Study finds Western megadrought is the worst in 1,200 years

Nathan Rott NPR February 14th 2022

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.



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  1. Mark Johnson
    Mark Johnson says:

    We live in a changed world The planet as a whole system is warmer. Extra heat is carried in the oceans. Climate change is violence. Witness west coast fires and unhealthy smoke. Folks are in grief suffer losses. We must be on the earth with attitude like a tea ceremony. Bow with deep respect to mother 🌎. Walk barefoot on grass. Gather for picnics sing and play music in harmony


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