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The Biden administration has announced steps to address the crisis in the Colorado River Basin. The region has become drier and warmer after 22 years of drought made worse by climate change. The Bureau of Reclamation will create a new plan to pay farmers and ranchers in the Lower Basin of the Colorado River—including California, Arizona, and Nevada—not to take water out of Lake Mead. In addition, $0.5 billion will be used to upgrade efficiencies in the Upper Basin States of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico.
Even though there has been less precipitation in the country, a new study shows that when it does rain, it’s coming down harder in most places except in the West. Researchers from Northwestern University compared daily precipitation, including both rain and snow, during the 30 years of the 1950s, ‘60s, and '70s, to the 30 years ending in 2020.
A blowhole is a crack or opening in coastal rock from which large sprays of air—and sometimes water—are forcefully expelled as waves break along the shore. The high-pressure releases are exciting to watch (albeit very dangerous to stand near) and they’ve also been the inspiration for what could be one of the cheapest forms of renewable energy on the planet.
If you’re in France and headed to a pool, you’ll probably bring your swimsuit, towel, goggles…and a wetsuit? Most likely, because in response to soaring energy prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, hot water heating has become too expensive, so operators are having to dial down the temperature.
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