Continuing the debate surrounding the socio-economic and environmental implications of the drought faicing California right now, we look at the prevalence of shade balls filling reservoirs in Sylmar. A total of 96m black polythene balls now cover water to protect against evaporation in drought-ridden LA, whilst maintaining good water quality.
According to the LADWP newsroom, ”The small, black plastic balls protect water quality by preventing sunlight-triggered chemical reactions, deterring birds and other wildlife, and protecting water from rain and wind-blown dust”.
Moreover, we look at the threat El Nino will bring, particularly to the Californian almond industry. The El NiÃ±o brewing in the equatorial Pacific is on course to become one of the strongest â€” if not the strongest â€” such system on record, the Climate Prediction Center announced last Thursday. Climate specialists explain an El NiÃ±o when the sea-surface temperatures in a key region of the central Pacific are at least 0.5 of a degree Celsius above normal for several months.
In a BBC article, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology predicted that it could become a “substantial” event later in the year, driving droughts and flooding. Scientists operate a number of markers used to measure currants, temperatures and winds in the tropical pacific ocean. The data, which includes information from satellite technology, is then fed into a series of complex computer system, which then make the necessary predictions.