New Study Shows California Droughts Driven by Climate Change and Here to Stay

By Sarah Lazare

The increasingly frequent and severe droughts that have punished California over the past two decades—including the current record-breaking one—are primarily the result of human-caused climate change and will likely grow even worse, scientists at Stanford University warn.

Published in Monday's issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the new research analyzes historical records, as well as computer simulations of global warming, to investigate the role of changing temperatures during California droughts over the last 120 years.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/03/03/new-study-shows-california-droughts-driven-climate-change-and-here-stay

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