Tag Archives: California Drought

Researchers Just Found a Giant Cache of Water Underneath California

Last year, researchers estimated that California had lost 63 trillion gallons of water over the course of 18 months of drought. Now, a huge reservoir of underground water—three times bigger than engineers thought—has been found under California. But it still won’t solve the state’s drought troubles.

Continue reading Researchers Just Found a Giant Cache of Water Underneath California

Extreme Droughts Weaken Trees’ Ability to Soak Up Carbon

There’s a mystery inside trees upon which the fate of coastal cities, threatened by rising sea levels from climate change, may depend. Each year, the Earth’s forests take up about one-quarter of the carbon dioxide emitted by humans, effectively slowing the speed and severity of global warming. They lock up most of this carbon in their stems and keep it there for centuries. This service that they provide to humanity is worth about US$1 trillion each year.

Continue reading Extreme Droughts Weaken Trees’ Ability to Soak Up Carbon

“Very Strong” El Niño Is Coming: But Will It End the Drought?

NOAA’s El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) discussion center released its latest predictions for the gigantic weather event today and, well, are you ready for some El Niño? Because wet weather is almost totally certainly coming to the Western US. The question is, how much?

Continue reading “Very Strong” El Niño Is Coming: But Will It End the Drought?

1/3 Of World’s Largest Groundwater Sources In Serious Trouble

The earth’s biggest groundwater basins are being depleted far more quickly than previously believed, according to two new studies by the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

Continue reading 1/3 Of World’s Largest Groundwater Sources In Serious Trouble

California Announces Landmark Steps To Address Drought

Conserving water in California isn’t just a suggestion anymore.

On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced there will be mandatory water cutbacks in the drought-stricken state for the first time in history.

Continue reading California Announces Landmark Steps To Address Drought