‘Perfect droughts’ hit California water sources 6 times a century

Widespread "perfect droughts" affect southern California water sources about six times a century, according to a study of tree rings going back to 1126.

Mari Jensen-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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How deep roots help conifers survive drought

When conditions remain dry, do trees grow new roots to tap water sources or rely on established roots that already go deep? A new study has the answer.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Dec. 30, 2019 ~4 min

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Aloe has a trick that thirsty crops could use

Aloe and other succulents can thrive as houseplants despite little water. New research suggests a cellular trick of aloe's could lead to drought-proof crops.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
Aug. 6, 2019 ~3 min

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Raise costs for water in cities to better handle droughts?

A new simulation shows how changing the incentives for using and storing water could help deal with droughts while also meeting demand.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Aug. 2, 2019 ~8 min

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Network sounds the alarm to prevent famine from drought

A group called FEWS NET identifies famine risk factors and issues alerts to humanitarian NGOs and government agencies. Here's how it works.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
July 31, 2019 ~8 min

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Sierra Nevada pools and riffles are in trouble

"The high elevation zone you love to hike around in, and streams that you love to go fishing in, and places that you look to as your refuge for solace are changing."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
April 8, 2019 ~5 min

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To offset drought, retrofit older power plants

A retrofit for some older power plants could mitigate the surprisingly large impact of drought on their capacity.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
March 27, 2019 ~5 min

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Free ‘Drought Eye’ maps depict thermal stress

The free public website Drought Eye shows locations across the continental US where drought conditions may be occurring.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
March 5, 2019 ~4 min

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How will the Amazon deal with more severe droughts?

How the rainforest copes with drought really matters for the planet's climate.

Jessica Hanna-Michigan State • futurity
Feb. 7, 2019 ~5 min

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Tree rings show water loss stunts growth

A lack of water—not increasing temperatures—is limiting the growth of forest trees around the world, a new study shows.

Mari Jensen-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 24, 2019 ~4 min

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