Researchers have published two scientific studies that demonstrate expanding arid temperatures in the American West threaten sensitive water supplies for cities and rural areas.
The federal spending bill signed on March 23 included $15 million to help relocate an Alaskan village that is threatened by rising water due to climate change. The Ninglick River is heading toward Newtok homes and structures at a rate of about 70 feet per year.
Southern California’s autumn months are getting hotter and the region has had less rain in recent years, prompting many meteorologists to predict another drought for the state. This weather pattern, however, is in contrast to Northern California, which received a record amount of rainfall last year, effectively ending the state’s five-year drought.
President Donald Trump hopes to increase funding that would make cities and towns more resilient to storms and fires caused by climate change. The president’s $44 billion emergency spending budget earmarks $12 billion for communities most prone to flooding.
A recent Washington State University study relying on climate modeling demonstrates that the Olympic Peninsula and Cascade Mountain Range areas will be increasingly vulnerable to landslides in the next three decades.