Folsom Lake is a striking look at an extreme weather condition, DROUGHT. The people of this valley believe that this is the worst condition seen in 500 years of recorded history.
What causes these changes in nature? Where is our precious water resource? Scientist believe climate change is responsible for this extreme weather condition and patterns noticed around the world. Today, humans produce more waste than ever before due to the high need for more engines, factories, aeroplanes, etc., they claim. This type of production leads to fumes, smoke and water vapor released into the earth’s atmosphere. Eventually, these vapors lead to GLOBAL WARMING, a gradual increase of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants, that increase the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere.
Scientist also show that drought, like many other extreme weather conditions, are part of mother natures natural processes. This process occurs regardless of our industrial gains and how people consume or use resources. Further, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mentions, “Before humans, changes in climate resulted entirely from natural causes such as changes in Earth’s orbit, changes in solar activity, or volcanic eruptions.”
Climate change, either by global warming or natural processes, can have DEVASTATING consequences that can DEPLETE our water resources. In January 2014, California’s Governor Brown declared the need to learn more about these conditions in order to be prepared and assist in conservation efforts.
“We have to learn to manage wisely water, energy, land and our investments.” – Governor Brown.
In this video by The New York Times we take a look at how California is weathering three years with minimal rainfall. We see the San Luis Reservoir water levels and how farmers face difficult decisions in growing crops with this extreme climate.
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- According to The New York Times video, what are some alarming details about the San Luis Reservoir in Merced County, California?
- What consequences can severe drought bring to our local agriculture?
- Visit California Drought website and view the link “Save Our Water.” How can you prepare and assist in conservation efforts?
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