California’s Wild Climate Will Only Get More Volatile As Temperatures Rise

Posted by Talyn Brown-Wolf, March 12, 2017

To understand how climate change is creating a world of extremes, look to California, where the reality of severe drought coupled with intense precipitation threatens millions of residents, a rich ecosystem and the dated infrastructure designed to protect them… The record rains soaking the most populous U.S. state this winter seemed an impossible reprieve: Following the state’s driest years on record ― which forced extreme water rationing and left some of its poorest residents relying on bottled water ― a possible record amount of precipitation began inundating the state in late 2016, lifting it out of the red in a matter of months… But that rain and snowfall is no end to California’s water woes. In fact, it may just be the beginning… This has kind of given us a glimpse of what the future might look like,” said Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California’s Water Policy Center and a water expert at the University of California, Davis… Heat is a powerful force, rain or shine.

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