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California's Sierra Nevada Snowpack at 500-year Low

The snowpack in California's Sierra Nevada mountains probably shrank to the lowest in 500 years this year and climate change may cause further declines, worsening water shortages in the drought-stricken state, a U.S. study said on Monday. The snowpack in the mountain range this spring was just 5 percent of the average in the second half of the 20th century and scientists said the findings indicated "the 2015 low is unprecedented in the context of the past 500 years." The...

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