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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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America’s Rivers, Streams in Poor Aquatic Health
April 3, 2013 | EPA

Streams and rivers in the U.S. are under significant ecological pressure, with over half in poor condition to support aquatic life, according to a recent report by the...

Northern Monsoon Intensified in Recent Decades
March 25, 2013 | PNAS

Warming in recent decades, coupled with natural climate variations, has intensified the summer monsoon system across Asia, West Africa, and North America, according to a recent paper in PNAS. The authors studied the Northern Hemisphere monsoon system since the late 1970s, when the globe warmed by...

First Images Released From Landsat 8 Satellite
March 25, 2013 | NASA

The first images from the newest Landsat satellite have been released by NASA and USGS, showing the intersection of the Great Plains and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The images collected from the satellite over the next five years of its planned mission life will allow scientists to distinguish...

Three Clean Energy Projects Approved in CA, NV
March 21, 2013 | Department of the Interior

The U.S. Department of the Interior approved three major renewable energy projects—two photovoltaic solar and one wind—in California and Nevada last week. The new projects are expected to provide enough energy to power more than 340,000 homes...

Katrina-Size Storm-Surge Events May Increase Tenfold
March 21, 2013 | PNAS

Over the course of the 20th century, global warming led to a doubling of Katrina-magnitude storm-surge events, and for every 1.8 degree F increase in global temperatures in the future, the frequency of Katrina-magnitude events in the Atlantic Ocean could increase by three to four times. This is according to a recent publication in...

Significant Vehicle Emissions Reductions Difficult, But Possible
March 21, 2013 | National Research Council

It will be very difficult for the U.S. to reduce its automobile petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 relative to 2005, according to a new congressionally mandated report by the National Research Council. In order for these reductions to occur, a different combination of vehicle types will need to be in...

Geoengineering Research Must Continue, Scientists Urge
March 21, 2013 | Science

Geoengineering techniques—methods of intervening in the Earth’s climate system to reduce global warming—have both costs and benefits, but more research is needed so that if the technologies are actually needed in the future, policy makers can make informed decisions, according to an article in...

SW Winter Temps Buck National Trend
March 14, 2013 | NOAA

Temperatures this past winter (December – February) were 1.9 degrees F above average for the contiguous U.S., making the season the 20th warmest winter on record for the country, according to the latest State of the Climate from NOAA. However, in the Southwest, temperatures were up to 6 degrees F cooler than average,...

Monsoon Plays Major Role in Long-Term Droughts
March 14, 2013 | Geophysical Research Letters

A recent publication sheds light on the North American Monsoon and how it has changed over the past five centuries. Authors of the study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, used a portion of annual tree-rings, known as the latewood, to reconstruct just the monsoon precipitation (June-August) over the...

Temperatures by 2100 Will Exceed Those of the Past 11,300 Years
March 14, 2013 | Science

By the year 2100, surface temperatures will exceed those of the Holocene (the past about 11,300 years), according to new research published in Science. The authors used records of temperature reconstructed from a variety of paleoclimatic indicators from over 70 locations...