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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 

A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.

2020Talks - August 5, 2020 

Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Report: “Splash and Dash” is California’s Water Future

August 29, 2007

Drought in California? Get used to it. That’s the gist of a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council that details traditional water management policies and practices in California and throughout the West, and explains why changes are necessary in order to stretch shrinking water resources for human consumption, as well as farming, fishing and landscaping. Report coauthor Barry Nelson says climate change gets most of the blame for dwindling water resources.

"This year, Southern California is experiencing the driest year in recorded history. We know enough about global warming to know that we’re going to see more of these weather patterns."

Nelson says as climate change progresses, the traditional ways the West has quenched its thirst will dry up.

"The sources that the West was developed on –- pumping water from our rivers, building surface storage projects, pumping groundwater –- those sources are probably going to perform more poorly."

Nelson encourages Californians to switch to low-water yards, and to do their parts to reduce air pollution linked to global warming. The NRDC also recommends greater cooperation between Western states as they grapple with growing concerns about shrinking water supplies -- an issue that, for some states, has been contentious for years.

The full NRDC report, "In Hot Water: Water Management Strategies to Weather the Effects of Global Warming," can be accessed online, at

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - CA