Posts Tagged: droughts

California Dry

"'We have been rationing severely. No plants get watered. That's over. Turned off the toilet. I haven't washed my hair for two weeks,' said Willits resident Andrea Onstad, who was washing her car Monday afternoon. A few blocks down at Gribaldo's diner on the city's Main Street, customers sat at tables with no water glasses. A sign on the wall warned of the drought emergency — water was only available upon request. Things are so scarce that the sheriff's office is on alert for water bandits." –No, this isn't another story about subpar travel accommodations for sportswriters in Sochi. This is Willits, California, in the far northwestern corner of [...]


Amazon Turning Into Dry, Carbon-Emitting Dust Forest

"That such a strong drought should follow the 'One in 100-year' drought of 2005 only five years afterwards in 2010 is exceptional, and of concern. The 2010 drought appears to have been more widespread than in 2005, and this may have important consequences in regions across Amazonia already prone to drought stress. The underlying climatic cause needs to be understood more fully, and its impact quantified, not just on the ecology of the region, but also on society." —Patrick Meir, professor of ecosystem science at the University of Edinburgh, on satellite measurements of rainfall that indicate 3 million square kilometers of rainforest went dry last year. The resulting [...]