Climate change made a southwestern U.S. drought one of the worst in 1,200 years

Tree ring–based climate reconstructions examine dry spells going back over a millennium


The 2000–2018 drought that stretched across southwestern North America was nearly 50 percent more severe than it would have been otherwise due to climate change, a study finds.

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