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The challenge of hot drought

An analysis of North American drought variability over the past millennium shows that it is not unusual for widespread drought to persist for years, prompting fresh thinking about our ability to deal with such climate conditions.

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Figure 1: The 2012 North American drought.

MAP: BENJAMIN COOK; DATA SOURCE: CLIMATIC RESEARCH UNIT/UNIV. EAST ANGLIA

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Overpeck, J. The challenge of hot drought. Nature 503, 350–351 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/503350a

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