Posts Tagged ‘ California ’

Removing Barriers to Reproductive Health

Oct 5th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York. Recent legislation in California is empowering women to make the best choices for themselves and their families, in terms of reproductive health. Though it seems as if our nation should have passed legislation easing access to reproductive health years ago, it’s nevertheless a positive path forward. As the saying goes, “better late
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How Much Longer Will We Take Water for Granted?

Mar 31st, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York. The poorest people in the world are paying the highest price for safe water, according to WaterAid’s report, Water: At What Cost? The State of the World’s Water 2016. Worldwide, some 650 million people in the world still do not have access to clean water and more than 2.3 billion do not
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When the Water Tap Runs Dry: Coping with Global Droughts

Mar 5th, 2015 | By
Reservoir in São Paulo [photo credit:Fernando Stankuns via Flickr Creative Commons]

By Suzanne York, In the U.S., almost all the weather news seems to be fixated on the snow storms back East.  Yet despite the cold and snow, more records for heat have been broken than for cold.  The winter of 2014-15 has been so warm across much of the West that more than 20
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Bottling Up Efforts to Conserve Precious Water?

Aug 14th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, Most Americans are probably aware that California and much of the U.S. Southwest is in the grips of a major drought.  And it’s likely that people know at least something about conserving water.  Take shorter showers, don’t wash your car, water your lawn at risk of $500 fines, etc. But a
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California’s Drinking Problem: The Urgency to Use Less Water

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, It’s certainly not unusual for temperatures to be hot this time of year, as summer is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere.  But things are getting really, really hot across the globe. Last month the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported that the period March-May was the hottest in more than 120
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Endangered Species Day: Changing the Way People View Wildlife

May 16th, 2014 | By
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Wildfires are already raging in southern California, as the state drought worsens.  The impact on residents will be great, but what about the ecosystem itself?  With May 16th designated as Endangered Species Day, what will be the fate of wildlife trying to cope in a world of climate extremes? According to a 2012 California Department
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We Can’t Say We Didn’t See It Coming

Jan 19th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, The governor of California has declared that the state is experiencing a drought emergency and is urging water rationing.  Governor Jerry Brown called it “perhaps the worst drought that California has ever seen since records (began) about 100 years ago.” This came shortly after the release of a MIT study this
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The Sweltering West: Water Scarcity and California’s Delta Boondoggle

Jul 2nd, 2013 | By
Waterways and farmlands of the California Delta [photo: CA Dept of Water Resources]

By Suzanne York, As the U.S. west and southwest endures extremely high temperatures and record-breaking drought, the issue of providing water to still growing cities and regions should be at the top of the agenda. Tuscon has sweltered through 100 degree temperatures the entire month of June.  Las Vegas hit 117 degrees, tying its
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Putting Women and Reproductive Rights on the Agenda in California

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, Last week, at the Women’s Policy Summit in Sacramento, promoting women’s issues took center stage for a day. An impressive array of California advocates, activists, legislators and others gathered for a conference dedicated to “Advancing Women’s Health, Wealth and Power”. One of the main themes of the day was healthcare –
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