Quantcast

Must-See Video Shows Reality of California's Historic Drought

Climate

The Bay Foundation, part of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power′s (LADWP) Community Partnership Grant, put out a public service announcement promoting water conservation with a quick, humorous look at Los Angeles’s water supply.

This clever, one-minute video highlights the tough decisions Californians have to make with the Golden State in its fourth year of drought. A year after first declaring a state of emergency and urging Californians to voluntarily cut water use, Gov. Brown has issued the state's first-ever mandatory water restrictions ordering the State Water Resources Control Board to cut water use by 25 percent.

The April 1 snowpack assessment set a record for the lowest snowpack levels ever at 6 percent of normal (as a comparison, last year it was 24 percent of normal). In mid-March, NASA senior water scientist Jay Famiglietti warned that California "has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing.”

Watch the video here:

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

David Suzuki: Without Water We Die

Top 10 U.S. Cities Running Out of Water

Drought-Stricken California Exempts Big Oil and Big Ag from Mandatory Restrictions

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

Pexels

By Tim Lydon

Climate-related disasters are on the rise, and carbon emissions are soaring. Parents today face the unprecedented challenge of raising children somehow prepared for a planetary emergency that may last their lifetimes. Few guidebooks are on the shelves for this one, yet, but experts do have advice. And in a bit of happy news, it includes strategies already widely recognized as good for kids.

Read More
Pexels

Be it Nina Simone and James Brown for civil rights, Joni Mitchell and Marvin Gaye for the environment, or Jackson Browne and Buffalo Springfield for nuclear disarmament, musicians have long helped push social movements into the limelight.

Read More
Sponsored
Yulia Lisitsa / iStock / Getty Images Plus

By Brianna Elliott, RD

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body.

It is the major component of connective tissues that make up several body parts, including tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles.

Read More
Greenpeace activists unfurl banners after building a wood and card 'oil pipeline' outside the Canadian High Commission, Canada House, to protest against the Trudeau government's plans to build an oil pipeline in British Colombia on April 18, 2018 in London. Chris J Ratcliffe / Getty Images

By Jessica Corbett

In an open letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, 42 Nobel laureates implored the federal government to "act with the moral clarity required" to tackle the global climate crisis and stop Teck Resources' proposed Frontier tar sands mine.

Read More
Mapping Urban Heat through Portland State University / video

Concrete and asphalt absorb the sun's energy. So when a heat wave strikes, city neighborhoods with few trees and lots of black pavement can get hotter than other areas — a lot hotter.

Read More