In California’s Klamath Basin, drought has long fueled tensions between growers, who depend on the water for irrigation, and the Klamath Tribes, who hold two protected fish species as sacred. So when the government cut off access to water for irrigation this summer, it reignited a decades-old feud between the groups over who gets to use what water remains. Is there a solution? Not long ago, one was on the table. Why did it vanish?
Also this week, a new study published in the scientific journal Nature confirmed the fear that many climate scientists had long been warning about: That the Amazon rainforest is now starting to release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the trees can suck up, thanks to deforestation and fires. “There is no doubt,” the Amazon is now a “source” of planet-warming emissions, the lead author of the study told Inside Climate News.