Why We Need to Understand Climate Change

http://www.clker.com Assignment Intention: Due to increasing anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases, accelerating rates of deforestation and industrial methods of agriculture, the average global temperature rise since 1880 is 1.53 degrees Celsius, (IPCC 2013) https://www2.ucar.edu/climate/faq/how-much-has-global-temperature-risen-last-100-years.  Impacts of this climate change are being felt all over the globe.  Here in New Mexico, we are experiencing increases in…

Climate Change in the Desert Southwest

Climate change is happening NOW in the Southwestern United States.  We are experiencing increases in the frequency and intensity of fire, extended drought, increasing temperatures and evapotranspiration rates, pest infestations, decreased crop production, increases in flood events, shifting ecosystem boundaries, desertification of grasslands, decreasing species diversity, decreasing snow pack, lowering water tables and river volumes. Our…