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California's Drought is the Result of Climate Change

As California experiences yet another year of drought, is it right to point the finger at climate change? Jeff Nesbit provides an unequivocal "yes" to that question.  

"Climate change intensified the California drought by fueling record-breaking temperatures that evaporated critically important snowpack, converted snow to rain, and dried out soils... In addition to fueling hot extremes, there is now considerable evidence that climate change was at least partly responsible for the dramatic fall-off in precipitation during the drought."  

"The unprecedented high-pressure weather pattern known as the 'ridiculously resilient ridge' that blocked storms from the state has been linked to climate change by researchers at Stanford University, while other researchers have also identified the fingerprint of global warming in the emergent high-pressure pattern."

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