When Living in California Means Fearing the Outdoors

When air quality gets bad from wildfires, people are left clinging to their air purifiers.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drought, #forests-and-forestry, #goats, #los-angeles-calif, #paradise-calif, #population, #rain, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #weather, #wildfires

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The Western Drought Is Bad. Here’s What You Should Know About It.

Answers to questions about the current situation in California and the Western half of the United States.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #drought, #global-warming, #reservoirs, #water, #weather

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Amid Historic Drought, a New Water War in the West

A drought crisis has erupted in the Klamath Basin along the California-Oregon border, with fish dying en masse and farmers infuriated that they have been cut off from their main water source.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #drought, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #irrigation, #klamath-falls-ore, #native-americans, #oregon, #salmon, #water, #wildlife-die-offs

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Taiwan Drought: Residents Pray for Rain and Scramble to Save Water

Some of the island’s lakes and reservoirs have nearly run dry. And water restrictions have forced many residents to modify how they shower, wash dishes and flush.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #drought, #rain, #reservoirs, #shortages, #sun-moon-lake-taiwan, #taichung, #taiwan, #typhoons, #water, #weather

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The Central California Town That Keeps Sinking

The very ground upon which Corcoran, Calif., was built has been slowly but steadily collapsing, a situation caused primarily not by nature but agriculture.

#agriculture-and-farming, #boswell-j-g-company, #corcoran-calif, #drought, #shortages, #water, #wells

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Why Corcoran California Keeps Shrinking

The very ground upon which Corcoran, Calif., was built has been slowly but steadily collapsing, a situation caused primarily not by nature but agriculture.

#agriculture-and-farming, #boswell-j-g-company, #corcoran-calif, #drought, #irrigation, #san-joaquin-valley-calif, #shortages, #water, #wells

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Semiconductor shortages continue to worsen, causing record order delays

Robotic arms assemble tiny electronic devices.

Enlarge / This machine is checking silicon wafers in a cleanroom lab—class 1 chip facilities must limit dust to 10 particles per cubic meter, 1/1000th the amount found in hospital operating theaters. (credit: Monty Rakusen via Getty Images)

Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Chris Rolland noted Tuesday that the wait time for all major semiconductor product categories is up considerably—from 16 weeks in March to 17 weeks in April. This represents the longest lead time—the elapsed time between placing an order and receiving products—that the industry has faced since 2017, when the firm began tracking this data.

Rolland said this lengthened lead time puts the industry in a “danger zone,” noting further that “elevated lead times often compel bad behavior [from] customers, including inventory accumulation, safety stock building, and double ordering.” In other words, major companies seeking VLSICs don’t behave very differently from consumers seeking toilet paper.

These shortages impact nearly all industries to some degree, with the heaviest impact falling on industries with long lead times of their own. In particular, the automotive sector is projecting $110 billion in lost sales this year due to factories sitting idle while waiting for components. Again mimicking last year’s pandemic-related toilet paper shortages, hoarding tends to make the gaps worse. As the lead times get longer, buyers become more likely to overorder and make supply chain problems worse.

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#chip-shortage, #drought, #taiwan, #tech, #tsmc

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Severe Drought, Worsened by Climate Change, Ravages the American West

Heat and shifting weather patterns have intensified wildfires and sharply reduced water supplies across the Southwest, the Pacific Coast and North Dakota.

#agriculture-and-farming, #albuquerque-nm, #california, #drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lake-mead, #north-dakota, #rain, #water, #wildfires

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The Meaning and History of a Controlled Burn

Wednesday: A small prescribed burn in Modoc County provided lessons on using good fires to fight bad ones.

#california, #drought, #forests-and-forestry, #national-park-service, #wildfires

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Warning Shot for California: A Los Angeles Wildfire in May

The Palisades fire, which remained uncontained on Monday afternoon, forced the evacuation of 1,000 people and hinted at the severity of the state’s drought.

#drought, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #pacific-palisades-calif, #wildfires

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The Hoover Dam Made Life in the West Possible. Or So We Thought.

Climate change threatens Las Vegas and every other desert oasis town.

#arizona, #colorado-river, #drought, #global-warming, #lake-mead, #lake-powell-utah-ariz, #las-vegas-nev, #water

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‘Firefighters Out There in the Snow’: Wildfires Rage Early in Parched West

Firefighters in New Mexico, Arizona and California are battling springtime blazes that have been fueled by a severe drought and boosted by climate change.

#arizona, #california, #drought, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #hualapai-mountains-ariz, #los-angeles-county-calif, #new-mexico, #southwestern-states-us, #wildfires

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Why Wildfires Are Raging Early in the West Due to Drought and Climate Change

Firefighters in New Mexico, Arizona and California are battling springtime blazes that have been fueled by a severe drought and boosted by climate change.

#arizona, #california, #drought, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #hualapai-mountains-ariz, #los-angeles-county-calif, #new-mexico, #southwestern-states-us, #wildfires

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Facing Droughts, California Challenges Nestlé Over Water Use

A draft cease-and-desist letter sent to BlueTriton — known until this month as Nestlé Waters North America — is the latest development in a yearslong battle over water resources in the San Bernardino area.

#bluetriton-brands-inc, #california, #california-water-resources-control-board, #drought, #forest-service, #nestle-waters-north-america, #plastic-bottles, #pollution, #san-bernardino-calif, #shortages, #water

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In Iraq, Drought and Abundance in the Mesopotamian Marshes

Once vengefully drained by Saddam Hussein, the wetlands in southeastern Iraq have since been partially restored. Now the region and its isolated settlements face a new set of challenges.

#deserts, #drought, #euphrates-river, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #photography, #tigris-river, #water, #wetlands

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How Debt and Climate Change Pose a ‘Systemic Risk to the Global Economy’

With dozens of countries struggling to manage both staggering debt and mounting climate disasters, some financial leaders are debating green debt relief.

#belize, #coast-erosion, #credit-and-debt, #credit-ratings-and-credit-rating-agencies, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #fiji, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #group-of-twenty, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #international-monetary-fund, #mozambique, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #world-bank

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Fab fires and drought threaten to make chip shortages worse

Semiconductor supply chains have not been having a good year. Shifts in demand brought on by COVID-19 have slammed into a series of fab and factory fires, the effects of which have been cascading throughout the global economy. Now, the semiconductor industry is being threatened by Taiwan’s worst drought in 67 years.

Chip shortages have rippled through various industries in recent months. Automakers have cut back production, citing supply issues. Automotive shortages are somewhat of the industry’s own making—when the pandemic hit over a year ago, automakers cut production and chip orders. Meanwhile, demand for consumer electronics surged, snapping up excess fab capacity. When car and truck sales rebounded months later, semiconductor manufacturers had no slack to meet demand. Recently, even consumer electronics companies have been finding it hard to secure a steady supply of chips for their products.

Taiwan’s drought began when typhoons failed to make landfall last year. Today, drought conditions cover a significant portion of the densely populated western third of Taiwan, extending from Hsinchu south to Kaohsiung, an arcing span of more than 150 miles on an island that’s only about 240 miles long. Water levels in major reservoirs have been as low as 10 percent of their capacity, and they’re currently being stabilized by water piped in from Taipei, which has so far avoided the worst of the drought.

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#drought, #fire, #japan, #policy, #semiconductors, #supply-chain, #taiwan

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Texas Crisis Exposes a Nation’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nuclear-energy, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #texas, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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Warming and Warnings From the High Himalayas

The region is warming much faster than much of the planet, and the consequences are already showing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #drought, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #himalayas, #monsoons, #research, #south-asia

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2020 Ties 2016 as Hottest Yet, European Analysis Shows

The global average temperature in 2020 was about 2.25 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average from 1850 to 1900, data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service indicates.

#drought, #el-nino-southern-oscillation, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #temperature, #wildfires

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2020 is Tied With 2016 as Hottest Year Ever on Record

The global average temperature in 2020 was about 2.25 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average from 1850 to 1900, data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service indicates.

#drought, #el-nino-southern-oscillation, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #temperature, #wildfires

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New analysis: Extreme flows in US streams are rising

Flooding in Midland, Michigan in May 2020 after heavy rains caused the failure of two dams.

Enlarge / Flooding in Midland, Michigan in May 2020 after heavy rains caused the failure of two dams. (credit: NASA EO)

Climate change involves direct consequences on the cycling of water through our environment. The warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, making intense rainstorms dump even more water than they used to. On the flip side, warmer air can suck even more moisture out of the ground through evaporation, worsening droughts. These things should obviously result in changes for streams. But the amount of water in streams varies wildly under normal conditions, and it can also be affected by more than just weather. Finding trends in that data has proven difficult.

A new study led by Evan Dethier at Dartmouth College set out to group streams into physically meaningful categories, to see if consistent patterns emerge once apples are separated from oranges. That analysis does reveal some trends—both in extremes of high flow and low flow.

Going with the flow

Many efforts have found mixed trends between streams when analyzing records of peak annual flows, where records tend to go back farther than constant measurements. Attempts to look for regional patterns have largely relied on grouping by arbitrary boxes or political boundaries, which only have a limited connection to the landscape.

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#climate-change, #drought, #flooding, #rivers, #science

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Nearly Half of the U.S. Is in Drought. It May Get Worse.

The most widespread drought in the continental United States since 2013 covers more than 45 percent of the Lower 48 states, federal scientists said.

#drought, #el-nino-southern-oscillation, #global-warming, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #weather

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New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors.

Climate change is taking a toll on woodlands in the Northeast.

#berkshires-mass, #drought, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #invasive-species, #land-use-policies, #massachusetts, #new-england-states-us, #wildfires

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Heat and Drought Team Up More Frequently, With Disastrous Results

A new study finds that what used to be a rare weather double whammy has been occurring more frequently in recent decades because of climate change.

#drought, #global-warming, #research, #science-advances-journal, #weather, #wildfires

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My Family Had Suffered Loss After Loss. Then Came the Dragon Fruit.

In an area devastated by droughts and erratic rainfall, I took a chance on a bright little magenta ball of hope.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #costa-rica, #drought, #fruit, #rural-areas

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Brazil Pantanal Scorched by Fires

The blazes in Brazil, often intentionally set, have scorched a record-setting 10 percent of the Pantanal, one of the most biologically diverse habitats on the planet.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-river-basin, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #drought, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #pantanal-brazil, #politics-and-government, #wetlands, #wildfires

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Roaming Through Lanzarote’s Otherworldly Vineyards

The desolate beauty of the winemaking tradition on Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands, is evidence of human resilience in the face of adversity.

#canary-islands, #drought, #europe, #grapes, #islands, #shakespeare-william, #travel-and-vacations, #volcanoes, #wines

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In Parched Southwest, Warm Spring Renews Threat of ‘Megadrought’

Rapid melting this year showed that good snowpack doesn’t necessarily translate into full reservoirs.

#colorado-river, #drought, #environment, #global-warming, #loveland-pass-colo, #reservoirs, #rio-grande-river, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southwestern-states-us, #united-states-geological-survey

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What a Week’s Disasters Tell Us About Climate and the Pandemic

Extreme weather presents an even bigger threat when economies are crashing and ordinary people are stretched to their limits.

#bangladesh, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyclone-amphan, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #famine, #floods, #global-warming

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The Sound of One Shrimp Snapping

How climate change is altering nature’s sonic landscape.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #australia, #birds, #drought, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #frogs, #global-warming, #krause-bernie, #nagelkerken-ivan, #oceans-and-seas, #puerto-rico, #reproduction-biological, #spring-season, #summer-season, #weather, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-science

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Southwest Drought Rivals Those of Centuries Ago, Thanks to Climate Change

The drought that has gripped the American Southwest since 2000 is as bad as or worse than droughts in the region over the past 1,200 years, a new study finds.

#columbia-university, #drought, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lamont-doherty-earth-observatory, #southwestern-states-us

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China Limited the Mekong’s Flow. Other Countries Suffered a Drought.

New research show that Beijing’s engineers appear to have directly caused the record low levels of water in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

#cambodia, #china, #drought, #hydroelectric-power, #laos, #levees-and-dams, #mekong-river, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #thailand, #vietnam, #water

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