Along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years, the federal government reported Monday.

California water agencies with mandatory water conservation rules in place were far more likely to reduce water conservation, according to data gathered by the state. The numers also show that Northern California cities have done a better job conserving water so far this year than their neighbors in the south.
The ocean shines in the distance at the Los Angeles International Airport. As airplanes roar on takeoff, a stretch of sand dunes on the property is alive with activity. Butterfly watchers bend close to the ground as, suddenly, a rare flash of sapphire blue appears.
New photos from a remote camera confirm that a wolf known as OR7 has three pups, not just two. OR7 is the wolf who spent a year roaming California before returning just over the Oregon border to start a family with mysterious female wolf, whose origin is unknown.
America’s nuclear power industry needs to do a better job of planning for rare but catastrophic events such as the Fukushima disaster in Japan, according to a panel of scientists whom Congress ask to make recommendations for nuclear safety.
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Californians continue to strongly support their state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases – until they find out it involves higher gasoline prices, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
State and federal agencies on Tuesday released separate recovery plans for endangered Central Valley salmon and steelhead, aiming to restore habitat and water flows to prevent extinction of the species.
APTOPIX California Drought Water Fines
With California in a severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board ruled last week that some cases of water waste could be treated as criminal infractions.

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