Experts Say Drought, Wildfire Risk to Persist Across Much of US This Fall

As historic wildfires continue to burn across California, Oregon and other Western states, government climate experts say much of the U.S. is likely to see persistent drought conditions and fire risk alongside continued above-average temperatures through the fall.

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Planet in Peril: Near-Record Hot July and Greenland Ice Sheet Past the Tipping Point

Plenty of climate news Thursday but none of it is good for planet Earth or humanity: July 2020 was the second warmest July on record, the Arctic has less ice this summer than in 42 years of record-keeping, and Greenland’s ice sheet has melted so badly that even if global warming ended today, it would keep melting until it vanishes.

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Flow Requirements

The California State Water Resources Control Board’s emergency orders during a drought, which set minimum water flow requirements for three tributaries of the Sacramento River, were not unreasonable or arbitrary, an appeals court in the state ruled. The orders were necessary to protect Chinook salmon and steelhead trout — two threatened fish species.

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Climate-Related Disasters Boost Risk of Conflict in Vulnerable Countries

Droughts will linger longer and flood waters will reach further inland due to climate change in the coming years, and those disasters will also prove to exacerbate armed conflicts in developing countries across the globe, new research posits.

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