New Mexico has the same water stress level as the United Arab Emirates, an analysis from the World Resources Institute finds.
The state could have three months worth of 100-plus degree days by 2080, up from about 20 in the ‘60s and ‘70s, under a higher emissions scenario, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts, putting the elderly and children at greater risk of heat-related deaths and changing our agricultural system. In New Mexico, catastrophic wildfires, intense drought and heat over the last couple of decades have brought climate change into high relief. When it comes to global warming and mitigating its damage, there’s a lot going on, both here in New Mexico and around the world. There’s also high interest.
Polls consistently show New Mexicans, in line with residents in all Rocky Mountain states, believe climate change is a pressing issue. Most recently, an annual bipartisan poll conducted by Colorado College found that New Mexicans increasingly say climate change is a serious problem.
Yet, in the news, you’re a lot more likely to hear about President Trump’s latest tweet controversy than you are climate change.
That’s just not right.
As a profession, the news industry is not doing enough to ensure the global climate emergency receives the public debate and discussion it deserves.