Mario Alberto Hernandez Lucio Drowned in Garden Grove Flood Control Channel: Update

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AccuWeather.com
From 1-3 inches of rain will fall on coastal Southern California, according to forecasters.
UPDATE NO. 3, DEC. 16, 4:46 P.M.: Mario Alberto Hernandez Lucio died from drowning and no foul play is suspected, according to a Garden Grove Police Department statement that also slightly alters the name of the deceased.

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UC Irvine Joins White House Initiative Aimed at Expanding Climate Change Education

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White House
Politicians have spoken with kids, soldiers and campaign staffs behind them but solar panels?
UC Irvine's global sustainability effort has been chosen to be part of a White House initiative aimed at climate education that will distribute science-based information to students, teachers and the broader public, the university announced Tuesday.

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So Much for Glacial Speed: Antarctica Glaciers Melting Much Faster Lately, UCI and JPL Find

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Glaciers in the Amundsen Sea Embayment in West Antarctica
A 21-year analysis of Antarctica's fastest-melting region shows the melt rate of glaciers there tripled during the past decade, according to new research by UC Irvine and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena.

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UC Irvine Researchers Pooh-Pooh Small Drainpipes for Stinking Up Baby Beaches

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A child of a past or current Weekling at the beach
New UC Irvine research has found that high fecal counts frequently detected at "baby beaches" or "mom beaches" may not be diaper-related but are instead caused by small drainpipes.

No, "small drainpipes" is not my euphemism for rugrats with runny noses.

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California Drought Solutions Explored at Aquarium of the Pacific Gathering TODAY

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Cover design by Dustin Ames/OC Weekly
Got water?
Experts (including the subject of a recent Weekly cover story) gather at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach this afternoon to look at the California drought and possible ways to reduce water demand in our thirsty state.

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North County-Adjacent La Habra Heights Puts an Oil Fracking Ban Before Voters

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Hey, Marylanders, some folks in La Habra Heights might buy that sign off you.
As sides on both sides of the oil fracking debate solidify in North County, a North County-adjacent city council has placed a ban on drilling and fracking on the ballot.

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An Inconvenient Thirst: See Jay Famiglietti's
60 Minutes Segment "Depleting the Water"

UPDATE, NOV. 17, 4:15 P.M.: In case you missed the top story on 60 Minutes last night, click play above or follow this link to the complete segment "Depleting the Water," which prominently features UC Irvine/JPL water scientist Jay Famiglietti.

READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smart use of our most precious resource before it's too late. Will we listen?

LEARN MORE: JayFamiglietti.com

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An Inconvenient Thirst: Jay Famiglietti Reader

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Circle of Blue "Action Figure" series
The reading assignment below? It's alright. But the truth is the subject of the story, UC Irvine and Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist Jay Famiglietti, has written far more eloquently about the global groundwater issues raised in this week's cover story. After the jump are but five examples ...

READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smart use of our most precious resource before it's too late. Will we listen?

LEARN MORE: JayFamiglietti.com

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An Inconvenient Thirst: 9 Global Hot Spots

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A precious resource is ever more precious.
What follows is a picture of the groundwater challenges at home and abroad. I must concede that I became depressed while putting this together, but then remembered far more brilliant people are working on ways to manage our way out of this crisis. We just need more of these folks to make it a priority NOW, as UC Irvine/Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist Jay Famiglietti would tell you.

READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smart use of our most precious resource before it's too late. Will we listen?

LEARN MORE: JayFamiglietti.com

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An Inconvenient Thirst: 6 Videos on UCI/JPL's Alarming Groundwater Research

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American Museum of Natural History
From his JPL desk, Jay Famiglietti talks about dwindling drinking water in Australia.

Check out the following six (mostly brief) videos that have UC Irvine/Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist Jay Famiglietti and his team's research explaining the California and global groundwater crises.

READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smart use of our most precious resource before it's too late. Will we listen?

LEARN MORE: JayFamiglietti.com

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