Hateful Little Cannibal Squirrels Could Help California Drought

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife/Wikimedia Commons

Farmers hate Belding’s ground squirrels. But they may be an essential piece of the state’s ecosystems.

Here’s How Much the Storm Is Helping California’s Epic Drought

California flood

The short answer: It’s a drop in the bucket. 

New Study: California’s Epic Drought Probably Wasn’t Caused by Climate Change

Thanks to an ongoing severe drought, water levels are extremely low at southern California's Lake Piru. Ringo Chiu/ZUMA

But rising temperatures might be making it worse.

Watch Drought Take Over the Entire State of California in One GIF

The National Drought Mitigation Center

It started off bad, then it got worse. And then it got much, much worse.

This Is How Much America Spends Putting Out Wildfires

Fire crews burn out an area at the Shirley Fire near Lake Isabella, Calif., on Sunday. Stuart Palley/ZUMA

As California burns, the way the feds fight wildfires doesn’t jibe with the reality of climate change.

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