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Keep up to date with the Southwest Climate Change Network news feeds. Drawing on a selection of high-quality credible sources, the feeds provide quick access to new and recent stories on climate change and energy in the Southwest, cutting-edge climate change research, and climate change solutions involving policy, new technology, and the private sector.

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EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standards on New Power Plants
September 26, 2013 | EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new national standards on carbon pollution emitted from new natural gas and coal power plants “in order to combat climate change and improve public health.” The new standards—a major part of President Obama’s Climate...

One in Ten U.S. Watersheds Are Stressed
September 26, 2013 | Environmental Research Letters

Almost one-tenth of water supplies in the U.S. are stressed, meaning demand outweighs supply, according to a new study published in Environmental Research Letters. The authors used a water supply stress index model to examine supply and demand in over 2100 watersheds across the U.S. In almost all of the country,...

Southern U.S. May Experience Longer West Nile Virus Season
September 16, 2013 | PNAS

In many locations across the southern U.S., climate changes may cause the length of the mosquito season to increase even as the summer mosquito population decreases, altering the risk of transmission of West Nile virus, according to a new study published in PNAS. The...

Coloradans Believe Global Warming Is Happening and More Should be Done to Address It
September 16, 2013 | Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

A new survey conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication found that 70 percent of Coloradans believe global warming is happening, and almost half (48 percent...

Water-Smart Choices Key to Reducing Energy Sector Vulnerabilities
July 19, 2013 | Department of Energy/Union of Concerned Scientists

The historically high temperatures and climate extremes of recent years, including drought, heat waves, intense storms, and intense wildfires, foretell conditions the energy sector will need to adapt to in order to maintain energy production and distribution in the future. Two new reports, from the...

Significant Decline in Abundance of Southern CA Coastal Fishes
July 19, 2013 | Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science

Since 1972, the abundance of coastal fishes in southern California has significantly declined, according to a new study published in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. The authors used a novel approach to determining fish abundance by using records of fish caught in the cooling systems of five coastal...

June Heat Grills the West
July 19, 2013 | NOAA

June was the 15th warmest and 13th wettest June on record for the contiguous U.S., according to the most recent State of the Climate report from NOAA. The western U.S. experienced June temperatures much higher than the rest of the country, with several cities breaking records. In 119 years of record, it was the...

New Tools, Ideas for Monitoring and Predicting Drought and its Impacts
July 11, 2013 | CLIMAS/SWCSC, NOAA

With drought covering much of the country and even intensifying in some areas, better understanding of its status and impacts would be extremely beneficial to anyone affected by drought. In an attempt to assist in this endeavor, CLIMAS, the Southwest Climate Science Center, and the...

North Pacific Ocean Temperatures Influence SW Precipitation
July 11, 2013 | Nature Geoscience

Sea surface temperatures in the North Pacific Ocean have influenced precipitation in the Southwest over the 20th century, according to a new study published in Nature Geoscience. The authors used oxygen isotopic data—which can be an indicator of both the amount and origin of precipitation—from...

Climate Change May Impede Regeneration of Conifer Forests
July 11, 2013 | Forest Ecology and Management

Regeneration of coniferous forests—including ponderosa pine—after large forest fires may become increasingly difficult as temperatures increase and precipitation potentially becomes more limited, according to a new study published in Forest Ecology and Management. The authors studied...