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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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January 18, 2013 | NOAA/Climatic Change

Last year was the 10th warmest year for the globe since records began in 1880, making it the 36th consecutive year in which global temperatures were above average, according to a recent analysis by NOAA. What’s more, all 12 years in the 21st century have been among the 14 warmest years on record, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as warmest and second warmest, respectively. Many regions experienced...


January 18, 2013 | GLOBE International

Despite a lack of national and international climate legislation to avoid dangerous climate change, a new report finds that many countries are taking steps in the right direction and “have progressed or are progressing significant climate and/or energy-related legislation.” Produced by GLOBE International, in partnership with the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics,...


January 18, 2013 | Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres

Black carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels for transportation and industrial/residential uses and from fires are the second most important emission in forcing atmospheric warming, next to carbon dioxide, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research. The recent estimates are twice as high as past ones, reported BBC News. Reducing emissions from...


January 10, 2013 | NOAA

The contiguous U.S. experienced its warmest year on record last year, with the average annual temperature 3.2 degrees F above average and—at 55.3 degrees F—a full degree warmer than the previous record set in 1998, according to the annual State of the Climate report from NOAA. Each of the lower 48 states had temperatures above average; 19 states—including Utah, New Mexico, and Texas—had record...


January 10, 2013 | USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 597 counties in 14 states as natural disaster areas due to the persistent drought and heat, making them the first disaster designations of 2013. The designations include 17 counties in Utah, 4 in Arizona, 19 in New Mexico, 9 in Nevada, 157 in Texas, and 30 in Colorado. These counties experienced a classification of at least severe drought for...


January 10, 2013 | NOAA NESDIS

Temperatures in the Southwest U.S. are predicted to increase, with the greatest warming (3.5-6.5 degrees F) in the summer season and a localized maximum in central Utah, according to a new technical report produced as part of a series of regional climate descriptions by the NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service prepared as input for the U.S. National Climate...


January 10, 2013 | DOI/DOE/EPA

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, and Environmental Protection Agency have announced they will work together and support Arizona and tribal stakeholders to find ways to produce clean power from the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in northern Arizona on the Navajo Indian reservation, about 15 miles from the Grand Canyon. The NGS provides power to parts of...


Early Storms Bring Rain, Snow to SW
January 4, 2013 | CLIMAS

Temperatures during late November and early December were more than 2 degrees F above average in Arizona and New Mexico, according to the December Climate Outlook from CLIMAS. In fact, in many parts of eastern New Mexico, temperatures were as high as 6 degrees F above average....


Water Runoff to Decline in SW
January 4, 2013 | Nature Climate Change

In the period 2021-2040, several regions in the Southwest will experience reduced soil moisture and runoff, according to a recent study published in Nature Climate Change. The authors examined changes in precipitation, evapotranspiration (evaporation from both soils and plants), runoff, and soil...


263-Mile Water Pipeline to Las Vegas Approved
January 4, 2013 | Associated Press

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has given the Southern Nevada Water Authority the right of way to install a 263-mile pipeline that will transport billions of gallons of groundwater from rural areas in eastern Nevada to Las Vegas, reports the Associated Press. According to the water authority’s...