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  • After biblical locust plagues Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya face devastating drought as the next rainy season in East Africa is forecast to fail, jeopardizing food security for millions of people

    10/21/2020 3:09:56 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 13 replies
    SS ^ | 10/20/20 | SS
    Every five or so years, it rips me apart to watch the same tragedy: a La Niña weather cycle brings devastating drought and hunger to East Africa, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Using climate models and Earth observations, we can now predict these droughts. And once again, dry conditions are predicted from this month until December, with a very good chance of another poor rainy season in March to May 2021. Advances in predictive science allow us to anticipate these potential crises. Scientists issued alerts in August. East African climate experts...
  • La Niña is back. What does that mean for California’s drought?

    09/11/2020 1:50:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 09/10/2020 | Paul Dugniski
    La Niña is the cool phase of a climate phenomenon called the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, often referred to as ENSO. Its warmer, better-known, sibling is known as El Niño, and there is third, neutral phase between those two on the continuum. Specific conditions for the ocean and atmosphere must be present for an El Niño or La Niña weather pattern. In the case of La Niña, below-average sea surface temperatures occur in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. Easterly winds over the equator strengthen, and rainfall usually decreases over the the central and eastern tropical Pacific and increases over...
  • Return Of The Dust Bowl? The “Megadrought” In The Southwest Is Really Starting To Escalate

    08/31/2020 9:10:40 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 61 replies
    eotad ^ | 8/28/2020 | Michael Snyder
    Much of the southwestern portion of the United States has been gripped by a drought that never seems to end, and there is a tremendous amount of concern that patterns that we witnessed back during the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s may be starting to repeat. In a previous article, I discussed the extreme heat that we have been seeing in the region lately. Phoenix has never had more days in a year when the high temperature has hit at least 115 degrees, and other southwestern cities have been smashing records as well. At the same time, precipitation levels...
  • Germany heading toward drought amid coronavirus crisis: forecaster

    04/25/2020 10:50:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 04.25.2020 | Kate Martyr
    Germany could be facing its second drought in just two years, a leading meteorologist has said, just as farmers struggle with strict measures imposed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. “The past two years were unusually dry. The ground now needs rain,” forecaster and oceanographer Mojib Latif told German regional newspaper Rhein Neckar Zeitung (RNZ) on Saturday. Latif said the country’s network of reservoirs is only partly full, adding that if there is no heavy rain in the next two to three weeks then a failed harvest could threaten the agriculture industry. […] Rain is forecast in the coming weeks, according...
  • Trump signs order diverting water to California farmers against state wishes

    02/19/2020 6:16:10 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02 09 2020 | Rebecca Beitsch
    President Trump on Wednesday signed an order in California to re-engineer the state’s water plans, completing a campaign promise to funnel water from the north to a thirsty agriculture industry and growing population further south. The ceremonial order comes after the Department of the Interior late last year reversed its opinion on scientific findings that for a decade extended endangered species protections to various types of fish — a review that had been spurred by the order from Trump. Trump said the changes to the “outdated scientific research and biological opinions” would now help direct “as much water as possible,...
  • Trump Quietly Busts Up California's Deep (Water) State

    02/08/2020 6:35:32 AM PST · by WLusvardi · 18 replies
    California Globe ^ | February 1, 2020 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Department of Water Resources and Fish and Game were using Cal-Fed (bond) funds to backfill their state budget deficits.
  • UA scientists find evidence of Roman period megadrought (in US, not Rome)

    11/04/2011 4:02:52 PM PDT · by decimon · 20 replies
    University of Arizona ^ | November 4, 2011
    A new study at the University of Arizona's Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research has revealed a previously unknown multi-decade drought period in the second century A.D.Almost nine hundred years ago, in the mid-12th century, the southwestern U.S. was in the middle of a multi-decade megadrought. It was the most recent extended period of severe drought known for this region. But it was not the first. The second century A.D. saw an extended dry period of more than 100 years characterized by a multi-decade drought lasting nearly 50 years, says a new study from scientists at the University of Arizona. UA geoscientists...
  • Disaster-Prone Puerto Rico: What's Next? (Image; Vanity)

    01/19/2020 11:05:24 AM PST · by cll · 18 replies
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  • Arizona and Nevada Face First-Ever Mandatory Water Cuts from the Colorado River

    08/19/2019 10:45:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 97 replies
    Weather.com ^ | August 19, 2019 | Ron Brackett
    Arizona and Nevada are facing the first-ever mandatory cuts in the amount of water they can take from the Colorado River next year. The two states are among seven that have agreed to drought contingency plans for the river system that serves about 40 million people and 6,300 square miles of farmland from Wyoming to Southern California. The cuts are triggered by water levels expected in Lake Mead, a giant reservoir on the river at the Arizona-Nevada border. On Jan. 1, Lake Mead's level is projected to be 1,089.4 feet, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said late last week. That's...
  • Southwest Megadroughts Are Coming Back Because of Climate Change, Scientists Say

    07/25/2019 7:12:05 AM PDT · by null and void · 63 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | 7/25/19 | Ron Brackett
    By less than an hour agoweather.com (Getty Image) A dry landscape stands on Navajo Nation lands on June 7, 2019, in the town of Gallup, New Mexico. Rising temperatures associated with global warming have worsened drought conditions on their lands over recent decades leading to a worsening of water access. At a Glance • The U.S. Southwest experienced a dozen megadroughts from the years 800 to 1600. • These droughts lasted for decades at a time. • Researchers say they have discovered the cause of those droughts. • Climate change could cause another megadrought soon, they say. Scientists say they...
  • Lake Tahoe Fills To The Top

    07/12/2019 9:38:46 AM PDT · by Regulator · 58 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 7/12/19 | Paul Rogers
    If you visit Lake Tahoe this summer, the beaches might seem a little smaller than they were a few years ago. It’s not an optical illusion. Large sections of them really are underwater.
  • Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?

    05/11/2019 10:00:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 76 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 10, 2019 | Veritasium
    I took a boat through 96 million black plastic balls on the Los Angeles reservoir to find out why they're there. The first time I heard about shade balls the claim was they reduce evaporation. But it turns out this isn't the reason they were introduced. Huge thanks to LADWP for arranging this special tour for me. Next time let's put the GoPro on the submersible! The balls are made of high density polyethylene (HDPE) which is less dense than water so they float on the surface of the reservoir even if they break apart. They are 10cm (4 inches)...
  • Wet winter ends California drought after 376 straight weeks

    03/14/2019 7:56:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 14, 2019 | John Antczak
    California is free of drought for the first time in more than seven years and only a small amount of its territory remains abnormally dry as a very wet winter winds down, experts said Thursday. More than 93 percent of the state is free of drought or dryness, and areas of abnormal dryness along the Oregon border and in parts of four southern counties amount to less than 7 percent of the state, the U.S. Drought Monitor said in its weekly update. The conditions in the far south are because of very dry prior years, the monitor said, noting reservoirs...
  • How climate change caused the world's first empire to collapse

    01/07/2019 10:15:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Phys dot org (relying on non-science source for science article) ^ | January 3, 2019 | Vasile Ersek, The Conversation
    Gol-e-Zard Cave lies in the shadow of Mount Damavand, which at more than 5,000 metres dominates the landscape of northern Iran. In this cave, stalagmites and stalactites are growing slowly over millennia and preserve in them clues about past climate events. Changes in stalagmite chemistry from this cave have now linked the collapse of the Akkadian Empire to climate changes more than 4,000 years ago... It appears that the empire became increasingly dependent on the productivity of the northern lands and used the grains sourced from this region to feed the army and redistribute the food supplies to key supporters....
  • 4,000-year-old Sumerian port found in southern Iraq

    03/22/2018 12:47:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | March 20, 2018 | DPA
    Sumerians settled in Mesopotamia, an area of modern Iraq known as the cradle of civilization, more than 6,000 years ago, where they invented writing, the wheel, the plough, irrigation, the 24-hour day and the first city-states. Mission co-leaders Licia Romano and Franco D'Agostino of Rome's Sapienza University said Tuesday they discovered one of their ancient ports in Abu Tbeirah, a desert site about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) south of the town of Nasiriyah. The port's basin, measuring 130 meters (142 yards) in length and 40 meters (44 yards) wide, with a capacity equal to nine Olympics-sized pools, may have also...
  • How Governor Brown, Liberal CA Dems, and Bloated Federal Agencies Are to Blame for CA’s Wildfires

    11/21/2018 6:10:30 AM PST · by davikkm · 11 replies
    IWB ^ | Bob Shanahan
    Paradise, California has become hell on earth. My thoughts and prayers go out to the thousands of displaced families. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and devastation they are currently experiencing. Only 80 miles north of my hometown of Sacramento, this has been an issue close to home for me, but the smoky skies we’ve been experiencing here are nothing compared to what the residents of Paradise are now going through. I am so proud of our firefighters, first responders, and many volunteers who have come together during this crisis to do everything they can to alleviate the...
  • 'This is where they must have found her': Woman who refused to flee California fire dies

    11/22/2018 8:40:56 AM PST · by jerod · 38 replies
    CBC News ^ | Nov 22, 2018 4:00 AM | Briar Stewart
    Christina Taft couldn't persuade her mother to flee the California fire, and she diedAs Christina Taft walks through the chalky rubble and blackened ash strewn on her property in Paradise, Calif., she winces as she tries to make sense of the destruction around her. "This is just completely levelled," she says. "There is nothing here." In the corner of what was once her living room, yellow caution tape ropes off a rectangle on the ground. It looks as if someone was digging in the area, and right away Taft knows why. "This is where they must have found her." This...
  • CA Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoed 2016 Wildfire Management Bill While CA Burned

    11/13/2018 5:31:25 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/13/18 | Katy Grimes
    That sound practice grounded to a halt when the most radical environmentalists took over Every governor has signed regretful legislation, or made a disastrous pardon he or she would like a chance to re-do. California’s whacky outgoing Democrat governor has spent the last eight years trying to convince the people of California that we are to blame for droughts, wildfires and “extreme weather,” and that climate change is an existential threat to the California way of life. Showing no regrets, Gov. Jerry Brown calls the people “freeloaders,” and “deniers,” and has mocked our “little green lawns.” Brown even spitefully signed...
  • The Real Story About How California Became ‘The Land of Raging Infernos’

    11/13/2018 8:46:09 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/13/18 | Judi McLeod
    While the mainstream and social media focus on what Waters is saying about President Trump, the real tragedy of what is happening in California is being told by the dead. Maxine Water’s got it bassackwards in telling President Donald Trump to “keep his mouth shut” on blaming “mismanagement” for California fires leaving death and destruction in their wake. Waters, whose screech to impeach is more ear-piercing than anyone else’s, was as silent as the dead when it came to protecting California against becoming ‘The Land of Raging Infernos’.
  • Jerry Brown Takes Heat For Vetoing 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Bill (Tr)

    11/16/2018 7:42:42 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 13, 2018 | Michael Bastasch
    California Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to veto a 2016 bipartisan bill aimed at mitigating wildfire risks from power lines and utility equipment has become the focus of critics as fires rage across the state. Wildfires have scorched more than 221,000 acres across California since Thursday, and Brown’s critics are pointing to the two-year-old veto as news reports suggest power lines may have sparked the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. “He has done nothing to harden those assets,” state Sen. John Moorlach, a Republican, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.