Drought

March 7, 2014--Peter Gleick: Clarifying the discussion about California drought and climate change (Circle of Blue)

In the last few months, as the severe California drought has garnered attention among scientists, policymakers, and media, there has been a growing debate about the links between the drought and climate change.


March 7, 2014--Welcome to the thirsty West (Future Tense)

Any examination of the Southwest's drought must start in Arizona. Driving through the Arizona desert between Tucson and Phoenix, it’s easy to see the remnants of agricultural boom times. Irrigated agriculture in the Arizona desert peaked in the 1950s and has steadily declined as urbanization’s water demand has exploded.


March 6, 2014--America could soon face more days of 'extreme rainfall' (Atlantic Cities)

Squelch, squelch, squelch – that could be the sound of future America, if predictions about how climate change will ramp up "extreme rainfall" prove accurate. Say the world's nations do little to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases pouring into the atmosphere.


March 6, 2014--New government report warns of 'cascading system failures' caused by climate change (Huff Post)

From roads and bridges to power plants and gas pipelines, American infrastructure is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a pair of government reports released Thursday. he reports are technical documents supporting the National Climate Assessment, a major review compiled by 13 government agencies that the U.S.


March 5, 2014--California drought: The epic disaster that impacts us all (Huff Post)

You really can't overstate the severity of California's current drought, from its national impact on our food chain to its global implications for climate change.


March 4, 2014--Colorado River shortages could occur by 2016 or 2017 (Arizona Capital Times)

Central Arizona Project (CAP) is the primary steward of Arizona’s Colorado River water supplies and places paramount importance on the health


March 3, 2014--Drought unleashes a plague of tumbleweeds (Trib.com)

Water-starved Colorado is becoming fertile ground for unexpected — and tough-to-eradicate — pests. They roll across the eastern plains, some as large as ostriches, prickly flotsam that are as much a piece of Western history as stagecoaches and dust devils. There is even a song about them.


March 2, 2014--How climate change ended world’s first great civilizations (Independent)

The world’s first great civilisations appear to have collapsed because of an ancient episode of climate change – according to new research carried out by scientists and archaeologists.  Their investigation demonstrates that the Bronze Age 'megacities' of the Indus Valley region of Pakistan and north-west India declined during the 21st and 20th centuries BC and neve


March 2, 2014--California farmers hire 'water witches' to find water as drought persists (Huff Post)

With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches.


March 2, 2014--California storms did little to ease drought conditions (Los Angeles Times)

The storms that slammed Southern California dumped much needed rain, but experts said they did little to ease the drought conditions. "This is no drought-buster, but it's a nice, fat down payment" in the water bank, said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.


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