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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.