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Global Warming Challenges Salt Lake City's Water Supply

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Salt Lake water supply
(image by Patrick Nelson, Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities)

In an example of the challenges water-strapped Western cities will face in a warming world, new research shows that every degree Fahrenheit of warming in the Salt Lake City region could mean a 1.8 to 6.5 percent drop in the annual flow of streams that provide water to the city. [Utah is noted for having 'the best snow on earth.' This has to do with the effect of the Great Salt Lake and the elevation on the ski areas, where snow doesn't melt so much as evaporate. One might think that the politicians here and ski owners in particular would be on the leading edge of slowing and ideally reversing global warming.]

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