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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 Clare Aslan on August 19, 2013

A coyote lopes across Silverbell Road in Tucson, crossing Christopher Columbus parking lot in the pale predawn of late spring. He pauses to drink at the fish-stocked Silverbell Lake. A hummingbird...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on March 1, 2013

The Colorado River, as many Southwesterners know, quenches the thirst of millions of people in several states. Many also are aware that the river is over-allocated, with more water designated to...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on June 11, 2012

Rights to water from the Colorado River were allocated to seven states in the Southwest in 1922 based on a period of high streamflow. Streamflow over the previous few decades that provided the...

Posted by Sarah LeRoy on February 8, 2012

Freshwater is a precious resource, especially in the arid and drought-prone Southwest. But what you may not know is that the biggest user of freshwater in the U.S. is not our everyday needs, or...

Posted by Zack Guido on November 6, 2010

I’d wager that the environmental issue that draws the most attention and concern in the Southwest is water and its dwindling supplies.

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Posted by Zack Guido on August 24, 2010

Two days prior to leaving for the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, I had my vision tested by a testy optometrist. Once he found out I study the climate, I heard numerous vacuous arguments and twisted...

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