Freshwater fish native to California are highly vulnerable to climate change, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.
As many dwellers of the Southwest know, the Colorado River barely flows past the California/Arizona/Baja California border due to intensive diversions of the water north of the border.
As global temperatures continue to rise, monsoons across the Northern Hemisphere, including the one that affects the Southwest, may become stronger, according to a recent study published in PNAS.
Plants have been shrinking since 1893 in the Great Basin region, possibly in response to increased minimum and maximum temperatures, according to a recent study published in Global Change Biology.
Cattle grazing in parts of western North America increases the severity of cheatgrass invasion, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.
Warming during February and March since the 1980s has driven declines in snowpack in the Rocky Mountains of western North America, according to a recent study published in Geophysical Research Letters.
Enhanced vegetation growth triggered by heavy rains last winter, followed by drying soils resulting from low rainfall and high temperatures in the spring have fueled Southern California’s early wildfire season, according to scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Chapman University.
Due to budget cuts including sequestration, the USGS may be forced to cease operation of up to 375 stream gauges across the nation. Currently the agency’s network contains more than 8,000 gauges that monitor stream discharge and help water managers predict and address drought and flood conditions.
A large portion of hydraulic fracturing operations in the U.S.