Researchers are getting a better picture of just how much the drought in the West has increased carbon emissions. Hydropower is a big source of energy there. And when water is scarce, grid operators often turn to coal and gas plants to make up for lost power. This can have a big impact on the environment and public health even in places far away.
Here & Now's Celeste Headlee learns more with Jake Bittle, a staff writer for our editorial partner, Grist.
This segment aired on July 12, 2023.