Back to Next Generation

Peter Ferguson

Posts by Peter Ferguson

Energy & Climate

Groundwater to the rescue in drought-stricken California – but not without costs

This week, UC Davis released a final report on the economic impacts of this year’s drought on California’s agricultural industry. Groundwater pumping, the report says, will significantly soften the drought’s blow to farm operations, easing anticipated losses statewide to $2.2 billion from the $3.6 billion the industry projected earlier this year.

Energy & Climate

Golden State’s Drought Emergency Bearing Down on Schools

In the midst of the state’s worst drought in 500 years, policy makers are desperately seeking stop-gap measures to address California’s dire water needs. Relief programs should help, but the aid is a far cry from the billions of dollars in losses the state ultimately expects to lose due to the drought, including in the form of lost revenue for schools.