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Overpumping in California’s Central Valley could remove 1 million acres from production

The Los Angeles Times ran an article today describing the impacts of groundwater pumping on agriculture in California’s Central Valley (link).  High rates of groundwater use have caused ground levels to subside by as much as a foot a year, and have also lowered water tables, forcing farmers to pay…
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March so far warmer and drier than normal

We’re about halfway through March, and so far for the month the Southeast has been warmer and drier than normal across almost the entire region.  The warmth has been especially strong in Florida and southern Georgia.  Dry conditions in southern Alabama have contributed to the continuing drought there.  Generally the…
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NASA: Megadroughts in Southwest and Central US expected to increase in warming climate

A new NASA study this week shows the potential impacts of the warming climate on the occurrence of “megadroughts”, which are multi-year extreme droughts that have historically affected areas like California and the central part of the US.  (Tree ring analysis has shown that the Southeast has also experienced megadroughts…
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