowledge of climate or atmospheric science. See the prerequisites section for more details.

Course Structure
The course will be divided into weekly sections which will be released sequentially. Each section will include a set of lecture videos and practice exercises that students will be expected to work through. Additional background readings may be assigned, all of which will be sourced from material freely available online. The course will be graded based on weekly online problem sets, as well as an online final exam.

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-12-340x-global-warming-science-1244

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EPA Head Unable to Defend President’s Warming Claims While Imposing Job-Crushing Climate Regs

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Published on Jan 16, 2014

In a hearing today on climate regulation, Senator Sessions pressed EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to support the President’s statements on warming which are used to justify massive proposed administrative actions which would hurt millions of workers. McCarthy proved unable and unwilling to support the President’s claims despite being the central figure crafting and implementing EPA regulations.

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Murrow vs. McCarthy


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Uploaded on Oct 7, 2008

From the CBC documentary series, “Dawn of the Eye.”

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Coal Industry’s Loss is Fracking Industry’s Gain


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Published on Jan 17, 2014

New EPA rules for power plants limiting carbon do nothing to limit other greenhouse gas emissions

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