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Written primarily by guest authors, feature articles provide "on-the-ground" perspectives and credible assessments of various topics related to climate change solutions and science, with an emphasis on the Southwest.

Recent freeze events: Natural variability or weird weather?

Posted by Melanie Lenart | on April 03, 2013
Recent freezing events highlight how challenging it remains to forecast some aspects of climate with enough accuracy that Southwest farmers, gardeners, and other growers can take steps to respond to it more than a week or two in advance.

Southwest must make choices about future climate

Posted by Melanie Lenart | on March 01, 2013
This article is the second in a two-part series considering the findings of a new climate assessment for the Southwest, scheduled for release this spring. This article explores the climate choices facing the region.

Increased health woes among climate change impacts

Posted by Melanie Lenart | on January 25, 2013
This article is the first in a two-part series considering the findings of a new climate assessment for the Southwest. This part explores health issues and vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on tribes.

ENSO-Neutral: Another Dry Winter?

Posted by Zack Guido | on December 03, 2012
A once-promising winter forecast for an El Niño-and the wet conditions it often brings to the Southwest-has dissipated. Now, it appears a neutral phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, or ENSO, is moving in, diminishing chances for copious winter rain and snow in the region.

The Costs of Drought on the Rio Grande

Posted by Zack Guido | on September 28, 2012
This article is the second in a two-part series exploring effects of the current drought in New Mexico's Lower Rio Grande Valley and impacts to pecan farming. Part one discussed observed and expected changes in water supply and how regional water managers are responding.