"Shrunk reservoirs. Depleted aquifers. Low rivers. Raging wildfires. It's no
secret that the Western U.S. is in a severe drought. New research published
Monday shows just how extreme the situation has become.
The Western U.S. and northern Mexico are experiencing their driest period in at
least 1,200 years, according to the new study, published in the journal Nature
Climate Change. The last comparable — though not as severe — multidecade
megadrought occurred in the 1500s, when the West was still largely inhabited by
Native American tribes.
Today, the region is home to tens of millions of people, massive agricultural
centers and some of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. — all in an area
where there's less water available than there was in the past, partially due to
human-caused climate change."
Via Paul Ferguson.
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