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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 Will Miss GHG Emissions Deadline
September 22, 2011 | Huffington Post

The EPA just announced that it will miss its September 30 deadline for issuing new rules on greenhouse gas emissions. According to the article in the Huffington Post, this news isn’t surprising as the group working on the rules has a long list of other pending regulations to implement...

It Was a Hot, Dry Summer With Little Change In Sight
September 14, 2011 | NOAA

NOAA and the National Climatic Data Center recently released the State of the Climate overview for August and the entire summer, and the verdict is in: this was the second warmest summer on record for the U.S. It was also dry, with precipitation averaging 1.0 inch below the long-term average....

Current Extreme Temperatures to Become the Norm
September 14, 2011 | Climatic Change

Authors of a recent article in Climatic Change determined how a 1.2˚C global-mean temperature increase relative to present would affect the frequency of temperature extremes in the future. Their findings suggest that even before global-mean temperature reaches 1.2˚C above present, seasonal-mean temperature extremes will become...

Extreme Weather Linked to Climate Change
September 14, 2011 | Climate Communication

In a September 7 press conference, experts from the nonprofit Climate Communication project discussed the connection between global extreme weather and climate change. In recent decades, as the climate has warmed, extreme weather has become more frequent. This extreme weather (which the U.S. has seen a lot of...

Natural Gas Initially Worse for Global Warming Than Coal
September 14, 2011 | Climatic Change

A recent study in Climatic Change finds that the substitution of natural gas for coal initially increases global warming for many decades, rather than decreasing it as previously thought. The authors substituted various reductions in coal production and use with energy-equivalent increases in natural gas, and evaluated natural...

Guidelines Help Managers Better Utilize Climate Models
September 8, 2011 | EOS

Policy makers, water managers, and others in government and academia frequently use climate model outputs in support of research and management decisions.  Authors of a recent article in Eos propose guidelines for creating and applying climate scenarios to research and management questions...

Obama Administration Withdraws Stricter Air-Quality Regulation
September 8, 2011 | The White House

President Obama announced on Friday the withdrawal of the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards.  The proposed rule from the EPA would have improved current standards...

Saving CA Salmon Will Require Hydropower Cooperation
September 8, 2011 | Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management

Researchers have found that Spring-run Chinook salmon in California face extinction as streams warm under future climate change.  Their findings show that stopping water diversion for power production during summer is the only management adaptation that will result in cooler water...

Texas Fires Intensify
September 8, 2011 | Texas Forest Service

In the past week, the Texas Forest Service responded to an estimated 181 fires covering more than 210 square miles, mostly in the eastern half of the state.  High winds perpetuated by Tropical Storm Lee fanned flames and...

California to Implement Bidding Program for Renewable Energy Projects
September 8, 2011 | InsideClimate News

California is the first state to finalize a bidding program, known as the renewable auction mechanism (RAM), in which utility giants will be required to auction off electricity to developers.  InsideClimate News reports that developers of small-scale...