A major new study finds “there is a traceable anthropogenic warming footprint in the enormous intensity of the anomalous ridge during winter 2013-14, the associated drought and its intensity.” So as long as we fail to reverse carbon pollution trends, California droughts will keep getting worse.
California’s epic drought got even worse last week. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that the area of California under moderate drought (or worse) rose from 94.6 percent of the state to a stunning 99.8 percent.
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Scientists predicted a decade ago the loss of Arctic ice would dry out California and the very change in the jet stream that has driven the current drought. One of those scientists told me last week, “the actual situation in the next few decades could be even more dire that our study suggested.”
Science Advisor Dr. John Holdren has published a devastating 6-page debunking of Roger Pielke Jr., a leading climate confusionist. Holdren’s views are in the mainstream of climatologists. I can think of no climate scientists who share Pielke’s assessment of Holdren’s views as “zombie science.”
Politicians in California are engaged in an acrimonious back-and-forth about how to confront the crippling drought, but Democratic bills addressing the state's long-term goal of mitigating climate change are also on the move.