Decrease in water resources to challenge Western states, report on climate change concludes
Yesterday an extensive report examining climate impacts on U.S. ecosystems was released by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. The report titled "The effects of climate change on agriculture, land resources, water resources and biodiversity in the United States" integrates the federal research of 13 agencies. Among its findings are that climate change is already affecting U.S. water resources. Read more.
Wednesday's New York Times reports on the study that Western states will face substantial challenges because of growing demand for water and big projected drops in supplies.
From 2040 to 2060, anticipated water flows from rainfall in much of the West are likely to approach a 20 percent decrease in the average from 1901 to 1970, and are likely to be much lower in places like the fast-growing Southwest. In contrast, runoff in much of the Midwest and East is expected to increase that much or more. Read more.