Scientists Link Low River Flows With Driving, Other Human Activities

In a daunting prediction, researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, say that “water shortages, lack of storage capability to meet seasonally changing river flow, transfers of water from agricultural to urban uses and other critical impacts” will become the norm in the U.S. west. “They found that most changes in river flow, temperature and snow pack between 1950 and 1999 can be attributed to human activities, such as driving, that release emissions including carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.” Erica Werner of the Associated Press.

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