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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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Saving the San Pedro River
March 29, 2011 | Agricultural Research

Agricultural research scientists are working to maintain the unique San Pedro Riparian Area, threatened by rapid groundwater depletion, while also ensuring that human water needs are met in this southeastern Arizona region. Their story is reported in the journal Agricultural Research this month.

Will Lake Powell Become History?
March 29, 2011 | Salt Lake Tribune

Lake Powell’s future depends on keeping Lake Mead full, according to scientists interviewed by the Salt Lake Tribune.  Due to the last decade of drought, Lake Mead’s levels have plummeted, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has decided to release more water from Lake Powell...

Drought Persisting Across AZ and NM
March 29, 2011 | CLIMAS

The March 2011 Southwest Climate Outlook reports that last month’s warm and dry conditions have increased the spatial extent and magnitude of drought in southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and eastern Colorado.  Luckily, the La Niña conditions in the tropical Pacific that are partly to blame...

Desert Canal Project Receives Environmental Award
March 22, 2011 | Yuma Sun

The All American Canal Lining Project has won the 2011 National Environmental Excellence Award from the National Association of Environmental Professionals. The project received the award for its conservation and mitigation efforts during construction of 23 miles of concrete-lined canal through the Imperial...

Colorado Water Rights Shift from Farmers to Suburbanites
March 22, 2011 | Denver Post

A recent article in the Denver Post discusses the ongoing transfer of water rights from farmers to city- and suburb-dwellers. Over the last three decades, Colorado farmers have been selling water to thirsty cities and suburbs, and farmland has been going dry. State officials are concerned about this trend, as dwindling farmland...

House GOP Objects to Tough CA Emission Standards
March 22, 2011 | San Francisco Chronicle

House Republicans want to remove the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to grant California federal waivers that allow the state to impose stricter emissions regulations, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.  Disallowing the waivers,...

Can Past Hyperthermals Teach Us About Future Climate Change?
March 22, 2011 | Nature

A new study published in Nature has identified 40,000-year periods of warmer global temperatures—“hyperthermals”—that occurred during the warm Eocene Epoch from 65 million to 34 million years ago. These warmer periods were caused by a release of greenhouse gases from the deep ocean,...

Climate Change More Convincing Than Global Warming
March 15, 2011 | Public Opinion Quarterly

A new survey has found that Americans’ perception of global climate change depends on the wording. When asked their opinion on the reality of ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change,’ more people acknowledged that climate change, rather than global warming, is occurring. Phrasing differences were also...

CA Coastal City Preps for Sea Level Rise
March 15, 2011 | LA Times

Maps highlighting the impact of sea level rise on cities across the U.S. show Southwest coastal cities getting off easy compared to other areas, like the Gulf Coast, but some cities are still beginning to plan for higher sea levels. The LA Times...

Economic Recovery Requires Cheap (Hopefully Clean) Energy
March 15, 2011 | ClimateBiz

A recent debate, “Clean Energy Can Drive America’s Economy,” sponsored by Intelligence Squared, asked the wrong question, writes Marc Gunther on...