According to a Stanford University study, California’s chronic drought conditions seem to have led to more fossil fuel use as a result of less water available for hydropower.
The Colorado River, which serves seven states in the American Southwest, will likely have a shortage of water by 2020 and the federal government has ordered the states to plan for drought conditions.
Groundwater is an essential resource around the world and researchers once believed it was almost limitless. But new research shows it may be scarcer than previously thought.
As fires continue to rage throughout the western states, particularly California and Colorado, more than 4.6 million acres have been lost. According to a University of Oregon researcher, many factors are at work.
Wildfires continue to scorch forests in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, and a persistent drought in the region has exacerbated the damage and threat to populated areas.