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Almond industry looking for a new market?

Submitted: Aug 05, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “This research doesn’t respond directly to concerns about water consumption, but it does show that almond production in California has a light carbon footprint,” saidReid Lifset, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology,“Almond orchards can be a source of renewable energy and, as perennial crops, they store carbon during their life cycle — significantly offsetting carbon emissions in other stages of almond production.” -- Kevin Dennehy, Yale News, Aug. 4. 2015

 

This research was supported by a grant from the Almond Board of California and a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant. -- ucdavis.edu.

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The noise of kah-ching deafens the hacks to the sounds of the street

Submitted: Aug 03, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 The sound of its own failure has not yet drowned out the Plutocrats' Happy Noise: KAH-CHING! -- blj

 

 

The latest Gallop Poll on voter preference, from the second week of July, 2015, is 29% Republican, 42% Independent, and 28% Democrat.  http://www.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx

 

 

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It takes a lot of water to store a lot of data

Submitted: Aug 01, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

“People are still choosing to go with designs that are more water-intensive because of the cost of construction,” he says. -- Sarah Shemkus, The Guardian, July 20, 2015 

 

Because, of course, these "people" and government regulators have less social conscience than a cockroach. How much Delta water via the San Luis Reservoir and Santa Clara Water District goes to cool data in Silicon Valley? The geniuses behind deregulation of California electricity are at it again, this time with water. 

-- blj

7-20-15

The Guardian

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The global chicken deal

Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

The Guardian

7-14-15

Will the worst bird flu outbreak in US history finally make us reconsider factory farming chicken?

The outbreak has required that farmers resort to fire-extinguisher foam to kill off infected flocks. Can commercial farms protect themselves, or is US chicken farming fundamentally unsustainable?

Laura Entis

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Something new to worry about

Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 7-18-15

Farmlife.com

Greek crisis diverting attention from other markets

 

http://www.farminglife.com/news/farming-news/greek-crisis-diverting-attention-fromother-markets-1-6857197

 

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And, right on schedule ...

Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

here comes the salt.

 7-24-15

Stockton Record   

Salt worries building in Delta waters

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With all the foresight of roadkill

Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  

The decision by the state Supreme Court not to review the published state Fourth Appellate Court decision preventing jurisdictions from raising water rates beyond costs as a conservation measure cuts off one more avenue for reduction of water use, which at this point is increasingly from groundwater pumping. We could say that either it shows a judiciary ruled by hide-bound conservatives or that it shows a judiciary aware that agriculture, not urban taxpayers, is the larger water user and that high court is not going to be diverted by a bunch of Capitol flibbertigibbets.  While Gov Jerry Brown and his administration -- a typical collection for a Jerry Show, thin on competence, thick like their boss on glib evasion -- demand great urban water-consumption cutbacks, and the people respond (except the rich) pretty well to these demands, the disastrous and permanently damaging agribusiness groundwater pumping continues night and day, sucking aquifers dry causing land subsidence.

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Groundwater, considered all by itself

Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Local support is required for each type of boundary change. Mr. Springhorn explained the tiered system with an increasing level of local support depending on the severity of the requested revision. “We’ve been messaging that for boundary revision in the state, there needs to be broad local agreement for these revisions because these revisions have impacts on the implementation of groundwater management and also sustainable groundwater management in the high and medium basins so that’s been a key theme throughout all of our stakeholder engagement and outreach.”

http://mavensnotebook.com/2015/07/20/sustainable-groundwater-management-act-implementation-an-overview-of-the-basin-boundary-regulation/

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The Border forever; siempre la frontera

Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 

 

It isn't cynicism. That's just some editor's idea of a headline. The article that follows is a good description of the particular nature of Border culture in these violent times and in other times. -- blj

 

 

 

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