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Drought could be California's new normal, Stanford study says

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SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 28:  A pipe emerges from dried and cracked earth that used to be the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir  on January 28, 2014 in San Jose, California. Now in its third straight year of drought conditions, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years, and reservoirs throughout the state have low water levels. Santa Clara County reservoirs are at 3 percent of capacity or lower. California Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency to speed up assistance to local governments, streamline water transfers and potentially ease environmental protection requirements for dam releases.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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A study out of Stanford University states that California is in a new climate regime and drought may be a constant fixture.

Stanford scientists say the state is much more likely to experience current drought conditions because of human-caused climate change.

California is much more likely to experience drought conditions in the future, according to a team of scientists at Stanford University. The reason? Us humans.

The research included a look back at 120 years of the state's observed historical record as well as international climate models. 

For more on the study, Host A Martinez spoke with Noah Diffenbaugh, Professor of Earth System Science at Stanford University and lead scientist on the drought study

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