California could face Semi-Drought State in 50 Years: Study
A new study has found that weather changes are going to turn California in a semi-permanent state of drought in next 50 years.
The researchers found that the July this year was the warmest seen in since January 1880. The situation was different in California then when Rutherford B. Hayes was President and the US had only 38 provinces.
The scientists also warned that the magnitude of drought like situations was going to rise. Market analysts said that the intense climate change could also have an impact on the state economy.
University of California economists estimated the cost of changing climate at $2.74 billion this year. This expense was likely to get higher in view of the sufferings in the agricultural sector.
The hot weather has also been sucking moisture from the plants and soil.
Lead author A. Park Williams, a bioclimatologist at Columbia University said, “Contrary to what many people believe that rainfall is the only thing that matters, warming up of Earth causes a change in the baseline amount of water available.”
The researchers analysed month-by-month data including precipitation, temperature, humidity, and wind from 1901 to 2014. They found that, on an average, the temperatures went up by 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit regularly.
The study revealed an estimated increase of 8 to 27 % in the global warming. Williams, however, said that this estimation is likely to increase upto 15 to 20% in years approaching.
The researchers were hopeful that rainfall towards end of year will bring temporary relief to crops.
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