Imagine your house sinking 2 inches per month!! Drought in California is having that impact in valleys! #climate

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The valleys in California are sinking at truly unbelievable rates in response to massive drought and as groundwater is being pumped out. Some areas are sinking almost 2 inches per month!!!  More details at the NASA website.

As Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought, the California Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is sinking faster than ever before, nearly 2 inches (5 centimeters) per month in some locations.

California Governor signs strict school vaccination legislation! #Vaccines #SolvingProblems

California Governor Signs Strict School Vaccine Legislation

Brown, a Democrat, issued a signing statement just one day after lawmakers sent him the bill to strike California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations, a move that requires nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated. The bill takes effect next year.

“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown wrote. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”

California joins Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states with such strict requirements.

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California drought in pictures… and moving mountains #CauseScience

You have probably heard about the EPIC drought that is plaguing California and other states in the West. Daily Mail online has compiled a series of before and after pictures of lakes and reservoirs in California showing the truly unbelievable loss of water

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The result is a landscape transformed. Shocking before and after photos of California’s Folsom Lake and Lake Oroville reveal the undeniably shriveling effects of three years of little to no rain up and down the Golden State’s vital agricultural belt.

In addition to the super obvious disappearance of these bodies of water, the California drought is also drying out land with some unexpected consequences. Although harder to visualize, a recent paper in Science found that the mountains in California have risen noticeably as they have lost water. Less water in the soil = much less weight. Scientific American reports on the study.

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In fact, some parts of California’s mountains have been uplifted as much as 15 millimeters (about 0.6 inches) in the past 18 months because the massive amount of water lost in the drought is no longer weighing down the land, causing it to rise a bit like an uncoiled spring, a new study shows. For the first time, scientists are now able to measure how much surface and groundwater is lost during droughts by measuring how much the land rises as it dries.

Moment of Geek! Rachel Maddow video of ShakeAlert earthquake warning system during Napa Valley earthquake #science

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Rachel Maddow reported last night on an earthquake early warning system that helps provide a few life-saving seconds before the effects of an earthquake are felt. Below is a video of the warning system from the Berkeley Seismo Lab. Check out Rachel’s reporting and the below video to see how cool this system is, and the potential if it gets implemented.

 

You’ve GOAT to be kiddin’ me!

Science where you least expect it… A new way to prevent the brush fires that have been ravaging California: GOATS!

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Apparently goats like to eat the weeds and shrubs that are so prone to catching on fire.  Businessman/goat herder Ian Newsam discusses this new line of defense against the wild fires in California on the latest Science Friday.  Be sure to check out the GoatPro!

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