The West without Water

What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us about Tomorrow

Author: B. Lynn Ingram,Frances Malamud-Roam

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520954807

Category: Nature

Page: 280

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The West without Water documents the tumultuous climate of the American West over twenty millennia, with tales of past droughts and deluges and predictions about the impacts of future climate change on water resources. Looking at the region’s current water crisis from the perspective of its climate history, the authors ask the central question of what is "normal" climate for the West, and whether the relatively benign climate of the past century will continue into the future. The West without Water merges climate and paleoclimate research from a wide variety of sources as it introduces readers to key discoveries in cracking the secrets of the region’s climatic past. It demonstrates that extended droughts and catastrophic floods have plagued the West with regularity over the past two millennia and recounts the most disastrous flood in the history of California and the West, which occurred in 1861–62. The authors show that, while the West may have temporarily buffered itself from such harsh climatic swings by creating artificial environments and human landscapes, our modern civilization may be ill-prepared for the future climate changes that are predicted to beset the region. They warn that it is time to face the realities of the past and prepare for a future in which fresh water may be less reliable.

Climate Change and American Policy

Key Documents, 1979-2015

Author: John R. Burch, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476665273

Category: Political Science

Page: 340

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Climate change has long been a contentious issue, even before its official acknowledgment as a global threat in 1979. Government policies have varied widely, from Barack Obama's dedication to environmentalism to George W. Bush's tacit minimizing of the problem to Republican officials' refusal to acknowledge the scientific evidence supporting anthropogenic climate change. Presented chronologically, this collection of important policy-shaping documents shows how the views of both advocates and deniers of climate change have developed over the past four decades.

Droughts and Crop Failure

Author: Linda Ivancic

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1502638371

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 80

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In the twenty-first century, droughts have become more common and more prolonged in many areas around the world. Among other effects, droughts have a significant impact on the crops that feed us. This book explores the topics of drought and crop failure throughout history and in modern times. Through detailed photographs, sidebars, and Did You Know boxes, it presents a vivid overview of droughts and crop failure around the world, examines the causes of such events, and studies key people and organizations creating new technologies that battle droughts and crop failure. Finally, this book delves into the technologies themselves, exploring their usefulness today and considering how they might be improved upon in the future.

Congressional Record

Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress

Author: United States. Congress

Publisher: N.A


Category: Law

Page: N.A

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