California ‘browning’ more in the south during droughts

March 29, 2019
2 illustrated maps of California side by side showing the before and after impact of it being in a drought.

Like a climate chameleon, California turned brown during the 2012–16 drought, as vegetation dried or died off. But the change wasn’t uniform. According to research from UCLA and Columbia University, large areas of the northern part of the state were not severely affected, while Southern California became much browner than usual. Read More