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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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Warm Southwest Summer Predicted, Monsoon Outlook Uncertain
June 1, 2011 | CLIMAS

The May 2011 Southwest Climate Outlook from CLIMAS forecasts a 50% likelihood of a warmer than average summer in Arizona and New Mexico. Although a strong summer monsoon will be needed to alleviate last year’s widespread drought, the precipitation forecast calls for equal chances of an above-average, average, and...

Water Conservation Best Way to Conserve Energy in CA
June 1, 2011 | UCLA Law and Berkeley Law

A new report from the University of California, Berkeley, and UCLA law schools highlights the amount of energy required to move, treat, and use water in California with the aim of reducing energy use through water use efficiency. The report concludes that water conservation at home...

Closed Pine Cones Allow Forest Regrowth After Beetle Attack
June 1, 2011 | American Journal of Botany

The closed cones of lodgepole pine on the forest floor provide a seed bank for forests decimated by mountain pine beetles, according to new researchpublished in the American Journal of Botany. Typically these cones only open and release their seeds after a fire. However, seeds that remain enclosed in cones following the beetle-...

Record Global Carbon Emissions Cause Alarm
June 1, 2011 | International Energy Agency

The amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere in 2010 set a record, despite a large economic recession. According to the International Energy Agency, 30.6 Gigatons (Gt) of carbon were emitted in 2010, up from 29.3 Gt in 2008. The increase makes it more likely global temperature will surpass the 2°C average global...

New Vehicle Fuel Economy Label Will Help Consumers
June 1, 2011 | EPA

The U.S. EPA and Department of Transportation have released new fuel economy labels for cars and trucks that will provide consumers with more information on fuel economy, annual fuel savings, and fuel costs, and provide greenhouse gas and smog ratings. The new information is geared to help consumers (...

West Texas Droughts Causing Strife for Ranchers, Farmers
May 24, 2011 | LA Times

Farmers and ranchers in Texas are struggling as 82% of the state experiences extreme or exceptional drought, according to the LA Times. The lack of rainfall is causing topsoil to blow away, crops to fail, and cattle to go thirsty. Climate change is partly to blame, as extremes become the...

New WaterSMART Grants Go to SW
May 24, 2011 | U.S. DOI

The U.S Department of the Interior has announced the 54 recipients of new WaterSMART grants, totaling $24 million. Several of these awards will go to Southwestern communities and regions: In Arizona, New Mexico, Utah,...

NOAA Predicts Weak Hurricane Season in East Pacific
May 24, 2011 | NOAA

According to a recent prediction by NOAA, there is 70% probability that this year’s hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific will be below normal. NOAA is predicting a 70% chance of 9-15 named storms, due to increased wind shear and projected ENSO neutral conditions during the summer months. Meanwhile, the...

Price Tag for Tribal Water Deal Too High for U.S. Congress
May 24, 2011 | AZ Daily Sun

A new deal negotiated by U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) would secure water rights for the Navajo and Hopi nations, but the $800 million price tag may be too high for Congress, according to the AZ Daily Sun. The $800 million, needed to pay for pipelines to transport water from the...

La Niña Induced Expanding Drought Across NM
May 18, 2011 | CLIMAS

The evolution of the extreme drought conditions in New Mexico from the fall of 2010 through spring 2011 is highlighted in the most recent edition of the La Niña Drought Tracker. As of May 3, 61% of the state was experiencing extreme or exceptional drought, mostly due to prevailing La Niña conditions during the...