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California Drought News: Cities getting hotter, salmon getting scarcer and water flowing uphill



The asphalt and concrete of Los Angeles absorb solar energy to create what's known as an
The asphalt and concrete of Los Angeles absorb solar energy to create what's known as an "urban heat island."
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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.

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)