At first, last December’s rains seemed like welcome relief for drought-stricken California. But while the moisture did little to hydrate trees and shrubs, it did lead to the widespread of growth of wild grasses, which dried out quickly and contributed to this year’s wildfire season.
So much water is being pumped out of the ground worldwide that it is contributing to global sea level rise, a phenomenon tied largely to warming temperatures and climate change.
Many of the local officials urging the public to save water during California’s crippling drought actually are profligate water users themselves.
The water year that ended Tuesday was one of the driest on record for California. Let’s take a look at what we can expect for the new year.
California’s in hot water – and you might be, too. Violators of the state’s new mandatory water restrictions, which started this week, face fines of up to $500.
The Obama administration unveils historic rules cutting carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent, spurring prospects for a global deal to end climate change but setting up a battle over the environment in this year’s midterm elections.
The upcoming wildfire season could cost $400 million more to fight than the Forest Service and Interior Department have in their available budgets, according to a report those agencies released today.
The National Weather Service said Tuesday was the rainiest day since at least 1880 in Pensacola, Florida. While it probably wouldn’t be correct to say that climate change caused Pensacola’s floods, it surely made them more likely.