Millions of people rely on the Colorado River, but the climate crisis is causing the river to dry up, putting many at risk of severe water shortages” according to new research. Longer periods of drought and rising temperatures have decreased the river’s annual flow by 20 percent compared to the last century. The researchers, who published their study in Science, say that global heating has caused mountain snowpacks that feed the river to disappear, which leads to increased evaporation.
By Jordan Davidson. EcoWatch. February 21, 2020.