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California looks to restore floodplains, to protect communities from impacts of climate change

Water is the lifeblood of agriculture But as climate change brings more extreme weather, farming towns in the Central Valley face increasing risks from both drought and flooding. An innovative solution is scaling up with new state investments.

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Central Valley farmers are having a climate reckoning

One of California's thirstiest, Trumpiest water districts is going through a political transformation.
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How California’s drought upended a powerful farming district

For years, Westlands Water District fought for endless supplies of water — until the water started running out.

California drought conditions force residents to rely on bottled water
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California drought conditions force residents to rely on bottled water

California's water wells are running dry at a record pace amid a hotter, drier climate and severe drought, leaving some to rely on bottled water to live.
How California’s bullet train went off the rails

How California’s bullet train went off the rails

America’s first experiment with high-speed rail has become a multi-billion-dollar nightmare. Political compromises created a project so expensive that almost no one knows how it can be built as originally envisioned.
For one historically Black California town, a century of water access denied

For one historically Black California town, a century of water access denied

As the Central Valley became an agricultural powerhouse, Black migrants flocked to it for a piece of the California dream. But more established local farmers, almost all of whom were white, sought to control as much of the state’s water as possible.

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Vanessa Suarez: Central Valley has potential to trap carbon underground

The holidays are in full swing, and as we reflect on 2021, we must acknowledge overwhelming climate impacts experienced by California communities.

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