By Dan Shapley
Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest city, is hunkering down in the face of an intensifying drought. The city called on residents to reduce water use by 10 percent, as a persistent drought shows no signs of relenting, and a summer forecast predicts intense heat. It's the first water use restriction of its kind in more than a decade for the city -- a sign of the times for the drought-plagued West. Part of the problem across much of California was the minute snowpack left in the mountains after this winter. That's a condition scientists say we can expect more of as the climate warms, which means it may not be another decade before Los Angeles is watching its water use again, according to a story in the June 7 Los Angeles Times.