New Mexico Climate Change News
Stories in this feed are from newspapers in New Mexico courtesy of Environmental Health News.
The debate over the causes of climate change continues to rage, but federal, state and tribal agencies aren't waiting around for the argument to be settled. They believe climate change is here, and they're working on ways to help wildlife, land and communities adapt.
Coal-fired power plants that generate electricity and provide hundreds of jobs in New Mexico also produce the most greenhouse-gas emissions in the state, according to reports from the utilities to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Cap-and-trade opponents claim oil and gas prospectors are shunning the state, citing uncertainty.
Climate change is real, and a panel of physicists at a public forum said that to ignore it is to increase the chances of a global catastrophe.
The timing of aspen leaf changes and other natural events such as pollination, bird nesting and animal mating are all important to scientists studying climate change. Citizens can help scientists track the events by recording observations of aspens and 299 other plant and animal species through the USA National Phenology Network.
The city of Santa Fe handily came through the worst six-month drought for January through June on record without making residents give up outdoor watering. Now city water planners want to adjust their long-range water plan to anticipate even worse conditions expected due to climate change.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed rules to reduce air pollution from oil and gas drilling operations that would require oil and gas producers to capture emissions from hydraulic fracturing that escape into the air.
Another climate change battle is brewing in Washington as Republicans and some Democrats move to block or delay moves by the Environmental Protection Agency to set new standards for greenhouse gas emissions.
Former U.S. Sen. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, a geologist and Apollo astronaut who bucks conventional theory on human-caused global warming, was named Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez to head the state's Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.
Farmington City Council voted to appeal a decision by state regulators approving a cap-and-trade program, setting the stage for a protracted legal battle that will involve reducing pollution versus protecting economic interests.