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Scientists see shrinking California snowpack as a harbinger
Scientists see shrinking California snowpack as a harbinger

State workers performed a California winter ritual Thursday, poking hollow aluminum tubes into Sierra Nevada meadows to measure the snowpack. In what scientists see as a harbinger, they didn't find much. "We will conceivably see more years like this in the future," said geologist Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. As the climate warms in coming decades, scientists say, the state's mountain snowpack could shrink by a third. By the end of the century, more than half of what functions as a huge natural reservoir could disappear. But that doesn't mean nature will provide less water to the Golden State: The latest climate...

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