Worst Megadrought in Centuries Emerging in U.S., Scientists Warn

Climate change is driving drought that could be worse than anything in recorded history, scientists warn, based on climate model and observations on the ground

Ruth Schuster
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Climatologists have been predicting megadrought in the western United States and northern Mexico but it seems to have already begun, scientists suggest in Science on Thursday. While the combination of natural circumstances could have caused a megadrought at this time anyway, this one – exacerbated by global warming – could be the worst in thousands of years, the team warns.

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