The U.S. West is in the midst of a two-decade-long megadrought, the most extreme in at least 1,200 years. Other regions around the world are experiencing similar periods of extreme dryness. Reservoirs and snowpacks are at dangerously low levels. Hydroelectric facilities are at risk of shutting down. Cities are facing water shortages. And ecosystems are parched, raising the risk of wildfires and ecological damage. But amid all this chaos, there are also innovative solutions, policies, and technologies being tested to adapt to this drier future. Follow Grist as it delves into all aspects of drought — and sign up for our free weekly newsletter.
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