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    •  Welcome to the future of the American Southwest (7+ / 0-)

      Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S.

      Key Issues

      Water supplies will become increasingly scarce, calling for trade-offs among competing uses, and potentially leading to conflict. Water is vital to agriculture, hydroelectric power production, the growing human population, and ecosystems. Water supplies in some areas are already becoming limited. Large reductions in spring precipitation are projected for the Southwest. Continued temperature increases combined with river flow reductions and rapid population growth will increase competition for water supplies.

      Increased frequency and altered timing of flooding will increase risks to people, ecosystems, and infrastructure.
      Rapid landscape transformation due to vegetation die-off, wildfire, and loss of wetlands along rivers reduces flood-buffering capacity. Decreased snow cover on the lower slopes of high mountains and the increased fraction of winter precipitation falling as rain and therefore running off more rapidly also increases flood risk.

      Increasing temperature, drought, wildfire, and invasive species will accelerate transformation of the landscape.
      Impacts of climate change on the landscape of the Southwest are likely to be substantial, threatening biological diversity, protected areas, and ranching and agricultural lands. Temperature increases have made the current drought in the region more severe than the natural droughts of the last several centuries. Record-setting wildfires are resulting from the rising temperatures and related reductions in spring snowpack and soil moisture.

      And the Anti-Science Republicans want us to ignore the beginnings of the drastic changes on the way.

      Insurance, Oil, Banking, and Defense corporations all have a substantial equity positions in what's supposed to be our Congress.

      by Lefty Coaster on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 10:46:39 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not sure about the weather patterns (3+ / 0-)

        being that strong to immediate drought here (though there's no reason at all to assume they won't get us for decades at any given point).

        We have mountain influence for our rain. I think the most insidious aspect of all this is how the nuclear industries are busy hassling the city governments in Eddy (my county) and Lea (county to the east) to get all excited about letting nuclear enrichment plants go in (Lea, in Eunice) and here in Carlsbad we narrowly escaped having our local nuclear waste disposal plant added on to, to become a place that made plutonium pits (nuclear triggers for nuclear bombs) to replace the old ones that the nuke friendly people were worrying were going bad, those old nuclear triggers. CCNS ( keeps us up on all of that; they're in Albuquerque/Santa Fe.

        We have water here. We are in a lot better shape than much of the southwest, and the nuclear industry is busy trying to get it from us. Peace Voter ( another Kossack here has written to me about this at great length.

        Yeah; we're running out of water down here, and the nuclear industries are busy trying to get public money, our money; to get in and make some bucks before the wells run dry, in places like the town I live in, where there is actually a bit of sustainable water, down here in the desert.

        I don't like to say I hate people, but I surely hate this sort of mindset; this rapacious sort of way of thinking always about "What can I get? What can I take?"

        "Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it." - Tallulah Bankhead

        by mieprowan on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 11:48:49 PM PDT

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      •  Interns in Senate offices (1+ / 0-)
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        say that their phone lines have been flooded with people whining about how global warming isn't real and we're imposing needless energy taxes.  

        The more they become marginalized, the more they feel they need to yell.  The White House publishing a conclusive and explicity report on climate change's effects here and now seemed only to spark the fires.  

        ""You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else."

    •  I'm glad to hear you got rain. (1+ / 0-)
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      For right now, it's a blessing. Soon, I fear it will be as rare as hen's teeth in your part of the world.

      Extreme Republican Evangelical Elitism is destroying America

      by shpilk on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 11:27:35 PM PDT

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    •  wow, meip this diary is full of energy! (1+ / 0-)
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      You managed to convey a superball bouncing sort of feeling with all your excitement!

      Reminds me of the "Jordan" character in Real Genius.  If you haven't seen that movie... go get it!  I think you'd love it.  It's the best movie representation of graduate school that has been made.

      Oh yeah...And I'm glad you got some wet stuff in your desert paradise!

      "My greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it's possible that I'm a little too awesome." -Barack Obama 10/16/08

      by Hopeful Skeptic on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 12:33:34 AM PDT

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      •  thanks (0+ / 0-)

        I tend to use this place as kind of an experimental ground for writing. It can work well for that if one is willing to take some flak. The feedback is always a big learning experience; often entirely different than anything I expect, more often than not, really.

        "Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it." - Tallulah Bankhead

        by mieprowan on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 08:29:01 PM PDT

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