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When Did Humans Start Shaping Earth's Fate? An Epoch Debate

Some scientists suggest calling the era we live in the Anthropocene, to denote the time when humans came to dominate Earth's fate. But did it start with farming, the atom bomb or another event?

Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

During its last major drought, Santa Barbara built a desalination plant. It was never used. Now it's being reopened, but critics say desalination is costly, energy-intensive and may harm marine life.

Coping With California's Drought

In a week when Governor Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions, NPR's Arun Rath talks with reporter Kirk Siegler about his visit to the Sierra Nevada mountains, where the snowpack so vital to the state water supply is dramatically absent.

California's Ongoing Drought Hits Water Recreation Businesses

California's ongoing drought isn't just hurting the pocketbooks of farmers. Rafting companies, ski areas and other businesses and towns that depend on water for recreation are also being hit hard.
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Less-Stringent Fracking Bill Could Pass In Maryland Senate

One controversial proposal in the Maryland General Assembly is moving forward much to the delight of ralliers today, while another is done for this year.

California Water Experts Explore How To 'Live With' Long-Term Drought

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Doug Parker, director of the California Institute for Water Resources at the University of California, about longer-term measures California can use to fight drought.

California Governor Announces First Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions Wednesday. The move coincides with new figures that show snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is at a historic low.

Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallow fields and emergency water measures.

Minimal Sierra Nevada Snowpack Will Not Ease California's Drought

The latest figures on the California drought are expected to be released on Wednesday. The state's snowpack, a major source of water for the rest of the year, is at the lowest level on record.

U.S. Announces Target To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The White House proposal will be submitted at the next big climate meeting in Paris this December. It marks the beginning of a worldwide plan for countries to combat climate change.