California hosts congressional drought hearing

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A congressional committee met in Fresno on Wednesday, taking up California's drought crisis in the heart of the state's agricultural region.

The House Natural Resources Committee was greeted by hundreds of farmworkers concerned about water allotments outside Fresno City Hall ahead of the meeting.

The workers held signs that read, "Warning: No Water! No Food!" and, "Water -- the hub of life" and chanted, "Water, water!" in English and Spanish.

Cartel inside Kenya fueling rhino, poaching deaths

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A famed scientist and founding former chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service urged Kenya's president on Wednesday to invoke emergency measures to protect the country's elephants and rhinos from a poaching crisis sweeping Africa.

Richard Leakey also said the Kenya Wildlife Service has been infiltrated by powerful people enriching themselves off poaching. Kenya's poaching ring leaders are known, he said, but the government has taken no action. He did not give names.

Leakey, whose family has been investigating the origins of man for decades in Kenya's Turkana region, urged Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to overhaul management at the wildlife service.

Group retracing trek of wandering Oregon wolf OR-7

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Wildlife advocates are preparing to retrace the 1,200-mile path of a wandering wolf whose trek in 2011 across Oregon and California attracted worldwide attention, hoping their upcoming journey will help build greater acceptance of wolves as they reclaim lost territories across the West.

The wolf, dubbed OR-7 and wearing a GPS-equipped collar, became a celebrity at 2 years old after leaving a pack in northeastern Oregon in September 2011, just days after the state issued a kill order for his father and a sibling for preying on livestock.

Obama unleashing power of data on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations.

The White House on Wednesday announced an initiative to provide private companies and local governments better access to already public climate data. The idea is that with that localized data they can help the public understand the risks they face, especially in coastal areas where flooding is a big issue.

Longer wildflower season in Rockies down to climate change: Study

Los Angeles Times

Wildflowers now bloom in the Rocky Mountains from April to mid-September, a longer period that researchers writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences attribute to the effects of climate change, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Greenpeace activists occupy French nuclear plant

PARIS (AP) — Police have surrounded a nuclear plant in eastern France after more than 60 Greenpeace activists occupied it Tuesday to protest the nation's reliance on atomic power.

Activists hung a banner reading "Stop Risking Europe" next to one of the reactors at the Fessenheim plant near the German border. France's oldest nuclear plant, it has become a flashpoint for anti-nuclear campaigners who say it is unsafe and should have been closed long ago.ources.

Sea level rise could be worse than expected from Greenland melt: Scientists


Scientists, publishing in the journal Nature Climate Change, warn that sea level rise from global warning could be more dramatic than expected, as earlier projections did not fully account for rapid melting of the Greenland ice sheet, E&E reports.

French anticipating weather change will break Paris smog

PARIS (AP) — Paris imposed drastic measures Monday to combat its worst air pollution in years, banning around half of the city's cars and trucks from its streets for a day in an attempt to reduce the toxic smog that's shrouded the City of Light for more than a week.

Cars with even-numbered license plates were prohibited from driving in Paris and its suburbs. Around 700 police manned 179 control points around the region, handing out tickets to offenders. Taxis and commercial vehicles weren't covered by the ban.

Police had ticketed nearly 4,000 people by midday, and 27 drivers had their cars impounded for refusing to cooperate with officers.

Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pre-dawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin on Monday, rattling nerves and shaking buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but causing no major damage.

The 4.4-magnitude quake was centered 2 miles from Encino and 15 miles west-northwest of the downtown civic center, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS seismologist Robert Graves called it a "typical" Southern California quake and said expectations were that damage would be slight, if it occurred at all.

Increasingly fierce battles over water as drought bites out West

The New York Times

From California to Texas, legal and political fights over water rights are growing as the drought intensifies and development increases, The New York Times reports.


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