- Colorado River flows were, on average, nearly 20 percent below the 1906-1999 average between 2000 and 2014, according to the study, published in the journal Water Resources Research earlier this month.
- That’s a reduction of about 2.9 million acre-feet of water per year. To put that in context: It’s been estimated that one acre-foot of water is the amount used by a family of four in one year.
- The multi-year drought in California receives far more press, but the Colorado River drought is just as severe and will also have far-reaching impacts, note the researchers with the University of Arizona (UA) and Colorado State University (CSU) who authored the study.
Original article: The 21st Century Colorado River Hot Drought and Implications for the Future
By Jeremy Hance
Snow leopards are showing up on camera traps in places they’d never been seen before – thanks to an innovative programme in Kyrgyzstan.
Sometimes wildlife champions come as high as heads of state. Since taking office in 2011 the current president of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, has turned the former Soviet Republic into a centre point for snow leopard conservation and research. Perhaps the best symbol of Atambayev’s commitment to snow leopards are recent camera trap photos showing the elusive, high-altitude predator roaming Shamshy Wildlife Reserve. Just two years ago, Shamshy was a concession for high-paying trophy hunters looking to bag an ibex. Today, it’s protecting those prey animals that snow leopards depend on. Read more...