Drought

July 9, 2011--New Mexico drought forces extreme measures (Durango Herald)

New Mexico water managers said Friday they are hopeful that summer rains will alleviate the pains of a persistent drought, but until then, they’re scrambling to meet demands across the state.


Permanent Hot Summers Predicted According to Stanford Study

According to a new study by scientists at Stanford University, the tropics and much of the Northern Hemisphere are likely to experience an irreversible rise in summer temperatures within the next 20 to 60 years if atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations continue to increase.


Drought and Tourism

The Colorado Water Conservation Board will begin a pilot research project in Southwest Colorado this summer to further investigate droughts’ impacts on the recreational tourism industry and possible solutions to the problems caused by dry years.


June 29, 2011--Water wars may lie ahead (Wall Street Journal)

With global water shortages on the horizon, climate change supporters say an extreme response will be needed from international governments to stem the potential for conflict it will create around the world.


June 19, 2011--Amid Texas drought, high-stakes battle over water (New York Times)

On the cliffs surrounding Lake Buchanan in Central Texas, a white ring extends some 13 feet above the shoreline, marking where the water reaches when the lake is full.


June 18, 2011--Engineer urges valley not to overdraft water (Pueblo Chieftain)

Drought conditions on the San Luis Valley floor have prompted the state engineer to urge farmers to conserve water while federal agricultural officials consider requesting a disaster designation for the area. State Engineer Dick Wolfe said in open letter to valley water users this week that any overdraft of the valley's aquifers will have to be repaid down the road.

June 16, 2011--Spring extreme weather events in 2011 in U.S.: historic and record setting (Washington Post)

Spring 2011 may well go down in the weather history books as the most extreme on record. From the massive April tornado swarm, to record Mississippi river levels, to extreme drought and wildfires in the Southwest, weather extremes were both violent and relentless, taking a terrible toll on human life and the economy.


June 15, 2011--Climate change and the west: A picture of the western United States in the coming decades (Environmental News Network)

Last week findings of a study by the U.S. Geological Survey show a sharp decline in the snowpack of the northern Rocky Mountains over the past 30 years.

June 10, 2011--Europeans act to stem drought damage (New York Times)

The period from March to May in France was the driest in the previous 50 years and the warmest since 1900, according to Météo France, the public weather service. Records have also fallen in England, where the spring has been the driest since 1910 and the warmest since 1659.


June 10, 2011--Colorado River users could face shortage in 2015 (Denver Post)

Deep spring snowpack in parts of the West has given states in the Colorado River basin some relief from drought, but water officials said Thursday there's still work to do to keep faucets running in the future. Before this year, there was a "serious possibility" that a water shortage would be declared next year for California, Arizona and Nevada, U.S.


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