California's drought linked to greenhouse gases, climate change

September 30, 2014 12:51 AM

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California's drought linked to greenhouse gases, climate change

California's extraordinary drought is linked to the abundance of greenhouse gases created by burning fossil fuels and clearing forests, according to a major new paper Stanford scientists released Monday morning.

The new study used a combination of computer simulations and statistical techniques to show that the high pressure system parked over the Pacific Ocean -- diverting storms away from California -- is much more likely to form in the presence of concentrations of greenhouse gases.

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