13 Nov '12, 5pm

Water Supply in a Warming World, Part 2

The likelihood of unusually low-snowfall years increases over time in this animation of the data collected by the Stanford University professor Noah Diffenbaugh. As the colors move from blue to green to yellow to orange to red in coming decades, the likelihood of less snow increases. The latest issue of the journal Nature Climate Change included what might be viewed as a scholarly good-news/bad-news riff on future supplies of fresh water around the world. The good news, as described here by my colleague Justin Gillis, is that climate change is likely to lead to a greater number of fierce rainstorms, which could do more to recharge groundwater aquifers in some parts of the world. The bad news is that climate change is likely to lead to smaller snowpacks in mountain ranges and even on lower ground throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from the Cascades, Rocky Mountains and Sie...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/13/water-supply-in...

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