Whether these are rural newspapers, daily weather reports on television, or the state’s largest paper, not giving readers information about climate change – and what scientists are anticipating will occur in New Mexico as the region continues warming – does a great disservice to the public.
There’s no shortage of accurate—and readable—information about climate change in the southwestern United States. Since Laura Paskus loves making lists, she jumped at the chance to share some of the titles on the bookshelf next to her own desk for those seeking to learn more about what’s happening as the region warms.
Last year, New Mexico state lawmakers set aside $100,000 to study the state’s water supply. But now, the funding is gone. Citing a drop in state revenue, the Legislature has pulled funding for the group—known as the New Mexico Universities Working Group on Water Supply Vulnerabilities.
Drought is not unusual in New Mexico. But unlike in the past, when changes in long-term, large-scale precipitation patterns drove drought in the Southwest, changes in temperature will drive drought in the future.