The government's new assessment of how climate change is affecting the U.S. has dominated the current news cycle. One finding: droughts like California's current dry spell are likely to be longer and more frequent going forward.
- KPCC's Molly Peterson took a look at what droughts and heat waves amplified by climate change could mean for Southern California. The consequence — the "urban heat island effect" — has the word "island" in its name, but its effects are anything but idyllic. (KPCC)
- AP picked up on this story first reported by one of our KQED colleagues Lauren Sommer a couple weeks ago: State water officials are considering reversing the flow of some sections of the California Aqueduct in response to the drought.
State water engineers say using pumps to reverse the flow of the aqueduct would be a first in a drought. It would also be a complex engineering challenge, requiring millions of dollars to defy gravity. (San Jose Mercury News)
- Pacific-caught salmon are starting to show up in local supermarkets, but consumers should expect to pay more, because catch volumes are low. Salmon populations have dwindled over the past few years — a trend that's likely to continue if the drought persists. (SFGate)