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Keep up to date with the Southwest Climate Change Network news feeds. Drawing on a selection of high-quality credible sources, the feeds provide quick access to new and recent stories on climate change and energy in the Southwest, cutting-edge climate change research, and climate change solutions involving policy, new technology, and the private sector.

In The News

New Wind Energy Project Approved for AZ
July 11, 2013 | Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior has approved a major wind energy project in northwestern Arizona—about 40 miles northwest of Kingman—as part of an overall national effort to reduce carbon emissions. The wind farm will contain 243 wind...

AZ, NM Look to Monsoon for Drought Relief
July 3, 2013 | CLIMAS

Warm and dry conditions continued across Arizona and New Mexico over the past 30 days, according to the June Southwest Climate Outlook from CLIMAS. Temperatures were more than 3 degrees above normal in most of both states, and precipitation was less than 5 percent of average in almost all of Arizona and most of New Mexico...

Carbon Dataset Can Help Ag Mitigate Climate Change
July 3, 2013 | USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

In an attempt to help America’s farmers, ranchers and forest owners adapt to climate change, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) created the world’s largest dataset of soil carbon levels. The soil carbon dataset, known as the Rapid Carbon Assessment (RaCA...

Western Governors Unveil 10-Year Energy Goals
July 3, 2013 | Western Governors’ Association

In the annual meeting of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) this week, the governors released their 10-Year Energy Vision outlining regional goals for energy...

SoCal to Substantially Reduce Imported Water
July 3, 2013 | NRDC

Five southern California water agencies plan to substantially reduce their dependence on water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta and Colorado River systems by 2035, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The...

Finding Certainty Within Uncertainty in CO Streamflow Projections
June 26, 2013 | Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Many studies have projected declines in Colorado River streamflow, but the range of these projections is large, from less than 10 percent reduction to as much as 45 percent by the middle of this century. A new study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, aimed to understand...

LA Mountains Lose Substantial Snowfall by Mid-Century
June 26, 2013 | UCLA

Snowfall in Los Angeles-area mountains is expected to decline by about 42 percent by mid-century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at their current rate, altering important hydrological and ecological processes downstream, according to a new study conducted by...

Obama Releases New Climate Change Action Plan
June 26, 2013 | The White House

President Obama introduced a new climate action plan yesterday, outlining ways in which the U.S. will reduce its carbon emissions, as well as plans for adapting to climate change impacts. In order to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, Obama is directing the EPA—starting this year and continuing through 2016—...

Spring was Warm, Dry in SW
June 26, 2013 | NOAA

Drought conditions worsened in the West during the March-May spring season, as precipitation was much below normal in the majority of the Southwest, according to the Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook report from NOAA. Temperatures were above to much-above normal in Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and western New...

Dust Increasing in Western U.S.
June 14, 2013 | Aeolian Research

The amount of dust in the air is increasing in the western U.S., most likely due to increased aridity, wind transport, and human activity. The new research, published in the journal Aeolian Research, is corroborated by evidence showing increases in the frequency of dust storms and low-visibility days. The...