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Southwest Climate Blog

The Southwest Climate Blog, a new feature of the Southwest Climate Change Network Web site, will explore challenges that experts and community members in the region face in trying to understand climate variability and change and make informed decisions.

Posted by David Bertelsen on May 2, 2012

I first hiked up through the Finger Rock Canyon drainage to Mt. Kimball outside of Tucson, AZ in 1981 and immediately fell in love with the trail. Starting in saguaro and palo verde desert, the...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on April 23, 2012

In my last blog I explored the scientific basis of attributing climate extremes to climate change. Can we attribute one extreme event...

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Posted by Sarah LeRoy on April 10, 2012

Last year the U.S. experienced a record 14 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters (the previous record of nine was set in 2008) totaling $53 billion dollars in damage (...

Posted by Zack Guido on March 30, 2012

Where has all the heat gone?

Eleven of the twelve warmest years on record have occurred since 2000. The average global temperature during this decade has also been the warmest on record,...

Posted by Mike Crimmins on March 22, 2012

An impressive late winter storm moved across the Southwest earlier this week dropping over two feet of snow across higher elevations and over half an inch of rain to much of the low desert...

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Posted by Sarah LeRoy on March 9, 2012

“The nuclear waste problem is solved; we just have to do something about it.”

So said Mark Lynas, a controversial and award-winning writer from the UK who visited the University...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on February 23, 2012

Who can forget a year ago, when temperatures in the Southwest plunged well below freezing, bursting water pipes and devastating local vegetation (...

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Posted by Jonathan Overpeck on February 16, 2012

It’s time to get the discussion going on our first SW Climate Book Club selection: ...

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Posted by Christopher Cokinos on February 16, 2012

Are greenhouse gas emissions going up or down? Are governments and international agreements working to grapple effectively with moving to a low- or zero-carbon economy?

Up and no.

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Posted by Jonathan Overpeck on February 13, 2012

Ready to discuss climate change and geoengineering? As we announced a few weeks back, we’ll be hosting both online and in-person discussions focused on this topic and the book:...

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