Circa 1983, an early view of climate change and western water

From New York Times reporter Philip Shabecoff’s October 1983 piece examining some of the more significant findings in a new National Academies report on the implications of climate change:

Paul E. Waggoner, a member of the assessment committee, said in an interview that ”people in California will be drinking their water,” instead of using it for irrigated farming.

The report was entitled “Changing climate : report of the Carbon Dioxide Assessment Committee / Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Resources, National Research Council.” Here’s the chapter by Waggoner and Roger Revelle on the implications of climate change for the Colorado River and western water.

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