Years of Living Dangerously: Death of the Central Valley

Actor Don Cheadle is on the ground in California, where the worst drought in 1,200 years is devastating the nation’s most populous state and the world’s seventh-largest economy. He investigates how California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration is fighting the drought while also fighting climate change. Along the way, Cheadle meets a scientist who warns of a global water crisis, as well as a family of farmers whose lives may never be the same as they struggle to find water in the parched Central Valley. Season 2, Episode 3, original airdate, November 9, 2016.

Here is a nice supplementary video from our conversation.

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Author:Jay Famiglietti

Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, a professor and the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He and his research team use satellites and develop computer models to track changing freshwater availability and groundwater depletion around the world. Famiglietti is an active speaker, a frequent advisor to national and international government officials on water issues, and avid writer for the general public. In July 2018 he will join the faculty of University of Saskatchewan, where he will direct the Global Institute for Water Security.

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