California Could Face 35-Year Megadrought, Study Says

Researchers compare it to the 1930's Dust Bowl, but "much longer lasting."
1:44 | 09/03/14

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Transcript for California Could Face 35-Year Megadrought, Study Says
Southern California is in the grip of a drought that has gone on for three years the lack of rainfall has left the soil -- Wildfires have destroyed property and consumed thousands of acres of vegetation. A new study says things could get much worse. According to scientists these extreme conditions suggest we could be heading toward a mega drought in California and other parts of the southwest. Our results suggest that in the coming century. Depending on exactly where you are different depending on how. Yes. There's something like it's -- -- to 50% chance that may experience the -- They're -- years the study conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona and Cornell University. Says prolonged droughts occurred naturally every 400 to 600 years. A -- drought is a drug that's just as bad in terms of its severity just as dry as the big drought of the twentieth century so -- 1930s dust bowl 1950s drought. But much longer. -- site -- say they can't predict what will happen but they do say global warming. Increases the risk that California Arizona and New Mexico will be hit by a prolonged drought so we can't really weigh in on whether or not -- will turn into -- ago. All we can say where a lot of confidence is that. Even without climate change there's some risk of -- -- the impact could be devastating experts say we can't prepare for a mega drought to think of nearly half the teens didn't think about water. An ingredient used -- Because right now I'm. Your -- -- -- would be unsustainable he had. Amy Powell ABC seven Eyewitness News.

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