How Much Of California's Drought Was Caused By Climate Change? Scientists Now Have The Answer. Over the last few years, as California’s historic, four-year drought has intensified, scientists have found clues linking the extreme weather event to human-caused climate change.
Now, a new study is the first to estimate just how much climate change contributed to the drought. The study, published Thursday in Geophysical Research Letters, found that climate change can be blamed for between 8 to 27 percent of the drought conditions between 2012 and 2014 and between 5 to 18 percent in 2014. ‘The water table is dropping all over the world’: NASA warns we’re on the path to global drought. WASHINGTON — Drought-stricken California is not the only place draining underground aquifers in the hunt for fresh water.
It’s happening across the world, according to two new studies by U.S. researchers released Tuesday. Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers — in locations from India and China to the United States and France — have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water is being removed than replaced from these vital underground reservoirs. Thirteen of 37 aquifers fell at rates that put them into the most troubled category. “The situation is quite critical,” said Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the studies’ principal investigator. San Antonio Water System/Associated PressThis photo provided by the San Antonio Water System shows the Twin Oaks Aquifer Storage and Recovery site in far south Bexar County, Texas.
And it’s difficult to see it getting better soon. AP Photo/Jae C. Scientists trace cancer-causing chemical in drinking water back to methadone. Researchers find that methadone and wastewater disinfectants create the carcinogen NDMA, which can filter into drinking water supplies.
Photo by Adam Lister/Getty Images Like death and taxes, at some point in life, drinking someone else’s human waste becomes inevitable. When water flows from the many pipes of our homes, the first stop is a wastewater treatment factory, where most hazardous chemicals and microbes are removed. In an ideal scenario, city planners have geographically positioned wastewater facilities so that none of the drainage flows into another’s city’s drinking water supply. But if you live downstream from any population, then you’re likely drinking someone’s wastewater, says Arizona State University environmental engineer Paul Westerhoff. Enter methadone. But unlike some forms of pharmaceutical pollution, the danger of methadone waste doesn’t come from the drug itself, but from a chemical reaction with a common wastewater disinfectant. Which brings us back to wastewater. 7 Key Facts About the Drought. Ruaridh Stewart/Zuma There's been a lot of talk lately about the drought in California, especially since this past week, when Gov.
Jerry Brown introduced mandatory water cuts for the first time in the state's history. So what exactly makes this drought so bad? And what are people doing about it? Here are a few important points to keep in mind: Q: Drought is the norm in California. A: There are always wet years and dry years, but the past three years have been among the driest on record—and state officials worry that 2015 will be even drier. California's reservoirs have about a year's worth of water left. Q: What exactly is groundwater, and why are people in California freaking out about it? A: Groundwater is the water that seeps through the ground when it rains. Q: What are the state's biggest water users? A: Farming in general, and alfalfa (used to feed cows) and almonds in particular.
Is the California Drought a Geoengineered False Flag Event? Jamie Lee, ContributorWaking Times Throughout the 2015 winter season, all the nations major news sources are reporting exclusively about another record year of brutal cold and snow in the Eastern half of the United States.
This has also been the sole meme covered on the Weather Channel, the countries most major public/private source for weather news. The Weather Channel, majority bought, owned, and controlled by Rothschild LLC in 2011, even hosts regular hours long reports of storms as they pass through.