FROM Frank Gehrke
California's drought: The beginning of the end? California is facing the Pineapple Express, a major storm this weekend and another next week, that is expected to bring six feet of snow and 12 inches of rain. We find out what that means for the drought.
Is California's Snow Economy Melting? After three years of drought, California’s winter sports economy is in trouble. At Lake Tahoe, Bryan Allegretto blogs about conditions for skiing. He says residents are doing snow dances and holding "Pray for Snow" parties. Climate change, of course, is not confined to California — and it has different consequences in different parts of the world.
Governor to Declare End to California's Drought Three years ago, former Governor Schwarzenegger declared a drought in California. Tomorrow, Governor Brown is expected to declare that it's over. The Department of Water Resources has measured the Sierra-Nevada snowpack at 159 percent of normal. Frank Gehrke is the Department's chief Snow Surveyer.
Could Record-breaking Rainfall End California's Drought? One of the wettest Decembers in state history has left behind about twice the amount of water considered normal for this time of year in the snow pack high up in the Sierras. So come spring, a lot of water should come down from the mountains into the reservoirs of drought-plagued Southern California. We get a progress report from Frank Gehrke, chief snow surveyor for the California Department of Water Resources, and from Bill Patzert, a climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.