Climate change is making droughts more likely to occur - and more severe when they do - in parts of the United States.
While the US is no stranger to drought, climate change has exacerbated drought conditions so that when droughts occur, it is in a hotter climate and, in some cases, with lower precipitation. This has serious consequences on the quality and quantity of water available for use by people and ecosystems. Droughts worsened by climate change are impacting agriculture, energy production, industry, recreation and are having serious consequences on human health and wellbeing. Disadvantaged groups suffer disproportionately from the adverse effects of climate change, resulting in greater inequality.
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