October 28, 2020
What Megadrought Means for the West
As climate change experts warn that our climate will only continue to get hotter if we don’t take decisive action on climate soon, we spoke with experts across the region to understand what megadrought means for people across the West.
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It is no secret, our region is getting hotter, and hotter, and we can feel it.
For the West, this most recent record-breaking hot summer and exceedingly dry fall come after even more disturbing news that our region has been experiencing what scientists now recognize as a historic, multi-decadal megadrought. In other words, the extremely dry and prolong drought conditions the West has been experiencing over the last two decades are comparable to some of the worst periods on record.
The scientists who made this discovery noted that the conditions driving this drought to historic proportions are in part due to global temperature rise attributed to climate change.
As climate change experts warn that our climate will only continue to get hotter if we don’t take decisive action on climate soon, we spoke with some of WRA’s water experts, as well as with a Colorado rancher and a Navajo tribal water official to understand what this drought means for people across the West, and what we can do to protect our rivers in the face of a megadrought.