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A spider has made this dry faucet home.
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Article July 9, 2015

3 Things That Won’t Solve California’s Drought

A handful of new products purport to help ease the drought, but do their claims hold water?

Boat docks at the Browns Ravine Cove sit on dry earth at Folsom Lake on May 10, 2021, in El Dorado Hills, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency in 41 of the state's 58 counties, about 30% of the state's population. Folsom Lake is at 38% of normal capacity.
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feature July 19, 2023

How Climate Change Is Fueling Extreme Weather

Carbon pollution is contributing to climate disasters that will only get worse unless we take action.

Even with an approaching El Niño, Californians shouldn’t lose sight of long-term water management goals, since climate change can intensify heat, evaporation and dry weather.
(Zacarias Pereira da Mata/Shutterstock)
Article August 27, 2015

Study Finds Climate Change Amps Up Drought

Even with an approaching El Niño, Californians shouldn’t lose sight of long-term water management goals, since climate change can intensify heat, evaporation and dry weather.

An aqueduct carrying water from the northern California Bay Delta through the state's arid Central Valley.
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Article July 16, 2015

New House Bill Blames Historic California Drought on Endangered Fish

A bill being considered in the House of Representatives places blame for the lack of water in California on protections for salmon and other imperiled species, such as the delta smelt. The reality is that an historic drought—not environmental protections—is causing water shortages in the West.

The mainstem of the Klamath River. The Klamath flows through Oregon and northern California.
(U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
Press Release: Victory October 2, 2017

Judge Denies Irrigators Special Treatment, Millions in Drought Payments

Court denies Klamath agribusiness interests $30 million years after 2001 drought

Drought conditions are threatening Emigrant Lake in Ashland, Oregon.
(Al Case/Flickr)
Article May 28, 2015

Thirsty Thursdays: Drought News Roundup

Thirsty Thursdays is our bimonthly blog series exploring the historic drought in the western United States.

California agriculture uses about 80 percent of the state’s developed water supply.
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Article July 30, 2015

It’s Time to Be Drought Intolerant

Want to help the drought? Draw a bath, call your senator, and let your worries soak away.

Some of the finest wines and olive oils in the world have been created with dry farmed crops, a practice with a long history in the dry Mediterranean region.
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Article August 13, 2015

Real Sustainability: Dry Farming in a Drought

Some of the tastiest apples, walnuts, and wine grapes come from farmers doing something radically different—they’ve stopped watering their plants.

The San Joaquin and Sacramento River Delta ecosystem is threatened by drought and competing water management interests.
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Article June 1, 2015

Fish Flailing Amid California Drought

Poor water management during California’s drought is pushing multiple fish species to the brink of extinction.

A severe and extended drought in California has led regulators to enact various water restrictions across the state.
(Photo by Kevin Cortopassi (Flickr))
Article January 5, 2015

California Needs Solid Drought Solutions, Not Mindless Bills

Weakening key environmental protections in Congress won’t make it rain in California.

Shasta Dam, above, has lost at least a third of its generating capacity due to California's drought.
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Article August 6, 2015

Drought Drains California’s Energy Grid

California’s drought is draining the state’s reservoirs and preventing hydropower from feeding the state’s energy grid, creating an opportunity for cleaner energy sources to take its place.

Youth plaintiffs gather before the start of the Navahine F. v. the Hawai'i Department of Transportation hearing at the First Circuit Environmental Court in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, on January 26, 2023. Pictured left to right: Ka’ōnohi P.-G., 16, Kawahine‘Ilikea N., 13, Taliya N., 15, Navahine F., 15, Mesina D.-R., 15, Kalā W., 19, Rylee K., 15, and Kawena F., 10. (Elyse Butler for Earthjustice)
feature August 14, 2023

How Hawai‘i’s Youth Advocates are Fighting for Hawai‘i’s Future

As the climate crisis threatens their land, food, and traditions, 14 youth advocates took the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation to court to spur climate action.

Volunteers with King's Cathedral Maui unload donations of blankets and supplies on August 10, 2023 in Kahului, Hawaiʻi. Dozens of people were killed and thousands displaced after a wind-driven wildfire devastated the town of Lahaina on Tuesday. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Article August 14, 2023

Ways to Support Maui After the Wildfires

Earthjustice stands with our clients, partners, friends, and family in Hawaiʻi as emergency workers continue to search for survivors and assess the damage from this disaster.

Article April 7, 2014

What Has Been Causing These Historic Droughts?

The Showtime series explores links between climate change, drought and war.

The nearly-empty Uvas Reservoir in California's Santa Clara County on February 1, 2014.
(Photo courtesy of Ian Abbott)
Press Release July 16, 2015

House Passes Bill That Would Unravel Environmental Protections in Drought-Stricken California

Bill eliminates safeguards for salmon while siphoning water to small group of commercial farms

Foregoing science, Sen. Session relies on opinion.
(Andrey Emelyanenko / Shutterstock)
Article March 6, 2014

Climate Denier Parched for Lack of Facts About Drought

Science be damned! Senator Session relies on opinion.

Hazy air covers an active drilling field in California. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release July 20, 2023

Environmental Groups React to New BLM Rules for Oil and Gas Leasing on Federal Lands

Bureau of Land Management revisits oil and gas leasing system for first time in decades

Monarch butterfly numbers have rebounded miraculously this year, leaving scientists and butterfly admirers alike wondering if it’s just a fluke or if the monarchs are adapting to their historic route’s changing landscape.
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Article April 11, 2016

Come Snow and Drought, Monarch Butterflies Fly On

Monarch butterfly numbers have rebounded miraculously this year, leaving scientists and butterfly admirers alike wondering if it’s just a fluke or if the monarchs are adapting to their historic route’s changing landscape.