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Effects of California drought for your research paper

Some good research paper topics could be to write about the current years-long California drought, one of the most severe droughts on record. Farmers are especially hard hit as California is one of the biggest agricultural producers in the country.

This image shows the spread of “exceptional” drought in California. The latest data is from July 30, 2014. (Credit: The National Weather Service)

This image shows the spread of “exceptional” drought in California. The latest data is from July 30, 2014. (Credit: The National Weather Service)

Water shortages are pervasive and water conservation is key. For your next term paper, consider writing about the drought in California and its affects for the state and for the global economy. Read more

Researching current events: The California drought—is America running out of water?

A dry riverbed in California. (Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

A dry riverbed in California. (Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

With 2014 just one month underway, Federal officials already have designated parts of 11 states as natural disaster areas due to lack of rainfall. The California drought is causing a great deal of concern, particularly for farmers and ranchers who have, and will continue, to bear the brunt of the lack of water. Researching California’s past struggles with drought may yield insight into the current problem, but historical reflection may not yield answers to the current problem. Climate change is also likely to be affecting the rainfall amounts in the West. All of this may leave you wondering—is California’s drought just the beginning of America running out of water? Read more