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Photo: USDA-ARS/Scott Bauer

Northern Plains Drought Shows (Again) that Failing to Plan for Disasters = Planning to Fail

, Kendall Science Fellow

As the dog days of summer wear on, the northern plains are really feeling the heat. Hot, dry weather has quickly turned into the nation’s worst current drought in Montana and the Dakotas, and drought conditions are slowly creeping south and east into the heart of the Corn Belt. Another year and another drought presents yet another opportunity to consider how smart public policies could make farmers and rural communities more resilient to these recurring events. Read more >

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Aerial view of crop sprinklers near Rio Vista, California in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region. Photo: California Department of Water Resources

California’s Water Well Bill Will Tell Us Who’s Tapping Depleted Groundwater Basins

, climate scientist

Groundwater is a shared resource between communities and landowners, much like a joint bank account is a shared resource between individuals. Except in one key way: groundwater users often don’t know who they are sharing water with or how much others are saving or spending. This might not be a problem when there is plenty of water, but such loose accounting can become very problematic when water is scarce. A new Senate Bill will help us keep track of water wells in overdrafted basins. Read more >

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Survey Shows Abundant Snow, But Will it Stick?

, climate scientist

Today’s snow survey confirms abundant snow in the Sierra Nevada. But, early snowmelt will cause flooding and require reservoirs to spill excess water that could threaten safety of California dams in the weeks to come. It’s time to stop looking up to the mountains for our water supply and start paying attention to our aquifers. Read more >

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Photo: NPS

Will the US Choose to Be on the Right Side of History and Welcome Climate Refugees?

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

How the US and the world respond to the growing global refugee crisis will be a defining moral issue for this generation. And understanding how climate change will impact the future flow of refugees and displaced persons is one of the most important challenges we face today. Read more >

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Droughts and Floods: How Climate Change is Affecting California’s Water Supply

, climate scientist

The beginning of the new year brought massive amounts of precipitation to the northern half of the Golden State. So much rain, in fact, that some rivers have flooded over their banks, damaging property and endangering lives. Read more >

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