Thinning forests, prescribed fire before drought reduced tree loss

Who’d a thunk it, forest management might be a good idea?~ctm Treatments may reduce loss in future droughts and bark beetle epidemics University of California – Davis Thinning forests and conducting prescribed burns may help preserve trees in future droughts and bark beetle epidemics expected under climate change, suggests a study from the University of…

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Activists hope that fake news about droughts will win

Reposted from Fabius Maximus Blog Larry Kummer, Editor Climate change 19 May 2019 Summary: Activists hope that daily apocalyptic news stories about climate change will mold public opinion, no matter how much they exaggerate the science. For a stunning example, look at the news and facts about droughts. ID 50990297 © Kiosea39 | Dreamstime. The…

Washington Times: “Tornado Drought” Impacting Democrat Climate Change Narrative

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Nature refusing to play along with climate crisis narratives. ‘Tornado drought’ dampens Democrats’ climate-change narrative Bernie Sanders pushes climate-change narrative despite last year’s ‘tornado drought’ In the wake of last week’s deadly twister outbreak, Sen. Bernie Sanders declared that climate change is making tornadoes worse, to which the experts say:…

What drought? California snowpack is now above normal

Here’s some good news from the “weather not climate” department. The latest series of storms, part of an “atmospheric river” pattern, have increased California’s snowpack to anywhere from 110 to 115% above of normal for this time of year. The latest data from the Department of Water Resources shows that statewide average is above normal.…

Disentangling California Drought

Here is Jim Steele’s newest column article for the Tribune and 5 other Marin papers,~ctm Pacifica Tribune column, January 16, 2019 What’s Natural? Disentangling California Drought Devastating droughts are a great concern. Droughts disrupt ecosystems, agriculture, and drinking water supplies. Contrary to headlines suggesting we have only 12 years before descending into climate hell with…

Tree-ring analysis explains physiology behind drought intolerance

Public Release: 26-Dec-2018 Oregon State University CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tree rings tell the story of what’s happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research shows. Scientists at Oregon State University and Utah State University studied 2,800 hectares of mixed-conifer forest in central Oregon, with…

Droughts boost emissions as hydropower dries up

From Eurekalert Public Release: 21-Dec-2018 Droughts boost emissions as hydropower dries up Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences When hydropower runs low in a drought, western states tend to ramp up power generation – and emissions – from fossil fuels. According to a new study from Stanford University, droughts caused about 10 percent…