Obstinate attitudes prevail in California's most water-guzzling ZIP codes
June 16, 2015, 1:40 p.m. by Matt Hickman
In exclusive and exceptionally irrigated Rancho Santa Fe, residents now face water rationing (and they don't like it.)
Should Californians tear up their lawns and replace them with swimming pools?
June 3, 2015, 9:30 a.m. by Matt Hickman
Yes, says a new campaign that champions backyard pools as a drought-friendlier landscaping alternative.
The shame game: Celebrities under fire for lush green lawns
May 21, 2015, 5:15 p.m. by Matt Hickman
As California's water crisis continues, drought shaming goes from tattling on neighbors to calling out celebrities.
What's the best way to trim California's water use?
April 13, 2015, 5:25 p.m. by Lloyd Alter
Not washing your sidewalk or getting a fresh towel in your hotel is not going to move the needle — but reconsidering what you eat will.
California obliterates record for lowest snowpack ever
April 2, 2015, 9:46 a.m. by Becky Oskin, LiveScience
The lack of snow has only worsened California's drought conditions and has resulted in the governor implementing the first-ever statewide mandatory water restrictions.
Global warming brought on California's severe drought
March 3, 2015, 2:49 p.m. by Becky Oskin, LiveScience
Warm years are more common now and sparking more droughts, with six drought years in the past 20 years, compared to 14 drought years in the previous 98 years.
U.S. could face worst megadrought in 1,000 years
February 13, 2015, 1:32 p.m. by Becky Oskin, LiveScience
Rising temperatures will play a bigger part in the forthcoming drought than a lack of rain or snow.
California drought due to nature, not climate change
December 9, 2014, 10:39 a.m. by Becky Oskin, LiveScience
The 'ridiculously resilient ridge,' a high pressure system formed during a La Niña event, gets to take the blame in a new study.
Americans now use less water than they did in 1970
November 7, 2014, 3:07 p.m. by Russell McLendon
U.S. water usage is at a 45-year low, according to a new government report. But is that low enough?
L.A. mayor walks the walk, orders removal of front lawn
November 4, 2014, 8:30 a.m. by Matt Hickman
The water-guzzling grounds of the Windsor Square mansion that serves as the official mayoral residence are undergoing a drought-resistant makeover.
California drought is driving the depletion of irreplaceable groundwater
November 3, 2014, 4:35 p.m. by Shea Gunther
A new study by NASA scientist James Famiglietti quantifies how fast we're pumping water out of California's aquifers in response to the drought.