Is climate change killing California?

California is the world’s top producer of fruits, nuts, and vegetables, and by 2050, it may be the world’s largest wine producer, according to projections from a California research team. But climate change is expected to worsen the state’s many problems, from more droughts to more wildfires.

The research team, from the California Institute of Technology and the U.S. Geological Survey, looked at rainfall and temperatures in California over the past 3,000 years and found that rain has increased by around 18 percent per decade over that time span. With global warming, their simulations suggest that rainfall will increase as well, by nearly 50 percent in 2030 and by nearly 100 percent in 2100.

Because of that, the scientists say that the odds of California experiencing more intense rainstorms that cause flood and landslides are increased, as are the odds of experiencing “extreme” wildfire seasons, where hotter temperatures accelerate the spread of flames. For a state known for its destruction, that’s a potentially lethal prospect.

Learn more about the research in the Sound Off. Read the full article here.

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