Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 8, 2020

Climate-Driven Megadrought Is Emerging in Western U.S.

Earth Institute News Release

Climate-Driven Megadrought Is Emerging in Western U.S., Says Study

Warming May Be Triggering Era Worse Than Any in Recorded History

With the western United States and northern Mexico suffering an ever-lengthening string of dry years starting in 2000, scientists have been warning for some time that climate change may be pushing the region toward an extreme long-term drought worse than any in recorded history. A new study says the time has arrived: a megadrought as bad or worse than anything even from known prehistory is very likely in progress, and warming climate is playing a key role. The study, based on modern weather observations, 1,200 years of tree-ring data and dozens of climate models, appears this week in the leading journal Science.

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