Tag Archives: climate change

Weather ravages border communities

Frontera NorteSur

In the last two years, Maverick County, Texas, made the list of entities rated by the U.S. Drought Monitor as suffering from extreme or exceptional drought. The classification made farmers in the county on the U.S.-Mexico border eligible for extra assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

But on June 14 and 15, the world changed dramatically. In a 36-hour period, 16.65 inches of rain deluged Maverick, setting off flooding in low-income neighborhoods known as colonias and many other parts of the county.

How to tell your 8-year-old about climate change

Ngoc Nguyen

(Image courtesy of New America Media)

(Image courtesy of New America Media)

New America Media

When Ian Kim imagines the world his 7-year-old daughter will be living in 20 years from now, he says, it keeps him up at night. Images of ever more frequent super storms like Sandy, along with rising seas, or drought and heat waves wreaking havoc with crops haunt his waking hours.

Report: Climate change complications for Colorado wildlife

This NWF map shows the increase in wildfire acreages for every 1.8 degree rise in temperatures. (Courtesy of NWF.)

This NWF map shows the increase in wildfire acreages for every 1.8 degree rise in temperatures. (Courtesy of NWF.)

Deborah Courson Smith

Public News Service

DENVER – Wild weather, droughts and wildfires in Colorado are chronicled in a new report from the National Wildlife Federation that takes a look at how climate change is impacting wild critters large and small.

The increase in the number of acres burning each summer is significant, said report author and federation senior scientist Amanda Staudt, as is the length of the wildfire season.

Increases in extreme rainfall linked to global warming

University of Adelaide

A worldwide review of global rainfall data led by the University of Adelaide has found that the intensity of the most extreme rainfall events is increasing across the globe as temperatures rise.

Word usage can affect public acceptance of climate change

University of Missouri

Public acceptance of climate change’s reality may have been influenced by the rate at which words moved from scientific journals into the mainstream, according to anthropologist Michael O’Brien, dean of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri.

The fabulous, frightening fall of 2012

Fall on the Rio Grande. (Photo courtesy of Mike Tungate via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

Silence greets climate-change report

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur, Commentary

High fall is a glorious time in New Mexico. As farmers’ markets unload the last batches of home-grown produce, the lingering aromas of fresh, roasting green chile stimulate the senses. Pumpkins, soon transformed into scary faces, hop from the farm to haunt homes. Running down the Middle Rio Grande Valley, the bosque, or river forest, dazzles like a drooping ribbon of green, yellow and orange, nudging the big Elephant Butte Reservoir that supplies water to New Mexico, Texas and Mexico.

Mixed mood in Mexico as July 1 vote looms

Supporter of PRD candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador displays campaign materials on June 23 in Calle Madero, Mexico City. Mexico will elect a new president and various other officials on July 1. (Photo courtesy Randal Sheppard via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License details below.)

PRI poised for return to Los Pinos

Virtually uncovered in the US press and given secondary treatment in the Mexican national media, the local and state elections will have important consequences for the distribution of power during the next several years, especially considering the enhanced autonomy of municipal and state governments in relation to federal authority.

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

As Mexico’s political campaigns wind down in preparation for the big election day on July 1, mixed moods of doubt, anger, tension, confusion, excitement, exhaustion, resignation and hope grip the body politic.

Climate havoc crosses borders

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martines and Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte chat during a visit Martinez paid to Chihuahua city in November. The two governors now are struggling with an ongoing drought in the region. (Rio Grande Digital file photo)

Frontera NorteSur

For the second year in a row, residents of New Mexico and neighboring Chihuahua, Mexico, find themselves in the throes of severe drought. On May 15, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez issued an emergency drought declaration, citing in part a forecast from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center that warned of persistent or intensified drought in the state.

As an example of deepening water woes, Martinez noted the water shortage in the northern town of Las Vegas. Martinez’s office stated that 2011 was the second driest year ever recorded in New Mexico.

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