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One Planet: How Climate Change Is Fueling Megadroughts In The Western US

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A dry riverbed in California

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing a new study from Columbia University about an emerging climate-driven megadrought in the Western US.

Researchers used hydrological modeling and tree-ring reconstructions of summer soil moisture to show that the period from 2000 to 2018 was the driest 19-year span since the late 1500s.

 

Guests:

Jay Lund, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis

Benjamin Cook, research physical scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York

Jim Robbins, veteran journalist and author of The Wonder of Birds: What they Tell Us About the World, Ourselves and a Better Future

Web Resources:

The Earth Institute, Columbia University: Climate-Driven Megadrought Is Emerging in Western U.S., Says Study

Napa Valley Register: California and the West may be in a rare 'megadrought,' researchers say

The San Francisco Chronicle: California, rest of the West sinking into a rare mega-drought, scientists say

California Water Blog

YaleEnvironment360: CRISIS ON THE COLORADO

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.