By mid-century, climate change effects on irrigation could diminish crop yields around the country. Nowhere else would this be more dramatic, according to a new study, than in the American Southwest.
As the planet warms, meteorologists find it harder to predict weather patterns. But wildly fluctuating temperatures also challenge how water system managers do their jobs. Unpredictable changes in weather affect storm preparedness and even national security.
Housing supply across the country has declined for the past two years and this scarcity has caused homeownership to hit a near 50-year low. Now, with more than 80 million millennials nearing home buying age, the shortage is expected to only worsen.
Californians living in hundreds of small, unincorporated communities have unsafe water and inadequate wastewater systems because they can’t afford expensive water treatment facilities.
Rural roads across the nation are suffering from years of neglect and decreased maintenance funding, and in turn, this affects regional economies, a new report shows. California’s rural byways, moreover, rank among the worst.