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March 04, 2015

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7:10 PM | Global Warming Upped Heat in California’s Drought
Climate change turned up the heat on California's drought, heat that could be a fixture by the 2030s.

March 03, 2015

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9:34 PM | March Drought Update: A North-South Divide, and Where’s the Snow?
Uneven rainfall across the state has helped replenish Northern California reservoirs, while those to the south remain in mostly abysmal shape. Meantime, the latest snow report is in, and it's not good.

March 02, 2015

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8:00 PM | Did Climate Change Tip Syria Into War?
Climate change from 2006 to 2010 may have helped exacerbate the economic and social collapse that led to today's bloody Syrian conflict. Continue reading →
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5:31 PM | A New, Stronger Tunnel to Bring Hetch Hetchy Water to the Bay Area
The San Francisco Public Utilities opened on Friday a new cement-encased, steel-lined tunnel that runs from Sunol Valley to Fremont. It will carry an average of 265 million gallons of water a day for customers of the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program, which consists of more than 80 projects to seismically retrofit and upgrade an 80-year-old water system serving 2.6 million people in the Bay Area.

February 22, 2015

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4:11 PM | Of tree rings and rain: droughts predicted to worsen in southwestern United States
Droughts have intensified in already dry regions around the world, including in the Southwest United States and in Australia throughout the first decade of this century.  The severity of these droughts has been attributed to global warming and climate change, which … Continue reading →

Benjamin I. Cook, Toby R. Ault, Jason E. Smerdon (2015). Unprecedented 21st century drought risk in the American Southwest and Central Plains, Science Advances,

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February 17, 2015

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5:16 PM | Climate Change Poses Existential Water Risks
We often hear it said that climate change is too abstract to win the support needed to effectively combat it. But the primary way we will experience climate change is through the water cycle – through droughts, floods, depleted rivers, shrinking reservoirs, dried-out soils, melting glaciers, loss of snowpack and overall shortages of water to…

February 13, 2015

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8:05 PM | Global Warming Could Increase Risk of U.S. Megadroughts
Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains during the second half of the XXI century, could be drier and longer than drought conditions seen in those regions in the last millennium, says a team of scientists writing in the journal Science Advances. The team says the drying would surpass in severity any of the [...]
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4:28 PM | NASA: A ‘megadrought’ will grip U.S. in the coming decades
The Southwest and central Plains will experience a dry weather shift 35 years from now, a NASA, Cornell and Columbia study said Continue reading →
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4:28 PM | NASA: A ‘megadrought’ will grip U.S. in the coming decades
The Southwest and central Plains will experience a dry weather shift 35 years from now, a NASA, Cornell and Columbia study said Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Worst Drought In 1,000 Years Forecasted For The U.S.
The drought in California is persisting even after significant rainfall. It’s a bad situation, but it is absolutely nothing compared to what is in store for the Central…

February 12, 2015

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7:59 PM | U.S. Central Plains and Southwest will likely face apocalyptic drought
In the recent film Interstellar, a mysterious phenomenon known as "the blight" is wiping out agriculture around the world until only corn—for some reason—survives. Humanity is on the brink of starvation. While the blight may be science fiction, global warming is not, and a new study finds that future warming could decimate the western U.S. over the next century.
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7:18 PM | New Study: Global Warming Will Bring Megadroughts to the West
Our best climate models, combined with our best climate records, foresee at least a century of profound drought in the Midwest and Southwest.

February 11, 2015

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3:57 PM | Update: Plant Health News (11 Feb 15)
Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including Striga resistant maize yielding well in Kenya, scientists in the UK  finding a potential way to control leaf blotch disease in wheat and a grant under the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) to help small scale rice producers by creating better linkages in […]
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