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Southwestern megadroughts evidence revealed

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Cooling trend could be on way unless thwarted by greenhouse gases

There’s an old saying that if you don’t like the weather in New Mexico, wait five minutes. Maybe it should be amended to 10,000 years, according to new research.
In a letter published recently in the journal Nature, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers and an international team of scientists report that the Southwest region of the United States undergoes “megadroughts”—warmer, more arid periods lasting hundreds of years or longer. More significantly, a portion of the research indicates that an ancient period of warming may be analogous to natural present-day climate conditions. If so, a cooler, wetter period may be in store for the region, unless it is thwarted by increased concentrations of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere that could warm the planet.


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