“Experts have long pondered the cause of the crisis that led to the collapse of civilization in the Late Bronze Age, and now believe that by studying grains of fossilized pollen they have uncovered the cause.
“In a study published Monday in Tel Aviv: Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University, researchers say it was drought that led to the collapse in the ancient southern Levant.”
“Some of the West’s leading fire scientists are calling for the increased use of managed burns to reduce fuel levels in the region’s forests, warning that climate change is leaving them more vulnerable to large, high-severity wildfires.
“In a paper published Friday in the journal Science, seven fire and forest ecologists say the rate of fuel reduction and restoration treatments is far below what is needed to help sustain forest landscapes in an era of rising temperatures and increased drought.”
“The top water official in Las Vegas is floating the idea of seeking federal disaster aid to deal with ongoing drought and decreasing water levels at the Colorado River reservoir that provides most of Sin City’s water.
“With federal water managers due next week to release Lake Mead water level forecasts, Southern Nevada Water Authority chief Pat Mulroy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that she thinks drought could hurt the Southwest as much as Superstorm Sandy did the Atlantic seaboard in 2012.”
From the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region website:
Michael L. Connor, commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior, testified July 16 before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water and Power on the “Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study.”
An excerpt from his statement: “Today the Colorado River is facing a record drought. The period from 2000 to 2013 is shaping up to be the lowest 14-year period in the over 100-year historical record for the Colorado River.
“A warning letter went out this week says that even the state’s most secure water rights might not be totally secure during a dry year.
“The State Water Resources Control Board sent out the notice, which suggests landowners be realistic about what they plant later in the year, and suggested steps to take in case less water is available.”
“Two years of dry weather and regulatory water cuts are taking a mounting toll on California’s giant farm belt, forcing farmers to idle more fields and workers even as much of the rest of the Golden State continues to recover from a debilitating recession.”
“The solution to drought is not simply more water project construction – certainly not without the water policy reforms that the water hierarchy in Sacramento and Washington has spent decades, and tens of millions of dollars, battling in the courts and Congress.”
The latest domestic energy boom is sweeping through some of the nation’s driest pockets, drawing millions of gallons of water to unlock oil and gas reserves from beneath the Earth’s surface. … In Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming, the vast majority of the counties where fracking is occurring are also suffering from drought, according to an Associated Press analysis of industry-compiled fracking data and the U.S.