Under the Dead Sea, Warnings of Dire Drought -2017

A study from Columbia University/Earth Institute Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory revealed that the Middle East has experienced devastating droughts when the earth went through hotter periods 120,000 and 10,000 years ago. The data suggest this time around it may be worse due to a high demand for fresh water from a … Continue reading

California Drought Report -2014

Comprehensive report (in English, .pdf file) prepared by the University of California at Davis detailing the economic loss to the State of California due a pervasive drought that has caused the greatest ever net loss of water.

California Flooding & Drought

February 16, 2017 We have received numerous requests to reconcile drought with the recent flooding in northern California. Most of them infer that, being polar opposites, it is impossible to have both at the same time. The answer is that California’s climate is complex and varied, with a well watered … Continue reading

Decades-Long Megadroughts Coming

October 7, 2016 A megadrought is comparable in severity to the worst droughts of the 20th century, but of much longer duration. As a result, it would impose unprecedented stress on limited water resources in the American Southwest. A study published in Science Advances warns of the near certainty of … Continue reading

High Risk of Severe Water Stress in Asia

March 30, 2016 A study published in the peer-reviewed online journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) finds that in the absence of autonomous adaptation or societal response, there is a high risk of severe water stress in some densely populated Asian watersheds by 2050. Abstract The sustainability of future water … Continue reading

Water Crisis

February 12, 2016 A comprehensive research article published in Science Advances found that water scarcity is actually worse than first thought. The authors found that fully two-thirds of the global population suffer severe water scarcity at least 1 month per year, and nearly half of them live in India and … Continue reading

California Needs 42 Cubic Km of Water

December 16, 2014 RELEASE 14-333 NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) — around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir — to recover from California’s continuing drought, according to a new … Continue reading

Sao Paulo’s Water Crisis

December 9, 2014 Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million people, has water for 60 days. Whether the cause is global warming, deforestation in the Amazon, or something else is irrelevant. The point is that the city depends on rainfall to replenish its reservoirs. Well, it’s not raining, and there’s … Continue reading

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