In the Southwest, climate-change-induced drought and warmer temperatures over the past decades have fostered wildfires and reduced the reliability of water supplies; these conditions are likely to continue and possibly intensify in the future, according to a draft of the Third National Climate Assessment, released for public review by a Federal Advisory Committee.
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 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.
When the Senate and House passed the tax relief bill to avoid the ‘fiscal cliff’ Tuesday, they also extended the Production Tax Credit for renewable energy, a key victory for the wind energy industry.
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.
By 2060, demand for water in the Colorado River Basin is projected to exceed supply by about 3.2 million acre-feet (maf)—a measure of water in which one acre-foot is the amount of water that would fill one acre to a depth of one foot. This is according to a new report just released by the U.S.
The United States and Mexico signed a major agreement this week aimed at guiding management of the Colorado River through 2017.