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Water in an Uncertain Future: Planning the New Normal

, director, California & Western States

Northern California breathed a sigh of relief this weekend as rain and cooler temperatures finally arrived in force after the devastating fires in October. Now the question is, what kind of a winter will we have, and in particular, how much snow and rain will we or will we not get?

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Ivette Perfecto and John Vandermeer in a shaded coffee farm in Chiapas, Mexico. They use diverse shaded coffee as a model system to study ecological complexity and its implications for farm management and biodiversity conservation.

Agroecology to the Rescue: 7 Ways Ecologists are Working Toward Healthier Food Systems

, senior scientist

A lot has been written about agroecology, and a new special issue of the journal Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems takes it to the next level. Read more >

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Aerial view of crop sprinklers near Rio Vista, California in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region. Photo: California Department of Water Resources

California’s Water Well Bill Will Tell Us Who’s Tapping Depleted Groundwater Basins

, climate scientist

Groundwater is a shared resource between communities and landowners, much like a joint bank account is a shared resource between individuals. Except in one key way: groundwater users often don’t know who they are sharing water with or how much others are saving or spending. This might not be a problem when there is plenty of water, but such loose accounting can become very problematic when water is scarce. A new Senate Bill will help us keep track of water wells in overdrafted basins. Read more >

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