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Written primarily by guest authors, feature articles provide "on-the-ground" perspectives and credible assessments of various topics related to climate change solutions and science, with an emphasis on the Southwest.

Coping with Drought on the Rio Grande

Posted by Zack Guido | on August 27, 2012
Ditch runners-men patrolling irrigation channels-twist open steel gates cut into concrete waterways in New Mexico's Lower Rio Grande River Valley, bathing pecan orchards in water and nurturing vibrant chili plants.

Droughts, Megadroughts, and More: A Conversation with Jonathan Overpeck

Posted by Zack Guido | on July 29, 2012
Soaring temperatures and scant rain have besieged the country in recent months, prompting 26 U.S. states to declare a drought emergency, including New Mexico and Arizona. In the Midwest, the lethal combination of high temperatures and dry conditions has wreaked havoc on a once promising corn harvest.

The 2012 Monsoon Forecast: A Case for Optimism

Posted by Zack Guido | on June 27, 2012
The North American monsoon, the fickle phenomenon that is the summer rainy season in the Southwest, is forecast to be more vigorous than average, with a strong beginning and end.

Americans' Perspectives on the Link between Extreme Events and Climate Change

Posted by Sarah LeRoy Zack Guido | on May 24, 2012
Extreme weather doled out damage with punishing efficiency in 2011. Torrential rains swelled the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in June, destroying roads and bridges; spring and summer drought in the southern tier of the U.S. desiccated thousands of acres of crops; and the remnant of Hurricane Irene pummeled the East Coast.

Cinnamon Snow: Flecks of Dust Alter Western Water Supplies

Posted by Zack Guido | on May 03, 2012
Fierce winds whipped across the Colorado Plateau on March 18, raking plumes of dust into the air. Hundreds of miles to the northeast, the winds scoured the San Juan Mountains at 60 miles per hour, scattering flecks of red and brown earth across the white snow. Farther north, in Boulder, Colo., air quality plummeted.