NASA warns of a 99% chance the US southwest will suffer a decades-long megadrought

October 7, 2016 by  
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Scientists are predicting a devastating megadrought to hit the southwestern US states, which will be far worse than the 20th century Dust Bowl and last for decades. The previously rare phenomenon is certain to become business as usual if we fail to correct the trajectory of climate change . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToY4eeWsdLc A study published in Science Advances documents the findings of researchers from Cornell University , the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies . What they found is nothing short of terrifying. If we can somehow stay within the 2 degrees Celsius threshold outlined in the Paris climate agreement, the chance of a megadrought ranges from 30 to 60 percent. At 4 degrees of warming – where we are headed now – megadroughts are practically a certainty. Related: The US isn’t even close to its Paris climate agreement targets “Historically, megadroughts were extremely rare phenomena occurring only once or twice per millennium,” according to the study. “A megadrought occurring again in the Southwest in the coming decades would impose unprecedented stresses on water resources of the region, and recent studies have shown that they are far more likely to occur this century because of climate change compared to past centuries.” California alone is entering its sixth consecutive year of drought conditions. The 4 degree scenario highlighted in the study shows the entire state, save for an itty bitty portion of the southeastern corner, will face a 90-100 percent chance of megadrought. This is mostly due to the reliance on the Colorado River and its tributaries for water. Given that the US isn’t even close to its emissions reduction goals outlined at COP21, the country needs to make drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and improve water efficiency to slow down this life-destroying process. Via EcoWatch Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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New study shows U.S. to face worst droughts in 1,000 years

February 13, 2015 by  
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Hang on to your water bottles. The United States is primed for the worst droughts recorded in the last 1,000 years, thanks to climate change. Projections by climate scientists at Columbia University show the U.S. will experience droughts throughout the 21 st   century far worse than the one in wreaking havoc in California , while a data from NASA shows carbon emissions could be the driving force behind the massive water shortages. Read the rest of New study shows U.S. to face worst droughts in 1,000 years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , california drought , Climate Change , Columbia University , Drought , dust bowl , farming , greenhouse gasses , mega-drought , megadrought , nasa , united states , water shortage

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The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought

April 28, 2014 by  
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Some of California’s central districts are facing dangerously low supplies of water as the state’s megadrought continues. To address this scary prospect, 47 miles of the 400-mile California Aqueduct could have their flow reversed this summer. But even with this dramatic reversal of water flow, the affected districts would only be getting five percent of the normal water allotments and they won’t be getting it until September, 2014. Read the rest of The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aqueduct , aqueducts , California , california aqueduct , california department of water resources , california drought , central california districts , Drought , droughts , kern country water agency , megadrought , reversing aqueduct , water issues , water shortage , water shortages

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Suntory CNC-Mills Mindblowing Tiny Ice Sculptures for “3D on the Rocks” Campaign

April 28, 2014 by  
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Dozens of Tornadoes Leave a Devastating Path of Destruction in the South and Midwest

April 28, 2014 by  
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Over the weekend, multiple tornadoes smashed through seven midwestern states, killing at least 17 people and injuring many more. Storms raged from Louisiana to Iowa Sunday night, bringing at least 31 twisters along with golf ball-sized hail and heavy rain. Arkansas suffered the worst with at least 16 dead after a tornado carved an 80-mile path near Little Rock. Read the rest of Dozens of Tornadoes Leave a Devastating Path of Destruction in the South and Midwest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 tornado season , 2014 tornadoes , April tornado watch , April tornadoes , Arkansas tornado , biggest tornado 2014 , global warming extreme weather , global warming tornado , Iowa tornado , Kansas tornado , midwest storms , Midwest tornado , Mississippi tornado , Nebraska tornado , oklahoma tornado , south storms , South tornado , tornado destruction , tornado season , US extreme weather events , US tornado watch , US tornadoes

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MVRDV to Transform Moscow’s Hammer & Sickle Factory into a Modern Mixed-Use Urban Center

April 28, 2014 by  
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Design firm MVRDV recently won a competition to transform Moscow’s Serp & Molot (Hammer & Sickle) factory into a sprawling mixed use development . The former steel factory will be integrated into a modern campus with new buildings, urban blocks and green courtyards. Preserving elements of the historically important complex, the new project will create a modern green space for the Russian capital. Read the rest of MVRDV to Transform Moscow’s Hammer & Sickle Factory into a Modern Mixed-Use Urban Center Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptive reuse , eco design , Elevated park Moscow , green design , Hammer & Sickle Moscow , MVRDV , Serp & Molot Factory , sustainable design

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