Global warming is amplifying California drought conditions
There’s a drought in California. Perhaps you’ve heard a few things about it.
Like the fact that it’s cost the state $2.7 billion in losses, helped burn up roughly 118,000 acres of forest this year to date and inspired Los Angeles to release a 96 million-strong armada of shade balls into reservoirs (though it was apparently a PR stunt). Oh, and the state is also missing a year’s worth of rain.
One question that’s lingered as long as the drought itself is just how much, if any, of the drought is due to climate change. New research has an answer: up to 27%. It also has another important number: climate change has made the odds of severe droughts like this one twice as likely. Read more…
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