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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.

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Northern Hemisphere Air Pollution Linked to Drought Worldwide
June 14, 2013 | Geophysical Research Letters

Pollution from the Northern Hemisphere led to drought in Africa, Asia, and South America during the latter half of the 20th century, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters. The authors used observations and global climate models to determine global precipitation patterns...

CA Drastically Reduces Carbon Emissions
June 14, 2013 | California Air Resources Board

California has significantly reduced its contribution to global warming since the late 1980s by reducing the emissions of tiny soot particles known as black carbon, coming mostly from diesel engines, through air quality programs, according to a recent study by the ...

NYC Releases Comprehensive Climate Change Resiliency Plan
June 14, 2013 | NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency

The city of New York has released a $19.5 billion plan to prepare for the impacts of climate change and boost its resilience to...

Universities Should Lead Climate Change Adaptation
June 7, 2013 | American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Higher education institutions have a critical role to play in helping society prepare for the impacts of climate change, but so far have not focused on adaptation sufficiently, according to a new report prepared by the Higher Education Climate Adaptation Committee in support of the...

Native CA Fish Highly Vulnerable to Climate Change
June 7, 2013 | PLOS ONE

Freshwater fish native to California are highly vulnerable to climate change, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE. The authors used both expert knowledge and literature reviews to determine the current status and the future vulnerability of both native and alien fish species in...

U.S. Weather Extremes Dominated 2012 Global Losses
June 7, 2013 | Worldwatch Institute

Of the 905 natural catastrophes worldwide last year, 26 percent occurred in the U.S., but these accounted for 69 percent of overall losses and 92 percent of insured losses, according to the Worldwatch Institute. The three major weather-related catastrophes in the U.S. last year—Hurricane Sandy, drought in the Midwest, and severe storms...

New Tools May Help Agriculture Adapt to Climate Change
June 7, 2013 | USDA

Regional climate hubs and new research tools are among the ways in which the USDA is planning to help the agriculture sector mitigate and adapt to climate challenges. Farmers and ranchers stand “on the front line” of risk adaptation, and with a greater number of more intense...

Warming Could Strengthen Monsoons
May 31, 2013 | PNAS

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. The authors used a cave formation from Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico...

Restoration Efforts Worthwhile in Parts of Colorado River Delta
May 31, 2013 | Pacific Institute

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. A new study by ...

Emissions Reductions from Natural Gas Dependent on Rate of Methane Leakage
May 31, 2013 | Climate Central

The amount of reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when switching from coal to natural gas for electricity generation largely depends on the amount of methane leaked from the natural gas system, and that is a hard variable to calculate, according to a recent report by Climate Central...