Talk about a one-two punch. Between the lack of rain and the sub-freezing temperatures, “there’s no doubt about it – the two together give it a harder case,” says James McFarlane, who grows 700 acres of citrus in Fresno County.
And McFarlane says he’s one of the lucky ones: “Even though we’ve spent all that money on propane and labor, to get those wind machines on and off, even though for about a 40 day period I only spent two full nights in my warm bed, we’re probably gonna make more money because of it.”
That’s because his supply weathered the weather fairly well. Others did not. California’s citrus industry estimates the cost of the seven-day December freeze at about $440 million. That’ll lead to a shorter California citrus season in stores, and perhaps higher prices for customers.
A study published June 16 by UC Davis and other researchers shows that wild bee diversity is declining. The researchers said steps must be taken to conserve them -- and not just those that are the main pollinators of agricultural crops.
Warmer weather is bringing out snakes, including rattlesnakes, in Northern California.
The company responsible for the crude oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast said Wednesday that cleanup costs are $3 million a day.
Groups sue California, U.S. officials over management of water supply, claiming fish and the Delta estuary are being short-changed.
Relatively few of the cars on the road in California are responsible for most of the pollution. Now the state is trying to do more to get them off the road.