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News - March 28, 2012

Scientist sees dire climate-change impacts

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story had incorrect information. The story quoted the scientist as saying that if worldwide carbon emissions continue to rise at the present rate, rising temperatures could cause the Sierra Nevada to lose 80 percent of its winter snowpack in just 40 years. The correct numbers are that the Sierra Nevada could lose 80 percent of its winter snowpack by the end of the century (not 40 years), according to Leslie C. Gordon, a USGS spokesperson. By Chris Cooney Bay City News Service If worldwide carbon emissions continue at the present rate, rising temperatures could cause the Sierra Nevada to lose 80 percent of its winter snowpack by the end of the century, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist said in a talk March 22 at the Menlo Park USGS campus.

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