Think the Southwest’s Drought Is Bad Now? It Could Last A Generation Or More

September 3, 2014 9:56 AM

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Think the Southwest’s Drought Is Bad Now? It Could Last A Generation Or More

Late-summer 2014 has brought uncomfortable news for residents of the US Southwest—and I'm not talking about 109-degree heat in population centers like Phoenix.

A new study by Cornell University, the University of Arizona, and the US Geological Survey researchers, looked at the deep-historical record (tree rings, etc.) and the latest climate change models to estimate the likelihood of major droughts in the Southwest over the next century. The results are as...

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